Post-Doctoral Researcher - Research Technician III (Temporary through June 30, 2022, with the possibility of reappointment) (506079)

  • Cal State University (CSU) East Bay
  • Hayward, California
  • Oct 26, 2021
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Job Description

Description:

Salary and Benefits

The starting salary placement depends on qualifications and experience and is anticipated to be in the range of $4,476.00/month to $6,287.00/month.

Cal State East Bay offers a broad range of benefits that includes medical, dental, vision, retirement (CalPERS), 401k, 457, 403(b), dependent and health care reimbursement accounts, life insurance, vacation and sick, 13 paid holidays, one personal holiday and tuition fee waiver.

For more information on the benefits program, please visit https://www.csueastbay.edu/hr/benefits/index.html

About Cal State East Bay

Cal State East Bay's beautiful main campus is located in the Hayward hills with panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay shoreline. Situated above the city of Hayward, the campus offers an ideal setting for teaching and learning and yet easy access to the many cities along the bay. The University has a satellite campus in Concord, a professional development center in Oakland and a significant presence online. Founded in 1957, Cal State East Bay is one of 23 universities of the California State University system (CSU). With an enrollment over 15,800 students, Cal State East Bay is recognized as a regionally engaged and globally oriented university with a strong commitment to academic innovation, student success, engaged and service learning, diversity, and sustainability.

About the Position

The research activities will focus on two projects. The postdoc will spend the majority of their time on The Science Communities of Practice Partnership (SCOPP), a four-year $3.4 million National Science Foundation grant. The project is developing and studying a comprehensive teacher professional development model to transform science teaching and learning in elementary schools serving predominately minoritized students. The project will provide evidence about specific components of the professional development model that support sustainable improvement in science teaching, will test the ways that teacher ownership and organizational capacity mediate instructional change, and will develop four tools for facilitating teacher learning and the accompanying capacity building. This project is in the analysis and writing phase.

The second project is a 4-year NSF funded program called Climate Empowerment Learning Initiative (CELI). This project explores the creation of a schoolwide, multidisciplinary climate justice curriculum and approach for a high school and feeder middle school through Networked Improvement Communities (NIC). The primary outcome sought is school-wide transformation, including teacher and student identity as agents of change. Critical transformative sustainability provides the theoretical framework for this project, supporting instructional practices that directly privilege students' lived experience while also considering the climate crisis and its adverse and disproportionate impacts. The project will draw on surveys, interviews, audio recordings, classroom observations, and field notes to investigate whether and how co-creation through an NIC can lead to rapid educational innovation that transforms whole school, teacher and student outcomes. This project is in the design and data collection phase.

Responsibilities

Design research studies
  • Propose research questions and detailed plans for study
  • Contribute to sampling design
  • Carry out the proposed research design from inception to data collection to publication

Collect quantitative and qualitative data
  • Conduct interviews of teachers and administrators (20-40/year)
  • Independently oversee graduate student researcher and teacher researcher in the collection of interview data
  • Lead administrative staff in collecting survey data
  • Lead the collection of videos and observations of classroom practice and professional development

Organize and analyze quantitative and qualitative data
  • Lead administrative staff and undergraduate researchers in downloading, storing, and organizing data
  • Lead qualitative data analysis and interpretation, including various forms of coding using current software
  • Provide data visualization of quantitative data; run basic statistics

Prepare conference presentations and publications of research findings
  • Propose, write, and present at national educational research conferences
  • Be the lead author on publications related to the research project in highly regarded research journals

Assist with NSF annual reports
  • Draft the research portion of the NSF annual report
  • Attend research and leadership meetings

Organize the work of the research team, including the administrative assistant and graduate and undergraduate researchers
  • Meet week with each team member to guide their work collecting, organizing, and analyzing data
  • Mentor undergraduate and graduate research assistants

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledges and Abilities:

Thorough knowledge of research techniques, including the planning of studies and investigations, the determining of variables and the developing of reference materials; thorough knowledge of research reporting techniques; general knowledge of machine tabulation techniques and the programming of data; thorough knowledge of the techniques and treatment of data such as simple correlation methods, trend analysis, frequency distribution analysis, sampling techniques, hypothesis testing and methods of interval estimation; familiarity with the principles of personnel management and effective supervision and ability to direct the work of others.

Ability to reason logically and capacity for independent and creative thinking on research problems; ability to develop techniques for handling a large variety of detailed data and ability to analyze these data; ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships; ability to speak and write effectively; ability to analyze situations accurately and to adopt an effective course of action.

and

Experience:

Three years of progressively responsible technical research or statistical experience including or supplemented by one year in the interpretation and graphic presentation of data.

Graduate study in the social sciences, economics, mathematics, statistics, public or business administration or engineering may be substituted for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

and

Education:

Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university. (Additional qualifying professional experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.)

Preferred Skills and Knowledge
  • Research experience in science education, teacher learning/professional development, educational reform, organizational theory, and/or environmental education
  • Methodological expertise in qualitative or quantitative research, mixed methods research experience preferred
  • Experience presenting at national conferences and publishing in high-impact educational research journals
  • Experience working in research teams
  • Must have reliable transportation and the ability to travel to different school districts throughout the day
  • Ph.D. in Science Education, Teacher Education, Curriculum Studies, Environmental Education, Learning Sciences, Policy and Organizational Studies in Education, or a closely-related field

Condition(s) of Employment

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including LiveScan, as appropriate), that may include, but is not limited to: criminal records check, verification of academic credentials, licenses, certificates, credit history, professional references and/or verification of work history is required for employment. Cal State East Bay will issue a conditional offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Unsatisfactory results may also affect the continued employment of current Cal State East Bay employees who were conditionally offered the position.

All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate. LiveScan is conducted through the University Police Department.

CSU Vaccination Policy

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at https://calstate.policystat. com/policy/9779821/latest/ and questions may be sent to hr@csueastbay.edu.

EEO Statement

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Cal State East Bay does not discriminate on the basis of any protected categories: age, ancestry, citizenship, color, disability, gender, immigration status, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran's status. The University is committed to the principles of diversity in employment and to creating a stimulating learning environment for its diverse student body.

Other Information

All California State University campuses, including Cal State East Bay, are smoke and tobacco-free. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.csueastbay.edu/smokeandtobaccofree/

In compliance with state and federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, the Cal State East Bay Annual Campus Security Report is available at: http://www.csueastbay.edu/upd/safety-and-security-reports.html

Sponsorship

Cal State East Bay is not a sponsoring agency for Staff or Management positions.

Mandated Reporter

The incumbent in this position may be considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and will be required to comply with requirements set forth in the CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.


Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

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