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Postdoctoral Scholar

Postdoctoral Scholar Posting- Mark Goldman Lab
October 2017

 Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Quantitative Biology and Biology Laboratory Curriculum Development, Assessment, Implementation and Dissemination

 Location: UC Davis 


The Goldman laboratory at UC Davis, in collaboration with the UC Davis Center for Educational Effectiveness, invite applications for an HHMI funded postdoctoral position in Quantitative Biology education.  The goal of the project is to transform undergraduate biology education through aligning the biology curriculum with the real-world interdisciplinary skills and knowledge that are required to address 21st century biology challenges. First, we are developing a new Quantitative Biology (QBio) major to bridge disciplinary gaps by focusing on the integration of biology with quantitative approaches from the mathematical, computational, and physical sciences.  Second, we are developing a model for introductory biology lab courses that teaches undergraduates the full process of scientific discovery from experimental design through quantitative data analysis and computational modeling.  This is being done in the context of an introductory neurobiology laboratory.  More about the projects can be found here: http://www.hhmi.org/research/quantitative-biology-interdisciplinary-foundation-21st-century-biology.

We seek a creative and motivated postdoctoral scholar with interest in the integration of the biological, physical, mathematical, and computational sciences in service of a new interdisciplinary Quantitative Biology major that will serve as a national model for Biology education, as well as a new model for introductory Biology laboratories. The successful candidate will work with the Project PI and the campus Center for Educational Effectiveness to develop educational materials and quantitative and qualitative assessments for all aspects of the upcoming Quantitative Biology Major, as well as the discovery-based NPB 100L: Neurobiology Laboratory course and the upcoming first-year research lab courses in Quantitative Biology. These duties may include, depending on the candidates strengths and interests: help with assessment tool creation, grant-writing, writing educational articles, travel to conferences to present findings, laboratory course pedagogical improvements with possibility of involvement in course instruction, QBio major course development and implementation, facilitation of inter-departmental educational initiatives, student mentoring and career development, creating team atmospheres among quantitative biology students, and working with the education team, broader QBio faculty members, and External Advisory Board to make a well-coordinated quantitative biology major.  


Minimum Qualifications:

PhD degree including quantitative training in biology, mathematics, physics, chemistry, statistics, computer science, engineering, environmental sciences, or related fields including science education.

Broad understanding of the value of analytic and problem-solving skills.

Effective communication both verbal and in writing.

Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative team.

Interest in improving undergraduate science education.

Able to work independently and under minimal supervision.

Highly self-motivated and eager to learn and participate in collaborative approaches.    

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience with curriculum development and/or assessment, especially in the biological, mathematical, physical, or computational sciences.

Experience with quantitative techniques and approaches.

How to apply:

(1)    Curriculum Vitae, (2) a letter of interest, and (3) names and email addresses of three professional references to Mark Goldman, PhD, Professor, Department of Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior (msgoldman@ucdavis.edu). Please include “QBio Postdoc Application” in the email Subject line. The position will remain open until filled, but to ensure consideration, applications should be received by November 15, 2017.