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Posted: September 14, 2015

Wayne State University is seeking three postdocs for its Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) program. These postdocs will work with consortium faculty to design a common curriculum that includes courses containing authentic research experiences within the Research Coordination Network RCN model in the areas of biology, chemistry and social/health sciences. A detailed job description is included below, but is also posted on Wayne State’s website at:


In September 2014, Wayne State University was awarded a 5-year NIH grant, Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) partnering with University of Detroit Mercy, Marygrove College and Wayne County Community College District. The consortium aims to create a program that will encourage more undergraduate students from underrepresented and economically disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue careers in biomedical research. As a recipient of this award, Wayne State’s Graduate School will be working to promote redesign of curriculum with emphasis on peer mentoring, early introduction to laboratory research and dedicated faculty advising. The program will develop and implement innovative support programs to enable students to participate in research and mentoring activities.

Job Purpose

Collaborate with consortium faculty, staff and undergraduate students to design a common curriculum emphasizing mentored research among Detroit’s diverse student population leading to accelerated pipeline into master’s and doctoral degrees. Work in partnership with the member institutions to establish Detroit as a center for biomedical research training for underrepresented undergraduate students.

Essential Functions

  • Collaborate with consortium faculty to design a common curriculum that includes courses containing authentic research experiences within the Research Coordination Network RCN model in the areas of biology, chemistry and social/health sciences.
  • Design learning experiences, assessments, and laboratory exercises.
  • Teach using evidence-based methods.
  • Develop a teaching portfolio to prepare for future positions with a strong emphasis in undergraduate STEM education.
  • Work closely with faculty mentors across the four institutions to help implement innovative pedagogical strategies in courses based on the RCN Model.
  • Participate in professional development workshops and conferences.
  • Mentor undergraduate students providing guidance within (RCN) Model.
  • Facilitate a RCN learning community with other fellows at each institution.
  • Engage with undergraduate BUILD scholars on joint research experiences.
  • Participate in various capacities in summer enrichment programs.
  • Conduct discipline-specific research with a postdoctoral research mentor.
  • Maintain data on all course participant data for easy and effective retrieval.
  • Provide support as a team player committed to the success of the BUILD program to ensure positive results and effective programming for all activities.
  • Work with data management group to assist with tracking and evaluating student success.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree must be received from an accredited college or university in a STEM discipline (including social and behavioral sciences) no earlier than 2009 and before September 2015.
  • Reasonable research experience with the disciplinary content associated with one of the RCN models: Chemistry: environmental and analytical chemistry; Biology: genomics, bioinformatics; and Social/Health Sciences: socio-ecological mixed-methods to investigate health disparities
  • Demonstrated ability to independently manage a variety of tasks while ensuring appropriate tracking, quality control, follow-up and multiple deadlines are met.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze data and develop appropriate reports and other presentati.ons using basic and advanced features with Microsoft Office suite of programs.
  • Reasonable experience in use of University information systems (e.g. Banner) and software used to track, analyze and present data (e.g. spreadsheets, charts, graphs).
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to function effectively in a fast-paced, collaborative and collegial environment.
  • Knowledge of university procedures and the ability to interface effectively with other institutions and various units across campus.
  • Organization skills – strong organizational, analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Must demonstrate a high level of professionalism, providing excellent customer service.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Considerable knowledge of the NIH programming guidelines.
  • Have a strong interest in undergraduate STEM education
  • Demonstrated interest in blending individual/personal research with undergraduate education
  • Considerable experience with the university organizational structure and operational policies and procedures.
  • Computerized database experience.