Director of Learning Sciences Research

The Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering seeks a Director of Learning Sciences Research who has a strong interest in solving learning challenges in higher education.  This new position will focus on creating a design studies approach to further the continuous improvement of the department’s inclusive pedagogical approaches.  The successful candidate will work in collaboration with our faculty, students, and other stakeholders to create and evaluate learning interventions that will foster students’ inclusive leadership skills and promote their learning and success.

This is a full-time, 12-month non-tenure track academic professional faculty position with a combination of teaching (no more than one course per term), research on the scholarship of teaching and learning, and administrative responsibilities. Administrative responsibilities, representing roughly half the total responsibilities, will be primarily focused on the undergraduate programs with some synergistic activities that cut across both the graduate and undergraduate programs.

Major administrative responsibilities:

  • Play a central role in driving sustainable, scalable, and research-driving innovation in engineering education
  • Provide leadership in driving fast-paced projects that deliver tangible short-term results, in partnership with faculty /student innovation teams, while maintaining a long-term strategic portfolio of learning innovation projects
  • Incorporate cognitive as well as non-cognitive (i.e., inter- and intra-personal) competencies into pedagogical approaches.
  • Coordinate faculty development activities in reform-based and inclusive pedagogies

Basic Qualifications

  • PhD in educational psychology, learning sciences, curriculum and instruction, engineering education, or related field
  • At least three years of experience in engineering education or learning sciences research

Additional Preferred Qualifications

  • Three to five years of STEM teaching experience in secondary or higher education
  • Demonstrated track record in publishing in peer reviewed journals is highly desired
  • Bachelor’s degree in a STEM field

Salary will be commensurate with experience

Georgia Tech offers competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits for qualifying positions, such as generous leave and healthcare.  For detailed benefits information, please visit

Date: Start Date Negotiable (September 2019-January 2020)

Georgia Tech is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Consistent with its obligations under federal law, each company that is a federal contractor or subcontractor is committed to taking affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified women, minorities, disabled individuals and veterans.

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Application procedure:

Each applicant should submit by email as one complete packet in PDF form.

All applications should include:

    1. a 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 until the position is filled.


About the Location

Georgia Institute of Technology:

The Georgia Institute of Technology, also known as Georgia Tech, is one of the leading research universities in the U.S. It provides more engineering degrees to women than any other U.S. school, and is consistently rated as a top university in the U.S. for graduation of underrepresented minorities in engineering. All of its undergraduate and graduate programs are ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News and World Report, and it is ranked #7 among the best public universities in the U.S.

Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
The department is collaboratively managed by the Georgia Tech College of Engineering and the Emory University School of Medicine. It is dedicated to improving health and well-being by fostering the next generation of leaders in biomedical engineering. Its bachelor’s and graduate programs are ranked #1 and #2, respectively, by US News & World Report.

Midtown Atlanta:
Midtown Atlanta is the cultural heart of the city of Atlanta, and is home to Piedmont Park, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, High Museum of Art, and the Center for Civil and Human Rights. The area has direct access through public transportation to Hartsfield-Jackson International Atlanta and is one of the most walkable and bike-friendly areas in Atlanta.