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Postdoctoral Scholar 

Women in Physics and Astronomy

University of Utah

Department of Physics & Astronomy

Post-doctoral Scholar Investigating Women in Physics and Astronomy


The Physics Education Research Group at the University of Utah (PERU) seeks to hire a post-doctoral scholar to study women in physics and astronomy. This work will include analyzing longitudinal qualitative data on graduate women in physics and astronomy and co-writing peer reviewed publications. This position is a one-year contract with an additional one-year renewal depending on funding. The position is open until filled with an immediate start date. The successful candidate will work in person at The University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT. A PhD in a relevant field is required. 



Total Compensation: $56,000 salary, ability to contribute to tax deferred retirement, healthcare, and one day a week to work on national committees and your research

Conference: Paid expenses to a conference annually


Required Skills:

-Can independently lead research

-Strong interpersonal skills

-Strong writing skills as demonstrated by peer reviewed publications or drafts

-Desire to learn grant writing, presentation design/style

-Strong research ethics and dedication to high quality work and analysis

-Attention to detail

-Autonomous, goal driven, and meets deadlines


Preferred Skills:

(We encourage applicants without these skills but are willing to learn)

            -Qualitative interviewing and coding skills

            -Previous work on gender or women’s issues in STEM

            -Successful grant writing

            -Experience presenting at national conferences and universities

            -Peer-reviewed publications


If you are interested in applying, send your letter of interest specifying your relevant skills, vita, list of publications to the email address listed here. Letters of recommendation will be requested for select candidates. For information about the research group (PERU), please go to or contact Applications and letters of recommendation should be submitted via email to:



The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.


The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

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PhD Graduate


Physics/Astronomy Education Research

Complete a fully funded PhD.

Salary: Stipend, Tuition, and Healthcare


Reach Out for More Information!

PERU is always open to collaborations and fellowship applications from recent PhD graduates.