Science Research Initiative Postdoctoral Fellow

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, January 14, 2022
Archive Date: 
Friday, February 25, 2022
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Utah
Department Name: 
College of Science
Street Line 1: 
1390 Presidents' Cir Crocker Science Center
Street Line 3: 
Salt Lake City
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Job Summary:

The College of Science at the University of Utah invites applications for a scientist or mathematician with a Ph.D. in astronomy, biology, chemistry, environmental science, mathematics, physics, or related fields to help support teaching and research in the Science Research Initiative ( SRI ). The SRI is a unique program that focuses on providing undergraduate students with authentic research experiences during their first and second year of college. For more information on the SRI please clickhere ( .

The SRI Fellow position will provide three (3) years of funded training in mentorship and teaching, as well as the opportunity to develop high-impact undergraduate research experiences at an institution with a world-class research infrastructure and community.


Unlike traditional postdocs, SRI Fellows will be responsible for developing an independent research program that will be implemented into research streams (seehere ( for details on current research streams) that are designed exclusively for first year undergraduate students. Fellows will also be responsible for teaching and supporting undergraduate courses associated with the SRI . SRI fellows will be provided with: research space; access to shared equipment; research funds; and discipline- and pedagogy-specific mentorship. In addition, fellows will liaise with faculty PIs to manage and oversee other research streams related to their area of interest, train teaching assistants, help manage student placement into streams, and help evaluate overall program outcomes.

Minimum Qualifications


An ideal candidate will have undergraduate teaching/mentoring experience; a demonstrated commitment to undergraduate mentorship; a demonstrated ability to collaborate constructively with faculty, students, and staff with diverse scientific interests; and experience conceiving and executing complex projects. Researchers interested in pursuing academic positions at primarily undergraduate institutions may be especially drawn to this position, as SRI fellows will have the opportunity to develop a robust plan for undergraduate teaching and research. The position is for three years, subject to review after one year, and can begin as early as July 1, 2022. SRI fellows will receive a competitive salary and funding for research.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Interested candidates should submit (1) a cover letter, (2) a CV, (3) a short description of research accomplishments/experience (1 page), (4) a short description of 2-3 proposed research streams including any specialized equipment needed to complete the research (2-3 pages), (5) a teaching/mentorship statement (1-2 pages), (6) a brief statement identifying 2-3 potential mentors (2-3 sentences for each) who you believe would be appropriate to advise on the proposed research streams and/or support your development, and (7) contact information for three references who will be contacted following initial review of applications.

All documents should be submitted in PDF format here

For full consideration, applications must be received by February 20, 2022. E-mail questions to [email protected] .


Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$40000.00 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$60000.00 (USD)
Application Deadline: 
Sunday, February 20, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Sunday, May 1, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Dr. Heather Briggs
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Dr. Heather Briggs
SRI postdoc fellow