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Job ID: 125811

Post-Doctoral Researcher in Engineering Education
Purdue University

Date Posted Jul. 17, 2019
Title Post-Doctoral Researcher in Engineering Education
University Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN, United States
Department Schools of Engineering Education and Mechanical Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Science Education
    Math Education
    Instructional Design/Technology
    Higher Education Administration
    Educational Technology
    Education - General

SEEKING: Post-doctoral researcher in Engineering Education

Position Type: Post-doctoral researcher with experience in Engineering Education to join MEERCat

MEERCat projects: The MEERCat center has nearly $6M in funded research grants focused on engineering education research in a mechanical engineering context, with a particular interest in research-to-practice initiatives to support student academic and professional outcomes. MEERCat research considers student outcomes at the course level via the Freeform grant, which takes a deep dive into student performance, faculty experience, and background factors to understand how they contribute to success in a core sophomore-level course. The RED grant considers how ME departmental culture influences the outcomes students achieve, as well as their experiences throughout the undergraduate program. The SUCCESS grant examines non-cognitive factors (personality, grit, identity, etc.) and their effect on student outcomes. Each of these projects has its own unique dataset, methods, and outcomes (see for more details on each).

MEERCat Post-doc role: We seek a post-doctoral researcher to look across these unique datasets and assemble a truly comprehensive view of learning in Mechanical Engineering. The coalescence of these three datasets into a single holistic project is a truly unprecedented opportunity to advance our understanding of how students succeed, the role of departmental context in the defining the undergraduate experience, and the interplay between local conditions in a single classroom and the global culture of the department. Rapid advances will be possible by leveraging the enormous amount of quantitative and qualitative data available across these three signature MEERCat projects.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
● Expertise in qualitative analysis (including software tools such as NVivo)
● Strength in statistical analysis, especially using R (regression, factor analysis, etc.)
● Experience carrying out qualitative and quantitative analyses with data sets from education, psychology,
sociology, anthropology, or similar research areas
● Excellent oral and written communication skills
● Initiative, creativity, and flexibility
● Ability to work both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team
● Strong prior experience leading publication of academic manuscripts
Anticipated Activities and Responsibilities:
● Collaborate closely with MEERCat team members to prioritize research initiatives and plan their
execution, including collecting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data
● Establish new multi-level theoretical frameworks for teaching and learning that integrate data and
outcomes from each of the three signature MEERCat projects
● Lead communication of research results in a variety of publication outlets
● Engage in supportive mentoring relationships with MEERCat faculty and students

Interested? Send a CV and 1-page statement of interest and qualifications to

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Contact Information

  • Jeff Rhoads
    School of Mechanical Engineering
    Purdue University
    585 Purdue Mall
    West Lafayette, IN 47907


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