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Position Description:

The First-Year Innovation & Research Experience (FIRE) is a hybrid research and education initiative at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) that provides first-year students authentic research experience, broad mentorship and institutional connections that impact academic success, personal resilience, and professional development. It was initiated in 2015 and now impacts more than 600 first-year students annually through the operation of 15+ research groups.

The FIRE program is seeking a number of individuals (multiple positions available) to serve as Research Educators (formal title: Assistant Clinical Professor) for new undergraduate research groups to begin in January 2020.

FIRE Research Educators work in collaboration with department-based UMD faculty members to design and implement the research agenda of a new group. Research Educators oversee all research operations including student research progress, infrastructure, equipment, consumables, as well as management of the fiscal budget. They are the primary instructors of record for the courses connected to the FIRE research group and mentor undergraduate students and peer mentors daily in a dedicated research facility. The position empowers the individual to develop a strong and broad portfolio of experience in research leadership, operational planning, curriculum development, academic instruction and mentorship, and research group management.

New Research Educator positions will be supported from January 2020 through December 2022 (3 years) contingent on positive annual reviews and available funding. The position will report directly to the Director of Discovery-Based Learning in the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost.

More information about the FIRE program is available at the FIRE website:

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FIRE seeks Research Educator candidates to lead new FIRE groups focused on their research interests, background, expertise and training. We are especially interested in candidates who may have experience and leadership capacities in:

  • Computer Science (especially applied forms of Computer Science that utilize machine learning, artificial intelligence, augmented and/or virtual reality, etc);
  • Biology (any form including but not limited to molecular, micro, computational, genetics, ecological, neuroscience, bioinformatics, etc);
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS);
  • Journalism;
  • Digital Humanities;
  • Applied Economics;
  • Psychology;
  • Social Justice;
  • Information Science;
  • Business Analytics;

Our search is not limited to these research areas. We welcome applications from individuals from a broad range of diverse research disciplines.

To Apply:

Please visit and submit the following documents: a cover letter; a curriculum vitae; a list of three professional references including names, addresses and telephone numbers.

from Jobs – Office of Intramural Training & Education at the National Institutes of Health

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The National Institutes of Health is made up of 27 different components called Institutes and Centers. Each has its own specific research agenda, often focusing on particular diseases or body systems. All but three of these components receive their funding directly from Congress, and administrate their own budgets. NIH leadership plays an active role in shaping the agency’s research planning, activities, and outlook. The Office of the Director is the central office, responsible for setting policy for NIH and for planning, managing, and coordinating the programs and activities of all the NIH components.

About NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education (OITE)

The NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education (OITE) is a division of the Office of Intramural Research (OIR), Office of the Director (OD). Our mission is to enhance the training experience of students and fellows on all of the NIH campuses. We work closely with the Training Offices in the NIH Institutes and Centers to help trainees in the Intramural Research Program (IRP). The intramural program is the sum of all the research projects carried out by NIH investigators and trainees in NIH facilities) develop scientific and professional skills that will enable them to become leaders in the biomedical research community.