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Discipline-Based Education Research (Chemistry), Postdoctoral Research Assistant

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Work Type: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Location: Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Categories: Sciences

Job Title

Discipline-Based Education Research (Chemistry), Postdoctoral Research Assistant



University Expectation

MTSU seeks candidates committed to innovative teaching and meaningful service. We also seek to attract culturally and academically diverse faculty who value working with diverse students.


The salary is $50,000 per year and includes a full benefits package.

Job Summary/Basic Function

The Department of Chemistry at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) invites applicants for a 12-month, full-time Postdoctoral Research Assistant. This is a one-year appointment with the opportunity to renew one additional year, dependent on satisfactory performance. The start date for the position is August 1, 2024, but it can be negotiated based on the successful candidate's needs.

The successful candidate will aid in projects relating to science identity development within STEM learning environments. Possible project topics include investigating the impact of a learning assistant program on student science identity development as well as STEM identity development of marginalized graduate students and the impact of mentorship within graduate school. Projects include both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis methods. Responsibilities include data collection and analysis, writing publications and presentations for the Discipline-Based and STEM education research communities, and training and mentoring undergraduate and graduate researchers on necessary aspects of projects such as software use and overseeing analysis.

Required Education

A PhD in any relevant area (e.g., Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER), science education, learning sciences, psychology, etc.) is required.

Required Related Experience

Two years of experience on research projects in a relevant area (Discipline-Based Education Research, STEM education research, psychology, etc.) that demonstrate an interest in diversity, equity, and inclusion is required. Interest can be demonstrated by describing participation in organizations or groups supporting marginalized groups. If research skills can be transferred from a research project not directly related, describe how those research skills will be relevant to this position.

Other Desirables

  • Demonstrated experience on projects relating to science identity
  • Demonstrated experience working on diversity, equity, and inclusion projects
  • Demonstrated experience working with marginalized populations
  • Demonstrated experience using critical frameworks for analysis
  • Proficiency with research software for both qualitative and quantitative analysis methods (e.g., R and MaxQDA)
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated interest in mentoring students

Documents Needed to Apply

To successfully apply, applicants must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and research statement (as appropriate to the discipline) during the online application process. Please note that your cover letter should describe specific experiences highlighting why this position is appropriate for your area of expertise. 

Special Instruction to Applicants 

For more information about serving as a faculty member at Middle Tennessee State University, please visit our faculty recruitment webpage at

If you need help applying, please contact Mitzi Dunkley, Faculty Recruitment Specialist, at (615) 898-5128. If you have position-specific questions, please contact Katy Hosbein at

MTSU offers a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to the following:  

  • Sick Leave
  • Vacation Leave for Administrative/Classified Staff/12-month Faculty
  • 13 paid University holidays
  • Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance
  • Retirement plans
  • Optional 401K and 403B Deferred Compensation Plans
  • Educational benefits for the employee and their spouse and dependents
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MTSU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that values diversity in all its forms. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Proof of U.S. citizenship or eligibility for U.S. employment is required before employment (Immigration Control Act of 1986). Clery Act crime statistics for MTSU are available at or by contacting MTSU Public Safety at (615) 898-2424.

MTSU is a Tobacco & Drug-Free campus.

This position requires a criminal background check. Therefore, you must provide information about your criminal history to be considered.

For individuals requiring reasonable accommodation to apply: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation to apply for a position with MTSU, please call 615-898-2929 or email

Application Review Date: 11/23/2023

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