The Georgia Tech Biomedical Engineering Department invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow to join a multidisciplinary team that is leading a department-wide project to implement revolutionary change in engineering education practices. Our vision is to educate engineers who understand that a diverse and inclusive engineering workforce is better able to find and solve new and compelling problems, and who have the skills and disposition to seek out, form, and thrive on diverse and inclusive teams. To achieve our vision, we collaborate with curricular transformation teams of scientists, faculty, students, and industry engineers to create a curriculum that seamlessly interweaves inclusive concepts and practices with technical content at multiple social scales.

The Fellow will contribute to a research program that seeks to answer the following research questions: 1) how can inclusion-promoting interventions be sustainably integrated into the curriculum, 2) how do the curriculum modifications impact students’ interpersonal skills and understanding of inclusive engineering design practices, and 3) what system and structural changes are effective in supporting organizational change?  The Fellow will assist with designing and conducting the research studies which may include qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods approaches, and will have the opportunity to develop and evaluate educational programs for faculty and students.  The Fellow will also have the opportunity to recruit and mentor a team of undergraduate research assistants.

We anticipate the knowledge generated by this work will contribute to the development of organizational change and inclusive educational approaches that will be applicable to a wide range of settings, including in the academic, public, and private sectors.

The Fellow will work with the project’s three co-PIs: Dr. Julie Ancis (Associate Vice President, Institute Diversity), Dr. Wendy Newstetter (Director of Educational Research and Innovation for the College of Engineering), and Dr. Joe Le Doux (Associate Chair for Undergraduate Learning and Experience), as well as with another Fellow, Dr. Chris Martin (sociologist).

Scholarship Description

Date: Start Date Negotiable (June 15, 2018 – August 15, 2018)

Research site: Georgia Tech’s main campus in Midtown Atlanta

Salary: $50,000/year with benefits.

Contract: The appointment is renewable annually for up to four years contingent upon satisfactory performance.

Project Sponsor: The National Science Foundation’s Revolutionizing Engineering and Computer Science Departments (RED) Program

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 analyses.
  • Help develop and evaluate scalable and transferrable educational interventions.
  • Present findings at conferences, workshops, and stakeholder meetings.
  • Perform other related duties as needed.

Knowledge and Skill Qualifications:

Applications are welcome from recipients of a PhD in social psychology, clinical psychology, community psychology, organizational psychology, organizational behavior, sociology, organizational change, engineering education, or related fields. The ideal candidate should have demonstrated ability to perform both quantitative and qualitative analysis.

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.

Application procedure:

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 until the position is filled.