Physics/STEM Education Postdocs at University of Colorado, Boulder, CO and RIT, Rochester, NY

Two Postdoc positions in Physics/STEM Education Research, one at University of Colorado-Boulder in the group of Heather Lewandowski and one at Rochester Institute of Technology in the group of Ben Zwickl.


Applications are being accepted for post-doctoral positions to work on a new project titled: Education landscape for quantum information science & engineering: Guiding educational innovation to support quantum career paths,” which seeks to acquire large-scale data about quantum information science and engineering (QISE) education. The project will use qualitative (individual and focus group interviews) and quantitative methods (surveys, web scraping) to meet three goals: (1) better characterize the knowledge skills and abilities needed for jobs in QISE, (2) characterize the landscape of courses, degree programs, and other educational programs in higher education, including pedagogical approaches and efforts at broadening participation and (3) seek to inform educators and leaders about these trends to guide the creation and improvement of such programs.


The successful candidate will have a PhD in physics, chemistry, engineering, physics education, or related field, with at least a basic knowledge of quantum mechanics. Good oral and written communication skills are strongly valued.


Position 1: University of Colorado


To apply for this position, please send a cover letter as described below and CV with references listed to



Position 2: Rochester Institute of Technology

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter as described below and CV with references listed to



1. Cover letter that briefly describes the following components.

Communication skills: Provide examples of experience in effective communication in both written and oral form.  

Interest in educational innovation: Discuss any previous experiences or ideas you may have related to informing educators and leaders about trends in the field.

Collaborative skills: Provide examples of your ability to work effectively in a team environment, especially any experiences in interdisciplinary collaborations or teamwork on research projects.

Career goals: Briefly outline your career goals and explain how this post-doctoral position aligns with these.

Research experience: Details about relevant research experience, particularly in the fields of quantum information science and engineering or related areas. Highlight any specific projects or studies you have conducted that demonstrate your ability to contribute to the goals of the project.

2.  CV with references listed.


Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans.