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Monday, January 22, 2018

CPERL is actively recruiting undergraduate, graduate, and postdoc researchers. Please contact Prof. Holmes at ngholmes[at]cornell[dot]edu for more details. 

Here is enough about applying for a postdoc position: 

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral researcher in physics education research (PER) in the Cornell Physics Education Research Lab (CPERL) through the Laboratory for Atomic and Solid State Physics and Physics Department at Cornell University.

Job description:

The CPERL currently has research projects focused on laboratory instruction and assessment development, with additional projects evaluating impacts of active learning, faculty and teaching assistant development, gender and diversity, and the role of hands-on versus simulation and virtual reality in learning. The successful candidate will pursue independent and group research projects in physics education research, preferably within this research portfolio. There is no specific grant or project associated with this position.

CPERL is a growing research group at Cornell. There are a number of new graduate and undergraduate students involved, as well as participating faculty. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to mentor and work with many individuals, including teaching them about the history, methods, and culture of PER.


  • Employer: Cornell University
  • Location: Ithaca, NY
  • Start date: Flexible.
  • Time commitment: Prefer full-time, but will be flexible for the right candidate
  • Length of appointment: Annual contracts renewable up to 3 years

Preferred qualifications include any of the following:

  • Ph.D. in physics (or science) education research, physics or astronomy, or closely related field
  • Experience with relevant literature and education research methods: expertise in qualitative or quantitative research methods would be relevant
  • Ability and desire to work collaboratively, mentor graduate and undergraduate students, and to also work independently and pursue one’s own research questions
  • Enthusiasm to learn new methods, bodies of literature, etc.
  • Strong writing, project leadership, time management, and communication skills

To apply:

Submit a CV, cover letter, and a brief research statement including relevant background, interest or experience in physics education research, and proposed project ideas, as well as the names and email or phone contacts of three professional references to Dr. Natasha Holmes at

Please also contact Dr. Holmes with any questions. You are also encouraged to reach out to current group members for information (see People).

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