College of Science

Post-Doctoral Research and Teaching Fellow in Physics Education Research


The Department of Physics and Astronomy at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona invites applications for a postdoctoral research fellow to begin August 2017. The successful candidate will work with Associate Prof. Homeyra Sadaghiani on a broad array of topics related to the NSF-funded (#1626482) collaborative research projects titled: Collaborative Research: Research as a base to develop adaptable curricula bridging instructional paradigms in Quantum Mechanics.

The primary responsibilities of the postdoctoral fellow include: contribute to research in understanding student learning of quantum mechanism, develop and analyze assessment data; contribute to the development of curriculum and assessment material; conduct semi-structured interviews; analyze qualitative data and student work; participate in collaborative project meetings of the team members; present research at conferences; and draft manuscripts for peer reviewed publication. This position may include a possible teaching opportunity in Modern Physics and/or undergraduate Quantum Mechanics for one 10-week quarter course per year. The successful candidate will develop their teaching portfolio with the guidance and support of department faculty, who are dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning.

Required: Ph.D. in Physics or Physics Education Research- familiarity with Discipline-based education research methodologies. A demonstrated ability to work/collaborate with others and work independently. 

Desired: Demonstrated experience with one or more of the following: Physics Education research in upper division undergraduate courses, using qualitative and/or quantitative research methods; analyzing qualitative and/or quantitative data; instrument development and assessment; developing interview protocols; strong oral and written communication skills.

Applicants should submit letter of interest, current CV including a list of publications; Statement of Teaching Philosophy; a Statement of Research Interests describing the candidate's relevant background and interest in physics education research; and contact information for three professional references by January 31, 2017 to Dr. Homeyra Sadaghiani at

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and the Foundation are Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employers committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans.