Position Summary

The Automated Analysis of Constructed Response (AACR) Research Group ( in the CREATE for STEM Institute ( at Michigan State University seeks candidates to fill two Research Associate positions for research about STEM learning and assessment. We are an interdisciplinary team of Discipline ­Based Education Researchers (DBER) from Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Education, and Statistics who are investigating computerized analysis of students’ writing in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses to model students’ thinking.

We are expanding our NSF-funded research project to develop assessments and resources for analyzing undergraduate learning in the fields of biology and physiology. The selected Research Associates will participate in NSF-funded research projects in collaboration with MSU faculty and other postdoctoral researchers in the Colleges of Education and Natural Science and will provide liaisons to our partner institutions. Our research group has a strong post­doctoral mentoring program and an excellent placement record of our researchers.

Excellent communication and organizational skills are required. You will be expected to participate in the mentoring of graduate and undergraduate research assistants. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Position Summary:

The research associate will work in collaboration with the Director of CREATE and faculty in the Colleges of Education, Natural Science, and Engineering to lead research projects that involve developing, implementing and revising curricular materials for K-8 science education; supporting the design and development of research; collecting, organizing and analyzing data; and writing scholarly materials.

Responsibilities include working in coordination with the director of CREATE and other faculty to: develop, implement and revise curriculum materials for K-8 science education; develop, revise, and analyze assessments of student learning; support the design and development of research; design, develop and implement professional development with both urban and suburban schools and teachers;  collect, organize and analyze data; provide management and leadership for the project; work with a team to plan and write reports, conference papers, and journal articles that disseminate the research; and make presentations at regional and national conferences. 

The candidates will collaborate with faculty, post-docs, and graduate students in Michigan State's CREATE for STEM Institute (, and will be encouraged to pursue their own research within the overall parameters of the project, as well as opportunities to write supplemental and related grants.

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