Postdoctoral Research Associate

San Diego
May 01, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate
University of San Diego
Department: School of Engineering
Staff Part-Time
Job IRC#23599

Job Description:
This is a full-time, temporary position with an assignment end date of December 30, 2018.
The Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering is seeking applicants for a one or more years as a postdoctoral research associate position to work on a recently funded National Science Foundation grant: IUSE/PFE RED: Developing Changemaking Engineers #1519453. This position will collaborate with faculty, students, and industry partners to assist in producing and disseminate a model for collaborative change and in redefining the "engineering canon" with the goal of developing "Changemaking Engineers". The RED abstract can be found at: The RED abstract can be found here:

Our School of Engineering is revolutionizing" engineering education, with the aim of preparing students to innovate engineering solutions developed within a contextual framework that embeds humanitarian, sustainable and social justice approaches with technical engineering skills. It also seeks to infuse professional skills into the curriculum and align these with our institutional context. This requires an enhanced curriculum with a focus on student teamwork, a greater consideration of social and economic factors, improved communication with diverse constituents, and reflection on an ethical understanding of their decisions and solutions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
∙ Develop and assist in administering survey instruments
∙ Analyze and interpret collected data
∙ Develop case studies and formalizing curriculum consistent with the grant
∙ Preparing project reports related to the RED initiatives
∙ Partnering with stakeholder's forums (industry, community, and students)
∙ Co-constructing Assisting in an industry developed Scholars Program
∙ Preparing workshops related to RED initiatives
∙ Assisting in instruction if appropriate
∙ Collaborate with other RED teams at other universities to develop synergistic opportunities
∙ Anticipated starting date: 7/2017

USD provides a high quality undergraduate education by emphasizing small classes and a high level of faculty-student interaction. The Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering has recently ranked among the top 15 programs at non-Ph.D. granting institutions by U.S. News and World Report. The school currently houses undergraduate degrees in engineering (general with developing focus areas in software engineering, sustainability, and bioengineering), electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and industrial & systems engineering. We also anticipate launching an MS degree in cyber security this year.

A PhD in any engineering or closely related discipline (e.g. Science and Technology Studies) with demonstrated experience in engineering education

Experience developing surveys and instruments, and analyzing and interpreting data
Experience with curriculum development
Experience developing case studies

Background check: Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. Serious candidates are encouraged to request official transcripts to help expedite the hiring process.

Salary: Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits. This is an 11-month position paid over 12 months.

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, a 12% retirement contribution given to you by the University (with three year vesting period), and access to on-campus Fitness Centers. Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer. USD: Human Resources: Benefits

Hours: 40 hours per week

Closing date: June 15, 2017

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information,

To apply, go to and search for IRC23599. Please submit by June 15th.

∙ Your curriculum vitae.
∙ Your research statement/plans.
∙ Statement of how you fit with the goals of the USD NSF RED grant to develop changemaking engineers.
For additional information please contact Chell Roberts at


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