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Postdoctoral Research Fellow
We invite applicants for a postdoctoral fellow position in the Department of Engineering at Boston College. The department is responsible for the new undergraduate human-centered engineering program which will welcome its first cohort of students in Fall 2021. The program integrates Boston College's core liberal arts curriculum with experiential engineering curriculum that emphasizes societal responsibility.
The fellow will be working with Dr. Avneet Hira and her collaborators on projects aimed at humanizing engineering and design practices, using technology to support learning, and engineering in informal (often low-resource) settings. Candidates interested in interrogating questions pertaining to engineering in open-ended project-based settings like Makerspaces, museums, community organizations, and family units are strongly encouraged to apply.
The fellow will have a PhD in engineering education, science education, learning sciences, science and technology studies, or any other relevant field. They should have expertise in research design appropriate to the kinds of studies described above, ideally with a focus on qualitative narrative-based methods. This position will require the candidate to travel (sometimes internationally) if and when safe. Frequent travel to or re-location to the Boston area will be needed.
Background or interest in human-centered design methods and reflective practice is a plus. So is interest in emerging technologies for creating spaces that are inclusive and trans-disciplinary. While the fellow will spend most of their time conducting research and working on manuscripts, there may be opportunities for teaching, mentoring and grant writing if there is interest.
This is a 1-year appointment with the possibility for renewal. For questions, please contact Avneet Hira at email@example.com
About Human-Centered Engineering at Boston College: This new program will introduce students to concepts of design and systems thinking, implementation science, engineering science and analysis, new and emerging technologies, entrepreneurship, and professional and social skills relevant to a future global society. The program will educate students to become "engineers for others," who will combine the engineering knowledge and skills with their liberal arts education to work ethically for the betterment of society.
Degree Requirement: Appointee recently awarded a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate (e.g., Sc.D., M.D.) in an appropriate field
Boston College offers a broad and competitive range of benefits depending on your job classification eligibility:
Tuition remission for Employees
Tuition remission for Spouses and Children who meet eligibility requirements
Generous Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
Low-Cost Life Insurance
Eligibility for both University-Funded 401k and Employer-Sponsored 403b Retirement Plans
Boston College conducts background checks as part of the hiring process.
Boston College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected category including disability and protected veteran status. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at https://www.bc.edu/offices/diversity .
Boston College is one of the nation's best and most selective universities, with U.S. News & World Report ranking Boston College 31st among national universities, and Forbes ranking it 26th in its 2012 America's Best Colleges listing. Boston College confers more than 4,000 degrees annually in more than 50 fields of study through eight schools and colleges. Faculty members are committed to both teaching and research having earned nearly $60 million in research grants in the last year alone. The University has made a major commitment to academic excellence. As part of its Strategic Plan, Boston College is in the process of adding 100 new faculty positions, expanding faculty and graduate research, increasing student financial aid to more than $128 million annually, and widening opportunities in key undergraduate programs, such as international study, internships and student formation.