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Physics Education Research Postdoc

  1. Dec 16, 2014 #1
    Hello all!

    I'm getting my PhD in theoretical cosmology in August and I'm trying to figure out the intersection between what I WANT to do and what I CAN do.

    Does anyone know much about Physics Education Research? I find education fascinating and I'm seriously considering applying to some great high school physics teacher positions.

    However, I don't want to jump head first into that realm without first considering other options.

    How marketable would I be in applying for a Physics Education Research postdoc position? I'm not sure if I have a TRUE relevant background for such research but notable things I've done are...

    Founded "Science Club" - An after school program to get middle schoolers to "have fun with science".
    TAed physics Labs
    Tutored physics students
    STEMM instructor at a local private high school
    Actual physics research (to get my PhD)

    Does anyone have a gauge if I'd have a shot at getting a postdoc in a physics education research department?

    Thanks so much for your time!

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  3. Dec 17, 2014 #2


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    Slave labor for public schools? Somebody will snap you up in a NY minute. Are you prepared to do PC physics?
  4. Dec 17, 2014 #3


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    In my (albeit limited) experience with physics education research, it seems that most people involved in it have branched into it from specializing in other areas. A friend of mine, for example, has a teaching-focussed position at a smaller liberal arts college in the US, but has contributed to research on the impact of gender in physics classrooms. I think many others tackle physics education problems that arise as they teach.

    Are there many people with grant money that can fund a post-doctoral position physics education research? I suspect such positions are very limited if they exist at all.
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