Duke University, Computer Science

Position ID:Duke-CS-PDA_AIICE [#20179]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate - Alliance for Identity-Inclusive Computing Education
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Computer Science / Broadening Participation in Computing, Computer Science Education, Identity and Computing, Interdisciplinary Work related to Social or Biological Sciences, Social Sciences
Appl Deadline:2021/12/15 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2021/10/21, finished 2022/06/18)
Position Description:    

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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Alliance for Identity-Inclusive Computing Education
Department of Computer Science
Duke University
Durham, NC

Schedule: Full-time, 12-month

Start Date: Summer 2022

Program Information

The Alliance for Identity-Inclusive Computing Education (AiiCE) (https://identityincs.org/) aims to increase the entry, retention, and course/degree completion rates of high-school and undergraduate students from groups that are historically underrepresented in computing through evidence-based, identity-inclusive interventions. AIICE is founded upon evidence that student-focused (and often deficit-based) strategies do not adequately address institutional cultures, policies, and practices that have marginalized people from non-dominant identities.

Job Description Summary

The Alliance seeks candidates for a postdoctoral position at the intersection of identity and computing/STEM. The position is part of a national effort to broaden participation in computing through identity-inclusive strategies. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to interact with faculty and researchers from Duke University, the University of Oregon, Mount Holyoke College, the Kapor Center, Constellations Center for Equity in Computing at Georgia Tech, ABET/CSAB, Reboot Representation, and the Center for Inclusive Computing.

  1. Design and implement research protocols.
  2. Complete thorough and comprehensive literature reviews, as appropriate.
  3. Write papers for peer review.
  4. Present research findings.
  5. Lead/mentor student researchers.
  6. Ensure data are collected accurately, analyzed rigorously, and adhere to agency and IRB-specific data-use/management protocols.

This position demands a self-motivated, organized, deadline-oriented, and independent researcher who meets the following requirements.

Minimum Qualifications
  1. Ph.D. with completion date prior to start date.
  2. Demonstrated research experience in one of the following areas:
    • Computing/STEM education research (especially justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion)
    • Identity (race, ethnicity, gender, ability, sexuality, or class)
  3. Demonstrated experience performing quantitative, qualitative, and/or mixed-methods research.
  4. Demonstrated statistical proficiency.
  5. Demonstrated proficiency using data analysis software.
  6. Demonstrated alignment with the goals of AiiCE.
  7. Demonstrated proficiency in oral and written communication.
  8. Evidence of research experience in the aforementioned areas, as demonstrated by publications, works in progress, and/or presentations.
  9. Currently eligible to work in the U.S.
Desired Qualifications
  1. Demonstrated experience in survey design, (semi-)structured interviews, and using coding software (e.g., NVivo, MaxQDA, etc.).
  2. Demonstrated potential to mentor students from diverse backgrounds.
This position is for two (2) years, with the possibility of a third-year renewal based on performance. A background check will be required of the successful candidate.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

In accordance with Duke University policy, all University faculty, and staff members, regardless of work location, must receive and show documentation of full COVID-19 and flu vaccination status. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their last shot in a vaccine series. University faculty and staff may apply for a medical or religious exemption, but anyone approved for an exemption will be subject to daily symptom monitoring, weekly surveillance testing, continued masking, and other protocols applicable to those who have not been vaccinated.

Application Instructions

Applicants must submit the following documents electronically through AcademicJobsOnline.org (https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/20179):
  1. Cover letter
  2. CV
  3. A brief research statement identifying prior research projects and interests.
  4. A brief statement on how your past and/or potential contributions to creating equitable and inclusive environments for diverse identities will advance the Alliance’s commitment to inclusive excellence.
  5. University transcript
  6. Professional writing sample
  7. Current contact information for three (3) references who can address the qualifications noted above.
Review of applications for this position will begin by December 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Target start date is July 2022.

Inquiries regarding this position can be made to Dr. Nicki Washington at nicki@cs.duke.edu.

Note, we will not sponsor applicants for work visas. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

Details on benefits, including health insurance, provided by Duke University for postdoctoral researchers can be found at: https://postdoc.duke.edu/resources. Duke University is situated in the vibrant Research Triangle Area of North Carolina, which is frequently ranked among the best places in the country to live and work.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
email address
Department of Computer Science
Box 90129
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708