Astronomy Education Research Coordinator of the Office of Astronomy for Education (OAE)

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Other
Institution/Company: 
Max Planck Institute 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 IAU Office of Astronomy for education (OAE) in Heidelberg invites applications for a

Postdoctoral position in Astronomy Education Research (AER)  

at the Haus der Astronomie in Heidelberg, a center for astronomy education and outreach operated by the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy on behalf of the Max Planck Society.

The Haus der Astronomie hosts the Office of Astronomy for Education (OAE) of the International Astronomical Union. The OAE supports and coordinates astronomy education by astronomy researchers and educators, aimed at primary or secondary schools, world-wide. The OAE coordinates an international network of astronomy education stakeholders, organizes groups of scientists to collaborate on creating certain educational resources, facilitate and undertake systematic evaluation of existing resources, and works towards establishing international standards of quality control and evaluation in astronomy education.
Together with the international communities of astronomy researchers and educators, OAE is tasked with:
• bridging the gap between astronomy education research (AER) and education practice, by making the results of AER accessible to education practitioners
• developing high-quality astronomy education resources
• evaluating both specific resources and methods of teaching astronomy, encouraging and qualifying the wider astronomical community in evaluation techniques
• creating and supporting the creation of concept inventories that allow the evaluation of students learning about astronomy
• identifying best-practice resources and methods for teaching astronomy in general, and for specific aspects of teaching astronomy (e.g. observing with remote telescopes, working with authentic astronomical data, teaching specific sub-topics of astronomy, issues of accessibility and inclusion as well as of diversity).


The holder of this position will serve as the Astronomy Education Research Coordinator of the OAE, and in this position will contribute to those activities, in particular those that directly involve astronomy education or physics education research, and take responsibility for suitable projects and sub-projects. Please be aware that this position is not in astronomy research but in astronomy education research, and that a background in education research is required.

Applicants therefore should:
• have a PhD in astronomy education research (AER), physics education research (PER), or a PhD in a related subject area plus 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 teaching methods
• have experience in collaborating in an international academic environment; experiences with editing and publishing collaborative works are considered a plus

The position has a preferred starting date of no later than December, 1, 2020. The remuneration is based on the German collective wage agreement for the public sector (TVöD) depending on qualification and experience in level E13. Social benefits are granted according to the regulations for public service. Interested candidates should send a curriculum vitae, publication list, and a brief statement of research interests by August 26, 2020.
All applications need to be submitted using our online application system at:
 

Online Application

Subject to compatibility with the activities of the OAE, applicants are encouraged to conduct their own research projects. All in all, this five-year postdoc should qualify applicants for a faculty position in astronomy education or astronomy education research.

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women, disabled people and minority groups are particularly welcome. The MPIA supports its employees in their search for suitable child care institutions.

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: 
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Selection Deadline: 
Sunday, September 20, 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: 
Office of Astronomy for Education (OAE)
Street Line 1: 
MPIA Campus
Street Line 2: 
Königstuhl 17
City: 
Heidelberg
State/Province: 
Baden-Württemberg
Zip/Postal Code: 
69117
Country: 
Germany
Email: 
oae@astro4edu.org
Institution/Company Job ID or Reference Code: 
305
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Gwen Sanderson
Subject: 
Office of Astronomy for Education - Five-year postdoctoral position
Email: 
oae@astro4edu.org