University of Nebraska-Lincoln

We are seeking a Ph.D. student in discipline-based education research (DBER) to support an NSF-funded research project. This research aims to characterize teaching practices in undergraduate biology courses and to understand how different teaching strategies relate to student development of quantitative modeling skills. This project will provide opportunities for the graduate student to gain specific experience in theory-driven research, measurement of teaching practices, undergraduate assessment, and multivariate statistics.

Competitive applicants will have a strong background in biology, mathematical biology, and/or biology education. We have flexibility for graduate students to matriculate on a rolling basis, starting as early as Jan 2021. Interested individuals should contact Joe Dauer ( and Brian Couch ( to learn more about this opportunity.

UNL boasts a large and active community of DBER researchers. Our graduate programs provide flexibility for students to take customized coursework in biology and education based on long-term career interests. Additionally, Lincoln is a great place to live, work, and play, with a low cost-of-living and often rated among the happiest and healthiest cities in the U.S.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse populations we serve. The university fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential. As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See:

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