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Henk Steven van den Bogaard

B. S. in Chemistry, The University of Texas at El Paso, May 2020
Ph.D. Student in Chemistry, expected graduation December 2026
Joined Day Research Lab: April 2021


Accepting students for Spring 2022. Please contact me for details!



Postdoc for NSF funded project in green and sustainable organic chemistry – details

postdoc position in my chemistry education research lab at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). This position is to support a cross-sectional study on student reasoning development in the four-year chemistry undergraduate curriculum.

The applicant should have completed (or anticipate completion of) a doctoral degree in chemistry education, or chemistry with some demonstrated experience in DBER. Given the collaborative, and sometimes interdisciplinary, nature of science education research, we are also looking for candidates with interest or experience in collaborative projects with other chemistry/science/STEM educators and students.

Knowledge of statistical concepts and methods and their application to research analysis; of measurement, testing, and evaluation; and of research methods, principles, techniques, and philosophies.  Skilled in conducting qualitative and quantitative research and in using computers, software, and statistical tools and programs.  Ability to plan, organize, and oversee research projects, evaluate research data, ensure the development of measuring instruments with respect to reliability, relevance, and validity, interpret and publish research findings, and communicate effectively. Experience in chemistry education research with a focus on assessment of student learning is desired.

A complete application package will consist of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and names and email addresses of three references. The application package should be submitted to posting #7150 through the UTEP job portal (link). The review of application materials will begin on December 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

In keeping with its Access and Excellence mission, The University of Texas at El Paso is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that honors the talents, respects the differences, and nurtures the growth and development of all. The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity in employment or the provision of services in accordance with state and federal law.


John Melby

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Interested in a PhD in Chemistry,

specializing in Chem Ed?

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