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Research Project Description

Postdoctoral Evaluation Fellow

Oak Ridge Associated Universities

Science Education Programs


Position Announcement


Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) in Oak Ridge, TN seeks a Postdoctoral Evaluation Fellow to join a multi-disciplinary team to provide evaluation services for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education programs. A Ph.D. is required. The Fellow will participate under the guidance of a mentor and in collaboration with team members to develop and implement program evaluations, including project design, work plans, instrument development, data management and analyses, reports and presentations. Some overnight travel, and night and weekend hours may be required.

The Science Education Programs (SEP) Office within ORAU manages student, faculty, and postgraduate research participation and internship programs as well as national scholarship and fellowship programs for 22 federal departments and agencies.  SEP also manages short-term educational activities such as science academies and workshops for precollege students and teachers.  Annually, SEP places over 6,500 individuals in various educational programs, including more than 5,100 in research participation, internship, scholarship, and fellowship programs.  Appointments are located at more than 250 laboratories, centers, offices, and universities across the nation.  Last fiscal year, program participants represented about 710 colleges and universities in the United States as well as numerous foreign institutions.  

This postdoctoral evaluation fellowship is located within the Analysis and Evaluation Program, a component of the Science Education Program Office that focuses on identifying critical national needs in science education by analyzing labor trends and evaluating program outcomes.  Realizing that it can take years to cultivate highly qualified scientific and technical talent, ORAU designs, implements, operates, and evaluates science education and workforce development programs for all levels in the academic continuum.

The ideal candidate will have expertise in the design of program evaluations for STEM education programs. Anticipated start date for this position is August 1, 2014. The position is open to all qualified individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, or status as a Vietnam era or disabled veteran.



Required Qualifications


  • Doctoral degree from an accredited college or university in evaluation, education, social science, or related field, received within five years of the fellowship starting date.
  • Ability to design and implement program evaluations.
  • Ability to prioritize and complete multiple complex projects and deadlines with attention to detail and organization.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the proven ability to produce well-crafted evaluation reports and clearly present complex information to various audiences.
  • Develop data analysis plans and analyze data using appropriate methods.
  • Prepare technical evaluation reports, briefings and presentations.
  • Ability to complete assigned tasks independently.
  • Ability to participate effectively and efficiently within a team.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office, especially Excel.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct descriptive and inferential statistical analysis of data using computer software (i.e., SPSS and/or SAS).
  • Ability to participate in diverse and changing environments.


 Preferred Qualifications


  • Extensive experience writing evaluation reports (formative and summative) and manuscripts for scholarly publications.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification
  • Extensive experience conducting various research methods to gather data, including document reviews, case studies, surveys, focus groups, observations, and interviews either face-to-face or by phone or video.
  • Broad knowledge of the current research-based principles, theories, and practices of evaluation.
  • Experience evaluating projects related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational programs.



  • Competitive stipends
  • Medical/health insurance allowance and plan availability




  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application.
  • Typically appointments are for 12 months. Appointments may be renewed for an additional year contingent upon satisfactory performance and availability of funds.
  • Appointments require a full-time commitment.  Fellows must avoid obligations that will interrupt their appointment during their tenure.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow must maintain health insurance, and provide proof of coverage for the duration of the ORAU appointment.
  • Postdoctoral Fellows are expected to conform to all ORAU relevant policies.
  • All published reports, journal articles, or professional presentations that rely on the research conducted during the appointment must be approved by ORAU and acknowledge this support provided by ORAU. Specific language will be provided at the start of the appointment.
  • This fellowship appointment is an educational experience, and the Fellow is not considered an ORAU employee.


To Apply

Complete an Application Form and follow additional instructions for application included on the Application Form.  The Application Form can be downloaded at: