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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Shima Salehi

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Salehi, Shima
Stanford Departments and Centers: 
Graduate School of Education
Postdoc Appointment Term: 
full time for one year beginning in summer or fall 2024
Appointment Start Date: 
summer 2024
Does this position pay above the required minimum?: 
No. The expected base pay for this position is the Stanford University required minimum for all postdoctoral scholars appointed through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. The FY25 minimum is $73,800.

The Graduate School of Education at Stanford University seeks a Post-Doctoral Scholar to perform independent research in Chemistry Education. The successful candidate will work under the direction of and be mentored by Dr. Shima Salehi. Dr. Salehi is looking to mentor a post-doctoral scholar who has experience in conducting research to reform undergraduate general chemistry I and II courses into equitable active learning environments. The position entails both facilitating the courses as well as collecting and analyzing data from the courses. Funding for the project is set for up to 3 years but will be renewed yearly based on performance.
The post-doctoral scholar is expected to spend:

  • 40% conducting research (qualitative and mixed-methods approaches) including: co-directing research, collecting data, co-analyzing data, co-evaluating data and co-planning meetings.
  • 40% preparing writings (peer-reviewed journals, science communications, conference materials) including: co-writing abstracts, co-writing manuscripts, co-writing grants, co-preparing workshops and preparing presentations/posters.
  • 20% mentoring students (group meeting, department meetings, and feedback) both collaboratively (co) and independently. Including: co-facilitating group meeting, giving feedback, providing advice, sharing literature and co-teaching research skills.
Required Qualifications: 
  • Doctoral degree in chemistry education, higher education, learning sciences, STEM education, or related field with a focus in chemistry.


  • Preferably has demonstrated experience with doing research with historically marginalized students, using Critical frameworks, facilitating inclusive active learning environments, and building relationships with campus programs like teaching & learning centers.
  • Curriculum development, survey/instrument development, ethnography, video analysis, focus/individual interviews. Strong software skills in Microsoft suite, Google suite, NVivo, and/or R.
Required Application Materials: 

Please submit these documents with the application:

  1. Cover Letter describing your interest in the position
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Writing sample of published or unpublished work. Examples of writing samples include:
    • conference paper
    • manuscript summary
    • science communication
    • literature review
  4. Three reference contacts (name and email. No letters are required.


Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.