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Postdoctoral Scholar FILLED

Gender and Queerness in STEM

University of Utah

Department of Physics & Astronomy

School for Cultural and Social Transformation

Post-doctoral Scholar Investigating Gender & Queerness in STEM


The Physics Education Research Group at the University of Utah (PERU) and the School of Cultural and Social Transformation seek to hire a post-doctoral scholar to study gender and queerness in STEM and physics. This work will be split evenly between (1) analyzing longitudinal qualitative data on graduate women in physics and astronomy and data on LGBT physicist’s social networks and (2) supporting the writing and submission of an ADVANCE grant to support people from marginalized gender identities in STEM at the University of Utah. An intersectional focus on race within these areas will also be important. This position is a one-year contract with an additional one-year renewal depending on performance and funding. If the ADVANCE grant is successful, the post-doc may be asked to stay on to serve on the ADVANCE project. 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.


This a collaborative project: The post doc will report to (1) Dr. Ramón S. Barthelemy (Physics and Astronomy) and (2) Dr. Claudia Geist (Sociology and Gender Studies)


Total Compensation: $57,100 salary, ability to contribute to tax deferred retirement, and healthcare

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 with Black, Hispanic, and LGBT communities

            -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 and arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent to the email address listed here. 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


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