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Postdoctoral Research Fellow-CS/STEM Education, Social Science, Humanities

Duke University
Durham, North Carolina

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow-Alliance for Identity-Inclusive Computing Education (AiiCE)

Department of Computer Science

Duke University

Durham, NC

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.

The AiiCE-Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (AiiCE-PRF) aims to increase the number of postdoctoral researchers (postdocs) from groups that are historically underrepresented (i.e., Black, Indigenous, Latinx, women, LGBTQ+, disabled, first-generation college graduates, and their intersections) and the number of postdocs performing identity-inclusive computing education research. 


Job Description Summary

The Alliance seeks one (1) candidate to perform research at the intersection of identity and computing at the postsecondary level. Successful candidates will work with scholars from Duke University, the University of Oregon, Bard College, the Kapor Center, Georgia Tech, ABET/CSAB, Reboot Representation, Northeastern University’s Center for Inclusive Computing, and more.  



This position demands self-motivated, organized, deadline-oriented, and independent researchers who meet the following requirements.  


Minimum Qualifications

1. Ph.D. with completion date no later than summer 2024 in CS/Engineering/STEM Education, Social Sciences, and other related disciplines.

2. Experience performing quantitative, qualitative, and/or mixed-methods research.

3. Alignment with the goals of AiiCE.

4. Proficiency in oral and written communication.

5. Evidence of research experience in the aforementioned areas, as demonstrated by publications, works in progress, and/or presentations.




Candidates are expected to work on all facets of projects (including instrument development, data collection and, manuscript writing, and publishing/presenting findings), as well as mentor student researchers.

All positions are for two (2) years. A background check will be required of successful candidates. 


Application Instructions

Applicants must submit the following documents as attachments:

1. Cover letter and CV.

2. Brief statement identifying prior research projects and current interests.

3. Brief statement on how applicant’s prior and potential contributions to creating equitable and inclusive environments will advance the Alliance’s mission.

4. Unofficial university transcript.

5. Professional writing sample.

6. Submitted references from three (3) people who can speak to the applicant’s professional experience and potential as a postdoctoral researcher.

Application reviews will begin January 1, 2024, and they will continue until all positions are filled.

Inquiries regarding these positions can be made to Dr. Nicki Washington at

NOTE: Applicants will not be sponsored 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 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.

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.


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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