Research Position in Engineering Education

Northwestern University



Northwestern University's Department of Biomedical Engineering and School of Education and Social Policy invite applications for an individual to work on the development, completion and evaluation of innovative educational courseware in the field of Biomedical Engineering. With suitable credentials, the position will be as a post-doctoral fellow. Individuals with BS and MS degrees in engineering demonstrating a strong interest in education should also apply. This position is available immediately and will remain open until filled. The position is for one year (through August 31st 2007) with the possibility of extension pending funding availability.


As part of VaNTH, a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center, faculty at Northwestern are developing novel curricular materials in collaboration with scholars from partner institutions including Vanderbilt, Texas, Harvard, and MIT.


This position involves working with an interdisciplinary team of engineers, learning technologists and learning scientists to review, refine, design, implement and disseminate courseware based on research on how people learn. Responsibilities will be varied and include completion of modules already under development as well as improvement of courseware that takes advantage of VaNTH's learning technology platforms. The opportunity to initiate limited new projects, based on the candidate's interests and qualifications, also exists.


The post-doc candidate should have a Ph.D. or equivalent in a field related to engineering, biological science, or engineering education. Motivated M.S. and B.S. holders with educational interests are also strongly encouraged to apply, and would be appointed at a staff level. The successful applicant at either level will have engineering domain knowledge, excellent written communication skills, facility with computer programming languages, and the ability to take existing projects and move them to completion independently. Salary, as well as the level of independence and research freedom, will be commensurate with experience and education.


Post-doc applicants should send a curriculum vitae and a list of three references to: Mark Bourgeois (, Biomedical Engineering Department, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208-3107. M.S. and B.S. applicants should apply online to position #10342 at Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Candidates from minority groups underrepresented in the sciences are encouraged to apply. Employment searches are conducted in compliance with the equal employment opportunity laws of the United States and the affirmative action plan of the University.