STEM Teaching Postdoctoral Fellow

Weber State University
$70,000 per year
Closing date
Mar 13, 2024

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Job Type
Postdoc Fellowship
Organization Type

STEM Teaching Postdoctoral Fellow

Requisition Number: S01672P:
Position Category: Staff
Campus Location: Weber State University - Ogden, UT
Hours Per Week: 40
Months Per Year: 12
Alternate Work Schedule:
Pay Grade: E32
Hourly Pay Rate:
FLSA: Exempt

Job Summary/Basic Function:
The Colleges of Science (COS) and of Education (COE) at Weber State University invite applications for a cluster hire of four full-time Post-Doctoral Fellows from diverse disciplines across science and science education. This cluster hire seeks to bring together recent doctoral graduates from across diverse scientific fields who are interested in both teaching and research in service of undergraduate education. Disciplines for Fellows will span biology, physics, chemistry, math, earth and environmental science, and STEM education. Candidates that demonstrate potential collaborations with faculty in the following disciplines are strongly encouraged to apply:
  1. Soil Sciences
  2. Plant Biology with an emphasis in ecology and evolution
  3. Material Science with an emphasis on experimental methods such as microscopy and spectroscopy
  4. STEM Education with an emphasis on teaching, learning, and equity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) learning environments

Fellows will primarily be engaged in 1) developing and teaching one class per year in their discipline, 2) developing an independent research program which includes, in part, collecting and analyzing data on projects that aim to advance our knowledge and practice of science education, and 3) mentoring undergraduate students. Fellows will receive ample mentorship and professional development opportunities, including conference travel, grant-writing and workshops, and symposium organization.
One broad goal for Post-Doctoral Fellows is for each to develop into a teacher-scholar who is well positioned to start as a successful faculty member at a primarily undergraduate institution (PUI) or research-intensive university or in industry. Given that Weber State University is a PUI, candidates should convey in their application materials an enthusiasm for undergraduate teaching, a commitment to inclusive teaching practices in the classroom and laboratory, and an interest in establishing a productive and student-inclusive research program.
Each appointment is a temporary position for up to two years and may renew after the first year based on funding availability and scholar performance. This position provides a salary of $70,000 per year, a $15,000 research fund, and competitive benefits. This is a contracted position and differs from regular employees in that it does NOT provide retirement benefits.

The College of Science is housed in the Tracy Hall Science Center, a state-of-the-art facility that opened in Fall 2016 and includes two research towers, with 20 research labs, 25 teaching labs, and four floors of 14 classrooms and 235 other rooms, including faculty offices, student collaboration and study spaces, and conference rooms. Fellows are provided with office spaces and the materials and supplies needed to effectively conduct scholarship. More information about select instrumentation can be found at

The COS includes seven departments and the interdisciplinary Environmental Science program. Across campus, there is an emphasis on undergraduate research, sustainability, andcommunity-engaged learning. The College of Science is a leader in these areas.

Required Qualifications:
A Ph.D. in science or science education (or closely-related field) by July 1, 2024 is required.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Ability to teach courses to undergraduate students
  • Experience or interest in teaching science or science education
  • Evidence of successful undergraduate mentorship
  • Experience or interest in using innovative, high-impact teaching strategies
  • Commitment to access and success in STEM and higher education
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Background Check? Yes

Benefits Summary:
WSU offers a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, long-term disability, life insurance, retirement, a wellness program with release time and paid incentives, tuition benefits, free tickets to athletic and performing arts events, and paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave.

Job Open Date: 02/05/2024
Review Date: 03/22/2024
Job Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes

Notes to Applicant:
NOTE: The university cannot provide immigration sponsorship for this position.

If you are passionate about what you could offer and accomplish here at WSU, we would love to hear from you. To apply, please complete the online application and attach:
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Cover letter
  • CV, including three references
  • A statement of interest in teaching and scholarship at Weber State University (1000 word limit)

Questions should be addressed to
Applications received by March 22, 2024 will receive highest priority, and the review of applicants will proceed immediately thereafter. Screening will continue until the position is filled.

A criminal background check is required as a condition of employment.
Start date: July 1, 2024
Weber State University is a primarily undergraduate institution located at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains in Ogden, Utah. For more than five decades, the institution has successfully maintained a dual mission by offering a wide range of baccalaureate programs while also meeting regional community college needs. Weber State University has gained national recognition for its commitment to sustainability and has a goal of being carbon-neutral by 2050.

Ogden is a beautiful city with a rich culture and history. In 2019, Forbes rated Ogden as one of top ten cities in the United States in which to raise a family. Ogden is 45 minutes from Salt Lake City and its international airport. An average of 223 sunny days a year and immediate access to skiing, biking, camping, hiking, and fishing make it an outdoor paradise. Ogden is within a half-day drive of world-class national parks, including Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Utah’s “Mighty Five”. Numerous cultural activities are available all along the Wasatch Front from Ogden to Salt Lake City to Provo. The Utah Transit Authority operates an ever-expanding network of buses and light rail that connect the population centers, including a high-speed train that covers nearly 100 miles from Provo in the south to Ogden in the north. It also provides a seamless transit option from Ogden to the Salt Lake International airport. Learn more about the Ogden area.
Physical Activity of this position: Expressing or exchanging ideas. Those activities in which they must convey detailed or important instructions to other workers accurately or quickly. , Ability to receive detailed information with or without assistance.

Physical Requirements of this position: Light work. Exerting up to 20 lbs of force occasionally and/or up to 10 lbs of force frequently and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. Use of arm and/or leg controls exerting forces greater than that for sedentary work.

Visual Acuity Requirements including color, depth perception and field of vision: Required to perform activities such as preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; using a computer terminal; extensive reading.

The conditions the worker will be subject to in this position: The worker is subject to environmental conditions. Protection from weather conditions but not necessarily from temperature changes. , The worker is subject to hazards. Includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, moving vehicles, electrical current, working on scaffolding and high places, exposure to high heat or exposure to chemicals.

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