Five-year postdoctoral position in astronomy education research at the Office of Astronomy for Education

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Other
Institution/Company: 
Max Planck Institut for Astronomy
Department Name: 
Office of Astronomy for Education (OAE)
Street Line 1: 
MPIA Campus
Street Line 2: 
Königstuhl 17
City: 
Heidelberg
State/Province: 
Baden-Württemberg
Zip/Postal: 
69117
Country: 
Germany
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has recently founded the IAU Office of Astronomy for Education (OAE), which will be hosted at Haus der Astronomie, operated by the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy. The mission of the OAE is to support and coordinate astronomy education by astronomy researchers and educators, aimed at primary or secondary schools, world-wide, with the help of an international network of collaborators.

Specifically, the OAE is meant to help bridge the gap between astronomy education research (AER) and education practice, by making the results of AER accessible to education practitioners, in particular best-practice teaching methods and suitable evaluation techniques. The OAE will also develop high-quality educational resources, evaluate and promote existing such resources, and support the creation of evaluation tools such as concept inventories.

The holder of this five-year position will serve as the Astronomy Education Research Coordinator of the OAE, and in this position will contribute to OAE activities, in particular those that directly involve astronomy education or physics education research, taking responsibility for suitable projects and sub-projects. Subject to synergy with the activities of the OAE, applicants are encouraged to conduct their own research projects.

Applicants should:
• have a PhD in astronomy or physics education research (AER/PER) or PhD in a related area and equivalent qualifications in AER/PER
• have practical and, if possible, research experience in evaluating astronomy education resources, activities, and teaching methods
• be thoroughly familiar with the accepted academic standards for evaluating education resources, activities, and methods
• have experience in collaborating in an international academic environment

We also explicitly encourage early career scientists to apply.

Pay Compensation
Compensation Notes: 
German Public Services TVöD
Included Benefits: 

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women, disabled people, and minority groups are particularly welcome. MPIA supports its employees in their search for suitable child care.
Social benefits are granted according to the regulations for public service.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, February 28, 2020
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, February 28, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Markus Pössel
Title: 
Managing scientist, HdA, and senior MPIA outreach scientist
Institution/Company: 
Max Planck Institute for Astronomy
Department Name: 
Haus der Astronomie
Street Line 1: 
MPIA Campus
Street Line 2: 
Königstuhl 17
City: 
Heidelberg
State/Province: 
Baden-Württemberg
Zip/Postal Code: 
69117
Country: 
Germany
Phone: 
+49 6221 528 261
Email: 
poessel@hda-hd.de
Institution/Company Job ID or Reference Code: 
295
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Sigrid Brümmer
Subject: 
Office of Astronomy for Education - Five-year postdoctoral position
Email: 
info@hda-hd.de