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PhD Position in Chemistry Education at Monash University

Monash University, Australia is inviting excellent candidates to apply for a PhD position. Applicants should apply before February 15, 2020.

Remuneration: Successful applicants will receive $27,353 p.a. as a full-time stipend (pro-rata). Applications from exceptional candidates may be granted additional support for international tuition fees (tuition fees are not applicable to the following: Australian and New Zealand citizens and Permanent Residents)

A unique, exciting opportunity exists for an enthusiastic and talented candidate(s) interested in undertaking a PhD in the field of chemistry education at Monash University. Please see the website for more details:https://www.monash.edu/

We are interested in using Learning Analytics to optimise student learning. Learning Analytics measure and process student data collected from Moodle (the University Learning Management System). This PhD project will investigate how these data allow us to personalise feedback to chemistry students, which is particularly difficult in large student cohorts. The project will evaluate how students respond to personalised feedback and develop methods to better support students throughout their degree programme.

We aim to prepare undergraduate students to tackle global challenges confronting modern society. This PhD project will design and implement context-based learning activities at the university level to encourage students to make links between chemistry, the environment, and society. The project will use systems thinking to develop novel methods to help students to learn about fundamental chemistry concepts and relate the concepts to their everyday life, in particular changing their behaviour and actions that impact the environment.

Applicants must have completed, or be soon to complete, a relevant chemistry degree (Honours/Master degree) at a high level (HD1 or 2.1 minimum or equivalent).

Excellent written and verbal communication skills, a strong interest in chemistry education (higher education level), as well as the ability to work independently and in a team environment are essential. Evidence of data analysis and interpretation skills and experience with statistical analysis is desirable.

Applicants will be considered if they fulfil the criteria for PhD admission at Monash University and demonstrate excellent research capability. Details of the relevant requirements are available athttp://www.monash.edu/graduate-research/future-students/eligibility2/eligibility/

- Cover letter that includes a brief statement of the applicant’s suitability (1 page maximum)

- Statement of University level academic record, supported by scanned copies of relevant certified documentation (including transcripts)

- Evidence of English-language proficiency (international applicants only) such as TOEFL or IETLS Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed, over Skype if necessary. The interviews will be conducted in English.

Please forward your expression of interest with the above requirements to sara.kyne@monash.edu

Applications will be accepted until the project has been filled by a suitable candidate


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