SimBio’s motto is “Simulated Biology. Real Learning”. For the past two decades we have been developing innovative teaching and learning tools that engage college biology students world-wide in inquiry-driven learning. Founded and run by academically oriented biologists, we are motivated to grow our business by making a positive impact in STEM education. We’re particularly interested in understanding how students struggle with and ultimately grasp difficult biological concepts, and how interactive digital tools can help students learn. Our research results are published in peer-reviewed journals, but more importantly, we use what we learn to improve our teaching tools.
SimBio recently won a collaborative 4-year NSF grant with researchers at Purdue University, California State University, and University of Pennsylvania to develop tools that help biology students understand how to create meaningful graphs. We are seeking a post-doc to help lead our part of the project as well as participate on other research and content development projects at SimBio. This person would work directly with Eli Meir (SimBio’s Founder and Director of Research) and Susan Maruca (SimBio’s Vice President and Director of Content Development), as well as research teams at partner institutions. The position will involve building assessments of graphing competence, deploying these assessments in a wide array of institutions, analyzing data, and using results to develop graph construction teaching materials. The post-doc will collaborate on research publications and will present results at conferences. Depending on the skills and interests of the post-doc, the position could also involve spearheading the development of other content and/or new product lines.
While this position will start as a post-doc, ideally this position will become a permanent one, based at SimBio’s headquarters in Missoula, MT. Missoula is a beautiful mountain town with many great outdoor activities and a vibrant arts and cultural scene. SimBio is an intellectually stimulating, highly collaborative, family- and life-friendly place to work with great people who tend to stick around for a long time.
- PhD in biology education, biology, or a closely related field
- Experience teaching biology and demonstrated interest in science education
- A record of scientific publication in peer-reviewed journals
- Ability to self-start, initiate projects, and work without frequent direction
- Great communication skills and ability to collaborate effectively
- Willingness to relocate to Missoula MT
- Experience with discipline-based education research
- Experience as primary faculty for college-level biology class(es)
- Demonstrated leadership on projects or in organizations
- Skill in science writing for non-scientists
- Skill in quantitative data analysis, particularly for large data sets
- Starting salary is competitive commensurate with the position and experience.
- Health and retirement benefits, generous vacation time
- Potential for a permanent full-time position at conclusion of post-doc.
- Being part of a great company making a positive impact in STEM education. Your work will make a difference!
Position Starts: January – June, 2022. Post-doc is renewable yearly for up to 3 years.
SimBio encourages applications from all qualified applicants especially including those belonging to groups who have been underrepresented in STEM fields. SimBio does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, age, disability, or veteran’s status.