Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Colorado, USA, Denver
May 19, 2017
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The Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Denver is seeking two one-year postdoctoral research fellows beginning September 1, 2017. A second year of funding may be available depending on budget. We are looking for people to assist transforming the culture of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) towards an inclusive environment that integrates with societal issues. Our focus includes broadening participation research, active K12 outreach projects, undergraduate curriculum reform, and support/retention of women and students of color.

Position Summary

We seek candidates capable of bringing together insights from some subset of the Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) disciplines to inform the interdisciplinary study of the relationship between racial, ethnic, and socio-economic inequality and how these factors impact the ECS disciplines. More specifically, we are seeking scholars working on issues of how to increase participation (access) and persistence of underrepresented students in one or more of the ECS areas. Examples areas of interest include:

1) Create and study the efficacy of project-oriented, experiential, and research-based, curriculum, that broadens our ideas of what ECS is and does. Specifically, the postdocs will help create a curriculum that privileges socially meaningful problems and study whether such an approach helps to attract and retain women and students of color.

2) Study the efficacy of various models of sustained mentorship at the K12 and postsecondary level. While many K12 outreach camps have been created nationally, and these camps clearly do provide inspiration, women and students of color still often to not matriculate or persist in STEM areas. How effective is continued mentorship after such experiences?

3) Moving ECS from traditional applications to socially and environmentally responsible focus. Specifically, what aspects of such an approach are responsible for attracting and retaining women and students of color.

These examples are meant only to be illustrative of the types of outreach activities and scholarship questions we hope to address and should not be viewed as limiting the scope of research areas we will consider.

The appointment term is September 1, 2017 - August 31, 2018; however, the initial term may be renewed for an additional year depending on budget.

Essential Functions

  • The fellows will spend the majority of time engaged in independent research, scholarship, or creative work under the guidance of departmental faculty members. Fellows will also be expected to be active in the DU community of scholars engaged in research and teaching relating to the study of inequality locally and nationally. Fellows will teach one course during the year.
  • Teach one undergraduate course.
  • Participate in campus-wide forums exploring questions of compositional diversity and inclusive excellence at DU and the broader academy.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • The ideal candidate would have training or a strong interest broadening participation in ECS as well as disciplinary knowledge in one of the ECS areas.
  • Committed to working with diverse student and community populations.
  • We do not expect the candidate to have experience in all areas of the fellowship, as training will be provided by the mentors. In addition, because of the value of lived experiences in the investigation and understanding of inequality, we especially encourage applications from historically underrepresented groups.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD Engineering, Computer Science, STEM Education, or related fields.
  • Applicants must have completed all requirements for their terminal degree by August 31, 2017.
  • Candidates must also be no more than 3 years from the awarding of their degree (i.e., September 2014).
  • Interest or experience addressing inequality concerns in ECS.
  • Strong methodological training and a record of successful publication in the related field.

Work Schedule

Schedule will be based on teaching load.

Application deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by Friday, June 2, 2017.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply. If you have questions regarding this position, please direct inquiries to Scott Leutenegger at

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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