The Social Psychology of Research Experiences & Education (SPREE) Lab, led by Dr. Erin Dolan in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at the University of Georgia (UGA), is seeking a postdoctoral associate to collaborate on the IMPACT Study: Improving Mentorship Practice through Attributions and Conflict Training. This NIH-funded study aims to design and test the effectiveness of interventions aimed at improving mentoring relationships between life science graduate students and their research advisors. The position will be supervised by Dr. Dolan and will involve close collaboration with Dr. Emily Rosenzweig (Educational Psychology) and Dr. Justin Lavner (Psychology) at UGA with support from the Owens Institute for Behavioral Research.

This research-focused position will involve working at the intersection of research on mentorship, attributions and mindsets, relationships and communication, and graduate life science education. The postdoctoral associate will gain experience in social science research methods and theories of motivation and interpersonal relationships as applied to life science research training. The postdoctoral associate will join the vibrant Biology Education Research Group at the University of Georgia, as well as a larger community of discipline-based education researchers across STEM. There are many opportunities for professional development as well as opportunities for the postdoctoral associate to develop their own interests and projects and to gain college-level teaching experience, if desired.

Candidates must have: (a) a Ph.D. in a life science (e.g., genetics, neuroscience, ecology) or social science (e.g., education, psychology, communications) discipline, or closely related field; (b) a record of peer-reviewed publication; (c) demonstrated interest in discipline-based education research and/or intervention studies; and (d) demonstrated capacity to manage research projects, including collecting and analyzing data and disseminating results. Preferred qualifications include familiarity with mentoring research and practice, expertise in statistical modeling (structural equation modeling, multi-level modeling), experience designing and/or facilitating teaching or mentoring-related professional development, and/or experience with intervention research.

This position is full-time with a flexible start date as early as January 2023 with the possibility of renewal for up to five years. Candidates should electronically submit a 1-page cover letter indicating their interest in and qualifications for the position, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references. The salary is $60,000 with associated benefits. Review of applications will begin December 1 and will continue until the position is filled. The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

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