Learning Scientist Postdoctoral Fellowship at Georgia Tech


Postdoctoral Fellowship – Learning Scientist

The Georgia Tech Biomedical Engineering Department’s RED Project is seeking to fill one full-time, 12-month Postdoctoral Fellow position with a focus on the design and implementation of inclusive instructional practices across an engineering curriculum. This is a benefits-eligible appointment renewable on a yearly basis for up to five years and contingent upon satisfactory performance. Start date is negotiable.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will contribute to the development of a research program to improve our understanding of how inclusive educational activities impact student learning, faculty development, and participants’ perspectives on the role of diversity and inclusion in engineering practice, as well as examine how instructional design teams generate novel learning interventions that are sustainably integrated into a curriculum. Both qualitative and quantitative analyses will be conducted. In addition, the postdoctoral fellow will participate in development and evaluation of an educational component for faculty and students. Attendance and participation in related meetings, conferences and workshops is also expected.

The postdoctoral fellow will work with the project co-PIs: Dr. Julie Ancis, Dr. Wendy Newstetter, and Dr. Joe Le Doux.

Date: Start Date Negotiable (September 2017-January 2018)

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Conduct literature reviews, present briefs, and organize resources.

• Plan and conduct research projects autonomously while working collaboratively with the Co-PIs and project staff.

• Participate in project related meetings as needed.

• Conduct quantitative and qualitative analysis.

• Help develop and evaluate education and training modules.

• Perform other related duties as needed.

Knowledge and Skill Qualifications:
Applications are welcome from recipients of a PhD in educational psychology, engineering education, educational policy studies, educational leadership, or a related field. Academic and/or professional experience related to the above research areas is strongly preferred. The ideal candidate should have demonstrated ability to perform both qualitative and quantitative analysis. Strong training in the use of qualitative research methods is necessary.

Work Schedule:
Initial appointment is 12 months with renewal up to 5 years contingent upon funding and performance.

Stipend Information:
The position carries a yearly stipend of $50,000. In addition to stipend, the Postdoctoral Fellow will be provided with funding for reasonable and relevant research expenses.

Application procedures:
Each applicant should submit by email as one complete packet in PDF form:

  1. 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
  2. A statement of interest of no more than three double-spaced pages describing in further detail your interest and background as it relates to this position
  3. A short writing sample pertinent to the application
  4. An up-to-date curriculum vitae
  5. 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.

Email PDF applications to:
Joe Le Doux, Ph.D.
Associate Chair for Undergraduate Learning and Experience
The Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at
Georgia Tech and Emory University

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