Cornell University, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Position ID:Cornell-MAE-ALIPD [#21823]
Position Title: Learning Studios Postdoctoral Fellow
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering / Aerospace Engineering, Design and Manufacturing, Dynamics and Control, energy systems, Fluid Mechanics, Mechatronics, Systems Engineering, Thermal Engineering
Appl Deadline:2022/07/25 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2022/05/23, listed until 2022/11/23)
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As part of the university's comprehensive vaccination program, all Cornell employees are required to have and provide proof of an FDA-or WHO-authorized or approved COVID-19 primary vaccination or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption, regardless of their role and work location.

New hires are required to provide documentation showing primary vaccination status (that is, completion of two shots of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one shot of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson) before their first day of work. If a new hire's vaccination is not complete or information is not received by their start date, the first day of work will be delayed. It is possible in some cases that an offer of employment may be withdrawn.

The Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University will hire two postdoctoral fellows to develop new undergraduate learning studios and assess their efficacy in use for multiple classes. The successful candidates will engage in building educational modules for these learning studios, observing students, and measuring learning outcomes. This work is supported by a Cornell University Active Learning Initiative grant (PI: Brian Kirby) described at; the launch of the first learning studio is described at

Job description:

We are implementing an undergraduate learning studios model to redesign laboratories -- in which studios are developed around relevant engineering systems and these systems are used to provide real-world, active learning experiences for students in a multitude of classes. The learning studios are expected to link undergraduate cohorts to each other, cause interchange between learner and expert modalities, link different courses to each other, link theory to practice, and link course outcomes to career development.

Each postdoc will be involved in development of 1-2 studios and will interface with 2-3 classes. The postdoc will be directly supervised and supported by Prof. Kirby but also (a) work with multiple faculty instructors in the department, (b) collaborate with department instructional aids, (c) join in the vibrant peer learning community of the staff and faculty of the Cornell Active Learning Initiative with an enthusiastic cohort of ALI postdoctoral fellows across campus. Postdocs will develop and document course materials emphasizing active and inductive learning and real-life applications. Additional duties include developing and implementing metrics for the learning objectives of each class and using those metrics to determine the efficacy of the course interventions. Opportunities to teach Cornell engineering classes may also be available. Postdocs will be expected to generate archival publications in the engineering education literature.


Employer: Cornell University Location: Ithaca, NY Start date: ASAP. Applicants will be evaluated immediately upon receipt of application. As long as this posting is active on AJO, applicants are still being evaluated and new applications are welcomed. Length of appointment: 2 years Expected salary: $63k/year Required qualifications: * Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, engineering education research, or a closely related field. Preferred qualifications include some combination of the following: * Experience with relevant literature and education research methods * Ability to work collaboratively with multiple faculty members and postdocs, adapting to diverse views and approaches * Ability to work independently * Project leadership, time management, communication, and writing skills * Experience with curriculum development, teaching assistant training, or faculty development * Enthusiasm for learning new things (Because this project will involve integrating and applying many different research areas, an ability to grow is even more valuable than extensive experience in any one of the above areas.)

To apply: Complete the application at Academic Jobs online.

Contact Professor Kirby at with any inquiries.

Diversity and inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

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In the Research Statement, evidence of technical research is good and fleshes out an applicant's technical skill, but we are interested primarily in experience or goals in terms of EDUCATIONAL research. Applicants with a Ph.D. in education are welcome and experience with education research is beneficial, but we expect that many applicants will have research experience primarily in engineering subjects.

In the Teaching Statement, please indicate teaching experience and educational goals.

In the Diversity Statement, please indicate (if applicable) how your individual experiences motivate your instructional style/goals or your educational research goals. Please indicate how your instructional goals are supported by a desire to educate students from diverse backgrounds.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

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