The Center for Translational Science Education (CTSE) at Tufts University School of
Medicine in downtown Boston is seeking to hire a postdoctoral scholar to join our efforts
to refine, disseminate, and evaluate the outcomes of a) our citizen science focused
undergraduate-high school program and b) our studies of online distance-learning for
teacher training. This is a full-time training position intended to prepare a scientist
interested in obtaining experience in online teaching, curriculum development and in
exploring biology education research.
Funding is available to work on two projects through an NSF IUSE grant in the Division
of Undergraduate Education and an NIH National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious
Diseases grant. This is a one-year postdoctoral position and is available immediately with
possibility to continue for an additional two years upon review and mutual agreement.
The training will include opportunities to attend regional or national conference(s) to gain
exposure to the depth and breadth of discipline-based education research (DBER). The
selected applicant will also be encouraged to publish findings and develop his/her own
grant proposal based on this or a related project.
The focus of the NSF-funded project is a research-based curriculum that uses a crowdsourcing
approach to assess environmental levels of antibiotic-resistant microbes through
classroom-based collection and analysis of soil samples. The focus of the NIAID-funded
project is to study the best practices of content focused teacher training, while we
disseminate the Infectious Disease module of the Great Diseases Curriculum to teachers
and high school students around the country.
• Interfacing with undergraduate and high school instructors to assist them in
understanding the science pertaining to the project and the methodology of data
• Take an active role in improvement strategies for online reporting of student-generated
• Analyze existing (and create new) assessment data to evaluate program efficacy.
• Create short instructional videos for students and instructors.
• Amend curricular materials based on instructor feedback.
• Develop curricular data analysis activities.
• Attend pedagogical training workshop (and/or help in instruction).
• Direct and evaluate an online course in teaching infections diseases.
• Other duties as is necessary.
• Doctoral or equivalent degree (currently held or expect to obtain shortly) in a scientific
discipline, preferably microbiology or environmental biology.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills, including professional
• Demonstrated ability to create timelines, meet project deadlines, assess priorities, take
initiative, and operate in a flexible manner.
• Demonstrated ability to interpret complex data and visually represent it clearly and
• Demonstrated analytical skills and independent judgment.
• Excellent computer/technical skills.
• Ability to work within a team and independently.
• Innovation, flexibility, and creativity.
• Experience using MS Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook), web
development tools, and social media.
• Knowledge of statistical methods common in biomedical sciences.
• Knowledge of biomedical research culture.
• Experience with the development of educational resources or curricula.
• Demonstrated skills in teaching.
This is a one-year position with opportunity for extension upon mutual agreement.
To apply, submit a cover letter and CV (or resume) with references to Carol Bascom-
Tufts University is an AA/EO employer and actively seeks candidates from diverse
backgrounds. Please see the Tufts University non-discrimination statement.