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Postdoctoral Researcher, Engineering Education

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Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Other, Postdoc / Research

The Bucknell NSF RED project is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to join the effort to integrate convergent problems into undergraduate courses. The postdoc will be responsible for qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis. In particular we are seeking individuals grounded in the culture of engineering with skills in qualitative research who can do ethnographic studies of the program over the course of the project. This is a full-time, benefits eligible position expected to last 5 years.

The researcher is expected to perform data collection and analysis as needed, attend project-related meetings and workshops to build skills in communication and networking and be integrally engaged in the Communities of Transformation established by the project. Publications and presentations are expected to result to form the work supported by the grant and project personnel will prioritize presentation by the postdoctoral research should they wish it.

Bucknell has numerous opportunities to both learn how to be an effective teacher and to teach courses and labs both in the electrical and computer engineering department and across disciplinary boundaries such as interdisciplinary perspective courses, residential colleges, and foundation seminars should the postdoctoral researcher desire to take advantage of them. Travel support is provided to attend regional, national, and/or international scientific meetings or conferences to advance the postdoctoral researchers expertise and provide professional networking opportunities. On-campus professional development opportunities are available and include preparing an academic CV, how to write application letters, exposure to Bucknell’s alumni network for non academic career opportunities and other topics relevant to obtaining long term employment. As part of their duties the research will attend faculty development workshops focused on teaching and learning; diversity, equity, and inclusion; writing; and mentoring.

Minimum Qualifications:
- PhD conferred by the official start date of the position. The PhD should be in a discipline that utilizes ethnographic research methodologies.
- Demonstrated background in both engineering and ethnography.
- Experience with qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods research, preferably all three.

Preferred Qualifications:
- Experience with anthropology and ability/interest in engineering education in a systemic context.

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About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 50 majors and 60 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,600 undergraduate and 100 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its students. Residential life is vibrant with about 150 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletic teams, a robust arts culture, and a strong student commitment to community and global service work.

Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Community

Located in central Pennsylvania, Lewisburg features a variety of restaurants, beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), charming shops and boutiques, and the Barnes and Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. About 33,000 residents live in the region.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is about three hours from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living here is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and many opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School is consistently ranked among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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