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PhET Facilitator/Coordinator for NSF-funded International Research Networks

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The PhET Interactive Simulations Project at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a Professional Research Assistant position! This position will involve facilitating international connections and career enrichment opportunities across research networks on the topic of inclusive technologies and their use by people with and without disabilities. This position is funded by the NSF grant “AccelNet: Catalyzing International Convergence Research Networks to Transform Human-Computer Relationships” which has the goal of supporting collaboration across international research networks to advance inclusive design of emerging technologies. Inclusively designed technologies are designed from the outset to be capable of supporting a broad span of human diversity, including users with disabilities.

This position would be ideal for someone looking for flexible, remote, part-time work with high impact at the intersection of technology design and accessibility. The candidate will join the PhET Interactive Simulation project's growing team of 20+ full and part-time faculty, researchers, teachers, software developers, and staff. More information on PhET can be found at:

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The PhET Team is a leader in inclusive design for highly interactive technologies used in science and mathematics teaching. PhET’s research and development efforts include numerous collaborations; this position is part of an initiative contributing to the advancement of inclusive design, research, and development practices across research networks.

Founded in 2002 by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman, the PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder is a world leader in the design and use of interactive math and science simulations for advancing STEM education. The PhET team is dedicated to high-quality STEM education for all students, disseminating PhET simulations as open (free) education resources globally and pioneering approaches for making interactive content accessible to all learners. PhET simulations are used more than 250 million times per year globally and translated into more than 90 languages.

The PhET team is a passionate, creative, and productive group, including STEM education, simulation, and inclusive design experts, education researchers, software engineers, quality assurance specialists, and more. Our project is a blend of an academic research project, an outreach project, and an innovative education technology company, housed within the Department of Physics and working with diverse partners at CU Boulder and around the world. PhET’s work has received numerous international awards, including being named a 2017 WISE Awards Winner, a 2011 Tech Award Laureate, and winner of the 2014 Reimagine Education Award.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

The successful applicant will facilitate, grow, and manage a network of researchers interested in the advancement of inclusive design, research, and development practices, and as a member of the vibrant and productive PhET team, represent and advance PhET’s work through collaboration across this network. Their responsibilities include:

  • Produce and manage communication across participating research networks (for example, regular sharing of updates and opportunities).
  • Support network connections and network member enrichment activities (in particular, facilitating a virtual mentoring program, and supporting engagement in research exchanges and collaborative conference workshops and convenings).
  • Communicate and coordinate (with support) the project evaluation team.
  • Serve as a PhET project liaison to the multimodal technology, accessibility, accessible technology, education research, and STEM and Special Education communities.
  • Limited opportunities for synergistic research (engaging in original research is not a focus of this position).

What You Should Know

  • This is a part-time (40%) position (16 hours/week), but we will consider candidates interested in the range of part-time from 20-50% (8-24 hours/week).
  • The start date is flexible. We will consider start dates as early as April 1, 2022 and as late as September 1, 2022, with a preference for an early start date.
  • Candidates can work remotely in the United States (US residents only).
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to align with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

  • The annual starting salary range at 40% time for this position is $16,000-$30,000. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. 
  • This part-time position is eligible for paid vacation and sick leave. However, this position is only eligible for benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit, and ECO Pass at 50% time. Positions under 50% time are not eligible for benefits.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • A Bachelor’s degree.
  • Minimum of four years of experience in technology design and/or development (either as part of a college or graduate school program, in industry, or a combination of both).

What You Will Need

  • Experience conducting user experience research involving users with physical, sensory, and/or cognitive disabilities.
  • Experience with assistive technologies (e.g., alternative input devices, screen reader software, etc.)
  • Demonstrated interest or involvement in collaborative design or other collaborative work efforts (i.e., involving collaborators outside your home organization).
  • Highly organized with an attention to detail.
  • Proficient with common workplace software (e.g., spreadsheets and word processing) and open to rapidly learning new and evolving applications (e.g., Slack, Github).
  • Excellent technical writing and presentation skills.
  • Excellent professional and workplace communication skills (e.g., email, social media, etc.)
  • Estimate time with reasonable accuracy to complete tasks and complete projects in a timely manner.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • The successful candidate has completed or is nearing completion of :
    • A Ph.D. in Human Computer Interaction, Human-centered Computing, or a closely related field.
  • Master of Design (with a strong science or mathematics background) emphasizing inclusive design, educational design, and/or emerging technologies.
  • Demonstrated interest or experience facilitating collaborative networks.
  • Strong interest in mentoring or professional development (in prior work or volunteering), preferably in academic or workplace contexts.
  • Experience conducting research involving people with disabilities, and/or their families, teachers, or caregivers.
  • An undergraduate degree in a STEM field (e.g., physics, mathematics, computer science, etc.)
  • Familiarity with PhET simulations and their use in learning environments.
  • Demonstrated interest in inclusive technologies, and/or experience in a related field, such as language (e.g., multilingual, linguistics, natural language processing, etc.), sound (e.g., sonification, etc.), haptics (force-applying devices), or multimodal tangible devices.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Optional: Transcripts/Proof of Degree
If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources Department using an approved online vendor.  However, if your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version (if applicable) as an optional attachment.

During the application process you will need to enter contact information for three references.  We will request the letters of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses.

Review of applications will begin March 21, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email.  For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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