Education Director – BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action


REPOST: note new deadline (October 1, 2010). The BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action is a newly established NSF Science and Technology Center (STC), funded at $5 million/year for five years, renewable to ten years.  We are recruiting a full-time Education Director who is an accomplished scholar, with a deep understanding of evolution, some knowledge of computation, and a commitment to innovative science education at all levels.  Desirable qualifications include a record of  administrative leadership and exceptional interpersonal, communication and multi-tasking skills. This is a fixed term position at Michigan State University.  The initial appointment is for 12 months, with annual reappointment possible for the duration of the project.  Salary and benefits will be competitive, commensurate with experience.BEACON will advance research and education on the evolutionary dynamics of natural and digital systems and apply new evolutionary principles to engineering and biological problems.  BEACON includes over 60 faculty members in biology, engineering and computer science, half at Michigan State University (BEACON headquarters), with others distributed among North Carolina A&T State University, University of Idaho, University of Texas at Austin, and University of Washington.  Additional information is available at the BEACON website: .
The Education Director is a member of the BEACON management team, reporting to the BEACON Director.  She or he is a member of the Education and Human Resource Development (EHRD) Steering Committee and works with that committee to initiate and facilitate projects within the educational mission of BEACON, including mentoring postdocs,
multidisciplinary graduate training, undergraduate research and education, K-12 and public outreach.  The Education Director coordinates educational initiatives among the five BEACON universities as appropriate and works with the leadership and evaluation teams to prepare materials related to EHRD activities to be submitted in BEACON reports.  She or he works with BEACON faculty in the preparation of proposals for external support of BEACON EHRD activities and on scholarly publications that follow from these activities.  The Education Director will have the opportunity to devote up to 25% of her or his effort to collaborative studies that advance the BEACON research and/or education missions.

Questions and applications should be emailed to Tom Getty, Chair of the BEACON Education Director Search  Committee, at with “BEACON Education Director” in the subject line.  Applications should include a cover letter, a full resume/vita, a two-page statement of purpose emphasizing the applicant’s suitability for the job, and contact information for three references.  Application materials should be emailed as a single pdf-file, if possible.  We will begin reviewing applications on October 1, 2010 and continue the search until the position is filled.

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The  university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

Danielle J. Whittaker, Ph.D.
Managing Director
BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action
1441 Biomedical and Physical Sciences Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 884-2561

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