Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Learning Ethnographies of New Engineers (LENE) - NSF REAL grant 2014-2018

Northwestern University seeks applicants for a one-year post-doctoral research fellow starting immediately. This is a research fellowship working with Principal Investigator Reed Stevens.

This research fellow will work on data analysis, writing, and potential follow up interviews with research participants in the Learning Ethnographies of New Engineers (LENE) project funded by the National Science Foundation (see The leading goal of the project is to understand and compare the learning and work experiences of new engineers: recently graduated engineering students in their first jobs. The rich project data is already collected and has been partially analyzed and written about, but many opportunities for further analysis and writing abound in the data corpus. This is an opportunity for a post-doc to focus on further development of qualitative analysis and writing, with the likelihood of multiple first and co-authored publications.

Required qualifications include an earned Ph.D. in a social sciences discipline with significant training in qualitative fieldwork (e.g. learning sciences, science studies, anthropology, sociology, engineering/STEM education). The primary work expectation for this project is research analysis and writing, so those skills (rather than ethnographic data collection) will be given priority in the application review process. There are possibilities for follow-up interviews with research participants, which would be mutually decided by the Principal Investigator and the post-doctoral fellow. Familiarity with engineering or other technical disciplines is desirable but not required.

The postdoctoral fellow will develop further expertise in ethnographic research analysis, video-based interaction analysis, and theoretical perspectives on embodied knowledge, situated learning, and identity formation. The postdoctoral fellow will participate in research group meetings and ongoing professional development opportunities in the target areas of the project, and will have opportunities to participate in Northwestern’s internationally recognized Learning Sciences program as well as in the intellectual environment of Northwestern more broadly.

Compensation: This is a full-time, 12-month position with full benefits. The budget also includes conference travel funds for the postdoc.

Interested applicants should submit the following materials

  • A cover letter addressing your qualifications and career history, as well as how the postdoctoral position with LENE fits with your career goals.
  • A Curriculum Vitae.
  • The names and contact information of three scholars who can serve as references.
  • Two samples (published or unpublished) of your scholarly work, one of which you identify as a research paper that best represents your potential as a scholar with qualitative data analysis and the goals of the LENE project.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Email your applications materials to with the subject line “LENE postdoc 2018”.

Northwestern University is located in an attractive lakefront community adjacent to Chicago.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.


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