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 welcomed 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 work 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. The fellow’s primary responsibilities will be research design, data collection, analysis, and dissemination for two projects that interrogate the affordances of technology (fabrication, IoT, AR, VR) for engineering learning. The first is a youth participatory project with refugee and immigrant families in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. The second project is in partnership with after-school settings in Massachusetts (near the Boston College campus) on food and climate justice oriented student projects.
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 and participatory methods. Frequent travel to or re-location to the Boston area will be needed.
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. 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 protected]
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