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Postdoctoral Research Associate
University of Maine at Farmington in Farmington, Maine
Date Posted 09/02/2020
Postdoctoral-Researcher Other
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Title:
Postdoctoral Research Associate (id:63683)
Physics & Astronomy - OPS
Bargaining Unit:
Salary Band/Wage Band:
Orono, ME
Statement of the Job:

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will be involved in a multi-institutional project that aims to integrate findings and models from cognitive science (particularly those related to dual-process theories of reasoning) into research-based curriculum development efforts in physics in order to maximize their efficacy. In addition, this project provides an opportunity to gain greater insight into the reasoning approaches employed by novice physics learners, the factors and circumstances contributing to intuitive student ideas, and strategies by which students mediate their intuitive thinking.

The postdoc will work collaboratively with the project PIs to: develop and document instructional interventions that improve student reasoning; identify and articulate specific mechanisms by which such interventions help students reason productively by successfully recognizing and mediating instances of intuitive thought; establish a framework for curriculum development aligned with dual-process theories of reasoning; actively involved in intervention and research-task development, data collection, and analysis; mentor graduate and undergraduate researchers at collaborating institutions; provide logistical support and project coordination; present research findings and facilitate project-related workshops at professional meetings; prepare manuscripts for publication in collaboration with other researchers in project collaboration; develop and maintain professional relationships that reflect courtesy, civility, and mutual respect; and perform other reasonably related duties as assigned. Typical hiring range for this position is $48,000 to $50,000, commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Complete Job Description

About the University:

The University of Maine is a community of more than 11,200 undergraduate and graduate students, and 2,500 employees located on the Orono campus and throughout the state. UMaine is the state land and sea grant university and maintains a leadership role as the System’s flagship university. As a result, it is dedicated to providing excellent teaching, research, and service at the university, state, and national levels.

Further information about UMaine can be found at

The University of Maine offers a wide range of benefits for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability as well as retirement plan options. As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples.

UMaine is located in beautiful Central Maine. Many employees report that a primary reason for choosing to come to UMaine is quality of life. Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools, safe neighborhoods, high quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live.

Learn more about what the Bangor region has to offer here.



  • Ph.D. in Physics, Physics Education Research, or a closely related field by the start of the appointment.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with others on research.


  • Demonstrated interest in physics education research and interactive teaching.
  • Demonstrated experience with quantitative and statistical analysis and/or qualitative research.
  • Excellent written communication skills evidenced through a record of scholarly publications.
  • The ability to coordinate and manage projects with multiple data sources.
Other Information:

Materials must be submitted via "Apply For Position" below. You will need to create a profile and application; upload:

1.) a cover letter which describes your experience, interests, and suitability for the position
2.) a resume/curriculum vitae
3.) contact information for three professional references

You will also need to submit the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status forms. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Materials received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.

Updated Search Timeline:
Review of applications to begin: August 27, 2020
Interviews to be no earlier than: September 14, 2020
Tentative start date: January 1, 2021 or sooner

Original Search Timeline:
Review of applications to begin: July 27, 2020
Interviews to begin no earlier than: August 3, 2020
Tentative start date: September 1, 2020

For questions about the search, please contact search committee chair MacKenzie Stetzer at or 207-581-1033.

Appropriate background checks are required.

The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Amie Parker, Interim Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

Fiscal Year (12 Months)
Required Documents:
Cover Letter, References, Resume/CV
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