The Freshman Research Immersion (FRI) program at Binghamton University will hire a Research Assistant Professor, to begin August 1, 2017. This full-time position is for a three-year duration and candidates must have graduate degree before starting. This position is for Neuroscience (open to Ph.D.'s with a neuroscience background).
FRI Neuroscience is a highly successful program in which a Research Assistant Professor guides freshmen and sophomores in innovative research that advances the field of neuroscience. The Research Assistant Professor shapes the research theme. For example, past FRI cohorts have employed rodent models to interrogate neurobiological mechanisms of disease under the guidance of the Research Assistant Professor conducting research in that area. Essentially, this position will entail teaching large numbers of college students (~30 per cohort) how to conduct authentic research and, in doing so, will help students develop the professional skills desired by graduate schools and employers. Within that process and working with a faculty advisory team, the Research Assistant Professor maintains and/or expands his/her research program. The Research Assistant Professor reports to the FRI Director, but also works closely with the faculty team of the Neuroscience research stream. In sum, FRI provides an excellent training program for new PhDs and, thus, is an exceptional postdoctoral transition that positions the Research Assistant Professors for a wider array of future STEM positions (from full range of higher education institutions to STEM education research).
Oversee the daily research activities of the research stream
Work with a faculty team to design and implement course materials for the research stream (e.g., lab manual, lab protocols, YouTube for procedures, and so forth)
Coordinate with the faculty team to plan and deliver mini-lectures for the research stream courses
Oversee the operation of the research stream laboratory (e.g., with undergraduate peer mentors)
Help FRI students with their projects
Serve as a mentor to the FRI students
Facilitate the formative and summative assessments of the research stream and FRI students
Participate in a weekly FRI training and preparatory session with the other Research Assistant Professors
Design and implement a summer version of the academic year FRI
Assist with administrative work of the FRI program (e.g., tracking student progress and completion in the FRI)
Co-teach the FRI Research Methods Seminar (course delivered in flipped mode) with other FRI staff
Strong candidates must have:
Graduate degree in a discipline that matches the research stream goals
Minimum of two years of experience as a teaching assistant in higher education
Ability to train undergraduate researchers and evaluate their work
Ability to train, evaluate and supervise graduate teaching assistants and undergraduate peer mentor assistants
Ability to manage a research laboratory
Effective communication skills
Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite and web access software
Ability to manage multiple projects and timelines simultaneously with a high degree of accuracy and efficiency
Ability to work both autonomously and collaboratively
Strong professional, organizational and interpersonal skills
Ability to speak, write and communicate in an articulate and successful manner
Ability to problem solve, prioritize, and manage multiple tasks
Ability to analyze and organize information and materials for a variety of research projects
Additional Information: The State University of New York and Binghamton University are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers.
Application materials required:
Cover letter (1 page maximum) telling us why you are interested in the position, why you feel you are qualified, and your contact information
Contact information for three references, letters of recommendation will be requested upon application submission via http://binghamton.interviewexchange.com
Your philosophy of teaching science research (250-500 words)
Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled. Electronic applications are required; please submit your application materials to: Interview Exchange via Binghamton University.
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