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Job no: 514127
Employment type: Post Doc (Term)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: Hybrid and/or Remote eligible (must reside in US)
Categories: Education / Instructional, Research / Scientific / Grants
Pay Grade: 001

About This Role:

The College of Education at Kansas State University invites applications for a two (2) year Postdoctoral Research Associate position in quantitative research funded directly by an NSF grant. The Research Associate will work with Professors Tuan D. Nguyen and J. Cameron Anglum on a project examining the STEM teacher workforce using national data as well as state-specific data. This project endeavors to shed light on the evolution of the STEM teacher labor force and the factors that influence STEM teacher turnover, analyses crucial to inform actionable recruitment and retention practices, particularly in high-needs school contexts. Employing quantitative methods, we will explore broader patterns within labor markets for STEM teachers and some of the mechanisms that may explain these patterns.

Project responsibilities may include preparation of administrative datasets, analysis of administrative data using quantitative methods, coordination of project-related activities, writing of project findings for scholarly publications and policy briefs, and assistance with research grant development. The scope of the responsibilities may depend on the research associate’s qualifications.

Depending on applicant qualifications, additional research and publication opportunities may also be provided. Teaching opportunities may also be possible if the candidate is interested. Time reserved for the Research Associate to advance their own scholarship will also be provided. Drs. Nguyen and Anglum will also provide additional training and opportunities as necessary. Under the supervision and mentorship of Drs. Nguyen and Anglum, the postdoctoral researcher will advance their training in STEM teacher education, teacher labor markets, and quantitative methods. The approximate breakdown of the research associate’s time allocation will be 50% on data preparation, analysis, and writing, 25% on new project development/teaching, and 25% on self-directed scholarship.

The position is a full-time, two-year contract position. The ideal start date is June 1, 2023, but is somewhat flexible.

Why Join Us:

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit:

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion. The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.



Worksite Options:


This position is eligible for hybrid and/or remote worksite. Work may be performed on employer premises, designated assignment location and/or performed fully in a remote capacity.  An employee who is working remotely must reside within the United States in order to comply with all federal and state laws, filings, or tax requirements.

Visit this link for K-State’s guidance and policies on remote work and flexible work arrangements.  Remote work agreements are required for all flexible work arrangements and are subject to review.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in education policy, public policy, economics, sociology, or related fields

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous exposure with state/district administrative data, quantitative research studies, research grants, and publication preparation.
  • Content expertise in education workforce development, effectiveness, and/or labor markets is also ideal.

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Work sample (e.g., scholarly publication or working paper)
  4. List of three References


To inquire about this posting, email: or

Screening of Applications Begins:

Screening begins on January 1, 2023.

Anticipated Hiring Pay Range:


Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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