Post Doc Fellow, Department of Engineering and Computing Education

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Job Overview

The College of Engineering and Applied Science's Department of Engineering and Computing Education is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow to join Dr. David Reeping's research group. The current research focus of the group cuts across several strands: curricular analytics, threshold concepts in cyber-physical systems, eye-tracking usability studies with web-based information for transfer students, and large language models (i.e., generative AI) in engineering classrooms. We seek a candidate who is eager to deepen their expertise in engineering education research by contributing to funded projects, developing new manuscripts and proposals centered on mutual research interests, and building mentoring skills by assisting with supervising graduate students.
This position requires excellent writing and verbal communication with demonstrated success in publishing peer-reviewed journal articles. The candidate must have a well-developed understanding of the literature in at least one of the following broad areas: engineering education, higher education, educational research methods. The position also requires a working knowledge of mixed methods research, with a particular emphasis on quantitative research skills. Aptitude with high-level programming languages is desirable (e.g., Python or R). The postdoctoral fellow will be working across a variety of projects, and their primary responsibilities project-wise will be matched to their expertise.
This position is for one year with the possibility of a year extension. The postdoctoral fellow is expected to be in person at the University of Cincinnati by the agreed-upon start date.

Essential Functions

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Assisting with grant management.
  • Preparing proposals for internal and external funding.
  • Performing data collection and analysis.
  • Preparing manuscripts for conferences and journals. 
  • If warranted, the postdoctoral fellow may be asked to attend professional conferences and meetings.

Required Education

Ph.D. or Ed.D. required in Engineering Education, Educational Research, or closely related field.

Additional Qualifications Considered

  • Undergraduate/graduate degree in an Engineering or Science discipline (e.g., Physics).
  • Experience mentoring undergraduate research assistants.
  • Experience with grant writing for either internal or external funding.
  • Knowledge of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, including techniques unique to mixed methods.
  • Knowledge of Python, R, MATLAB, or NetLogo (or other similar scripting or computational languages).
  • Expertise in at least one of the following methods/areas: Delphi method, eye-tracking, think-aloud interviews, data mining, machine learning, time series methods.
  • Expertise in at least one of the following topical areas in engineering education: transfer student experiences, threshold concepts, QuantCrit, person-centered approaches/analyses.
  • Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of the literature in engineering education, higher education, or educational research methods.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work and collaborate effectively with students, faculty, and staff from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Office environment/no specific unusual physical or environmental demands.

Application Process

Please upload the following under the 'Additional Documents' section of the application:

• Brief cover letter describing previous research experience, current research interests, and career goals
• Current CV
• Diversity statement
• Names and contact information for three individuals who are familiar with your research and can be contacted to serve as a reference
• At least one writing sample, in the form of published papers in either conferences or journals.

Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


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The University of Cincinnati is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


REQ: 94841 


Post Doc Fellow, Department of Engineering and Computing Education

Date:  Feb 2, 2024

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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