Postdoctoral Fellow

Job description

Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 226333

Atlanta, GA USA

Job Summary Multiple postdoctoral positions related to engineering education in the areas of learning sciences, undergraduate curricular development, instructional design and/or curricular & cultural change.

The Georgia Tech Biomedical Engineering Department is hiring for multiple full-time, multi-year, Postdoctoral Fellowship positions starting in the area of engineering education starting by the Fall of 2021 with opportunities to start earlier. The positions will support a grant funded multi-department curricula innovation effort to integrate a reflective, story-centric, approach to developing undergraduate engineers’ entrepreneurial mindset.

The grant is funded by the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN). KEEN’s mission is to graduate engineers with an entrepreneurial mindset (EM) so they can create personal, economic, and societal value through a lifetime of meaningful work. EM includes not just the formation of a new business, but any activity that directs engineers towards responsible innovation and using entrepreneurial thinking as a path to greater diversity and inclusion. The Biomedical Engineering (BME) department serves a coordinating and leadership role within the grant, which includes multiple engineering departments at Georgia Tech

The positions described here focus on research, design, and implementation projects associated with scaling the prior work in the BME department to multiple engineering departments at Georgia Tech. Work during a prior grant developed a reflective, story-centric, EM curriculum framework that the other departments will adapt and scale. A description of the framework can be found here. The postdoctoral fellows will assist the departments in their implementation and improve our understanding of how students develop an entrepreneurial mindset and a self-concept as an entrepreneurially minded engineer. Work in each role will range from program development and curricular implementation to foundational research in engineering education. Fellows will work as part of a large team involving many faculty in multiple departments.

Under this grant, we have potential roles with several different areas of focus. The roles are described below. Candidates should apply to this pool advertisement. Please indicate a preferred role as well as whether you wish to be considered for other roles besides your preferred one.

Role 2: This role will focus on learning sciences analysis of novel pedagogies. The key responsibility will be documenting and disseminating key research work on the theoretical foundations of story-driven learning and its contribution to engineering students’ entrepreneurial mindset and entrepreneurial self-concept. That includes the development of a learning sciences model of Story-Driven Learning. It will primarily focus on developing and executing a research agenda to study the impact that curricular change efforts have on students. The role will require expertise in both qualitative and quantitative educational research methods. It will include the development and utilization of measurement appropriate instruments as well as interviewing and observation. A background in either learning sciences or identity theory will likely be appropriate here. Prior experience with formal literature reviews and associated publication techniques would also be beneficial.

Required Qualifications

PhD in educational psychology; learning sciences; cognitive psychology; organizational psychology; business psychology; higher education, engineering education, research, measurement, and evaluation; or a related field.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate should have demonstrated the ability to perform work with faculty as well as the ability to take research from ideation to publication. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrable prior experience in designing, implementing, and researching curricular innovation in higher education.

In addition to specific disciplinary knowledge and skill competencies, successful applicants will have demonstrated experience in one or more of the following areas: curricula change, faculty development, student development, engineering education research, and/or educational research methods. A track record of academic publications, excellent oral and written communications skills, experience working on large scale grants, and implementation-based research projects will also be beneficial. The ability to independently develop and drive a research agenda without disciplinary support will also be critical.

Contact Information

For additional information about this job opening, please contact Dr. Joe Le Doux at [email protected]

Conditions of Employment Start Date Negotiable (Target April 2021 – August 2021), with initial terms of 1 year extensible to up to 3 years. Note, we expect it to be possible for positions to start remotely before shifting to in person in Atlanta GA as appropriate given for safe operation during COVID-19

Equal Employment Opportunity Georgia Tech provides equal opportunity to all faculty, staff, students, and all other members of the Georgia Tech community, including applicants for admission and/or employment, contractors, volunteers, and participants in institutional programs, activities, or services. Georgia Tech complies with all applicable laws and regulations governing equal opportunity in the workplace and in educational activities. Georgia Tech prohibits discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, on the basis of race, ethnicity, ancestry, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetics, or veteran status in its programs, activities, employment, and admissions. This prohibition applies to faculty, staff, students, and all other members of the Georgia Tech community, including affiliates, invitees, and guests.

Special Applicant Instructions

This ad is part of a pool hiring effort for multiple postdoctoral positions across several departments. Because this ad is part of a pool hire, applicants must follow special application procedures.

To apply and be considered, please submit a single portfolio including the following materials:

  • A completed one-page cover letter containing:
    • Full name
    • Physical mailing address and phone numbers
    • Email address
    • Brief introduction to your background in related research
    • The name of the role (or roles) described above that you wish to be considered for
  • A statement of interest of no more than two double-spaced pages describing in further detail your interest and background as it relates to this position overall and at least one of the specific roles described above
  • A writing sample from a peer reviewed publication that is pertinent to the position
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • A list of three references; no reference letters are needed at this time, but please inform your references that they will be contacted if you are a finalist.*

A sealed graduate transcript must be submitted at time of hire.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.




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Job No:
Posted: 4/24/2021
Application Due: 7/23/2021
Work Type: Full Time