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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Alliance for Identity-Inclusive Computing Education

Duke University
Durham, North Carolina

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Schedule: Full-time, 12-month

Program Information

The Alliance for Identity-Inclusive Computing Education (AiiCE) ( aims to increase the entry, retention, and course/degree completion rates of high-school and undergraduate students from groups that are historically underrepresented in computing through evidence-based, identity-inclusive interventions. AIICE is founded upon evidence that student-focused (and often deficit-based) strategies do not adequately address institutional cultures, policies, and practices that have marginalized people from non-dominant identities.

Job Description Summary

The Alliance seeks candidates for a postdoctoral position at the intersection of identity and computing/STEM. The position is part of a national effort to broaden participation in computing through identity-inclusive strategies. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to interact with faculty and researchers from Duke University, the University of Oregon, Mount Holyoke College, the Kapor Center, Constellations Center for Equity in Computing at Georgia Tech, ABET/CSAB, Reboot Representation, and the Center for Inclusive Computing.


  1. Design and implement research protocols.
  2. Complete thorough and comprehensive literature reviews, as appropriate.
  3. Write papers for peer review.
  4. Present research findings.
  5. Lead/mentor student researchers.
  6. Ensure data are collected accurately, analyzed rigorously, and adhere to agency and IRB-specific data-use/management protocols.


This position demands a self-motivated, organized, deadline-oriented, and independent researcher who meets the following requirements.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Ph.D. with completion prior to start date.
  2. Demonstrated research experience in one of the following areas:
    • Computing/STEM education research (especially justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion)
    • Identity (race, ethnicity, gender, ability, sexuality, or class)
  3. Demonstrated experience performing quantitative, qualitative, and/or mixed-methods research.
  4. Demonstrated statistical proficiency.
  5. Demonstrated proficiency using data analysis software.
  6. Demonstrated alignment with the goals of AiiCE.
  7. Demonstrated proficiency in oral and written communication.
  8. Evidence of research experience in the aforementioned areas, as demonstrated by publications, works in progress, and/or presentations.
  9. Currently eligible to work in the U.S.

Desired Qualifications

  1. Demonstrated experience in survey design, (semi-)structured interviews, and using coding software (e.g., NVivo, MaxQDA, etc.).
  2. Demonstrated potential to mentor students from diverse backgrounds.

This position is for two (2) years, with the possibility of a third-year renewal based on performance. A background check will be required of the successful candidate.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

In accordance with Duke University policy, all University faculty, and staff members, regardless of work location, must receive and show documentation of full COVID-19 and flu vaccination status. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their last shot in a vaccine series. University faculty and staff may apply for a medical or religious exemption, but anyone approved for an exemption will be subject to daily symptom monitoring, weekly surveillance testing, continued masking, and other protocols applicable to those who have not been vaccinated.

Application Instructions

Applicants must submit the following documents electronically through (

  1. Cover letter
  2. CV
  3. A brief research statement identifying prior research projects and interests.
  4. A brief statement on how your past and/or potential contributions to creating equitable and inclusive environments for diverse identities will advance the Alliance’s commitment to inclusive excellence.
  5. University transcript
  6. Professional writing sample
  7. Current contact information for three (3) references who can address the qualifications noted above.

Review of applications for this position will begin Dec 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled for spring or summer 2022..

Inquiries regarding this position can be made to Dr. Nicki Washington at [email protected].

Note, we will not sponsor applicants for work visas. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

Details on benefits, including health insurance, provided by Duke University for postdoctoral researchers can be found at: Duke University is situated in the vibrant Research Triangle Area of North Carolina, which is frequently ranked among the best places in the country to live and work.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.


Read our Diversity Profile History

Duke University was created in 1924 by James Buchanan Duke as a memorial to his father, Washington Duke. The Dukes, a Durham family that built a worldwide financial empire in the manufacture of tobacco products and developed electricity production in the Carolinas, long had been interested in Trinity College. Trinity traced its roots to 1838 in nearby Randolph County when local Methodist and Quaker communities opened Union Institute. The school, then named Trinity College, moved to Durham in 1892, where Benjamin Newton Duke served as a primary benefactor and link with the Duke family until his death in 1929. In December 1924, the provisions of indenture by Benjamin’s brother, James B. Duke, created the family philanthropic foundation, The Duke Endowment, which provided for the expansion of Trinity College into Duke University.Duke Campus

As a result of the Duke gift, Trinity underwent both physical and academic expansion. The original Durham campus became known as East Campus when it was rebuilt in stately Georgian architecture. West Campus, Gothic in style and dominated by the soaring 210-foot tower of Duke Chapel, opened in 1930. East Campus served as home of the Woman's College of Duke University until 1972, when the men's and women's undergraduate colleges merged. Both men and women undergraduates now enroll in either the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences or the Pratt School of Engineering. In 1995, East Campus became the home for all first-year students.

Duke maintains a historic affiliation with the United Methodist Church.

Home of the Blue Devils, Duke University has about 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students and a world-class faculty helping to expand the frontiers of knowledge. The university has a strong commitment to applying knowledge in service to society, both near its North Carolina campus and around the world.

Mission Statement

Duke Science"James B. Duke's founding Indenture of Duke University directed the members of the University to 'provide real leadership in the educational world' by choosing individuals of 'outstanding character, ability, and vision' to serve as its officers, trustees and faculty; by carefully selecting students of 'character, determination and application;' and by pursuing those areas of teaching and scholarship that would 'most help to develop our resources, increase our wisdom, and promote human happiness.'

“To these ends, the mission of Duke University is to provide a superior liberal education to undergraduate students, attending not only to their intellectual growth but also to their development as adults committed to high ethical standards and full participation as leaders in their communities; to prepare future members of the learned professions for lives of skilled and ethical service by providing excellent graduate and professional education; to advance the frontiers of knowledge and contribute boldly to the international community of scholarship; to promote an intellectual environment built on a commitment to free and open inquiry; to help those who suffer, cure disease, and promote health, through sophisticated medical research and thoughtful patient care; to provide wide ranging educational opportunities, on and beyond our campuses, for traditional students, active professionals and life-long learners using the power of information technologies; and to promote a deep appreciation for the range of human difference and potential, a sense of the obligations and rewards of citizenship, and a commitment to learning, freedom and truth.Duke Meeting

 “By pursuing these objectives with vision and integrity, Duke University seeks to engage the mind, elevate the spirit, and stimulate the best effort of all who are associated with the University; to contribute in diverse ways to the local community, the state, the nation and the world; and to attain and maintain a place of real leadership in all that we do.”

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