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Postdoctoral Associate

Buffalo, New York ~ November 19, 2020

A successful candidate for this position requires qualitative research knowledge, excellent writing skills, taking initiative, proven experience collaborating across disciplines, and the ability to manage multiple projects concurrently.
This position is one year in duration and will focus on undergraduate engineering education, especially as it pertains to developing the problem solving skills of undergraduates in the context of professional formation. Work will focus on engineering problem typology (i.e. framing engineering as explicit problem types) as a framework for
• investigating the evolution of students’ problem solving skills across the curriculum.
• exploring the negotiation of “good” problem solving between students, instructors, and practitioners.
• Creating tools that support development of “open” problems and associated assessment.
• The candidate will also be expected to support research based on the experiential learning program, especially as it pertains to student learning and motivation in co-curricular settings.
• Candidate will also be expected to support engagement with internal and external collaborators, publishing efforts, and proposal development.
The UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) offers competitive salaries at all faculty ranks, and its departments are key players in university initiatives such as Research and Education in Energy Environment and Water ( RENEW ) and Stephen Still Institute for Sustainable Transportation and Logistics ( ISTL ) that can provide faculty at all ranks with additional resources to support their successful research programs.
The University at Buffalo (UB), a member of the prestigious American Association of Universities, is the largest and most comprehensive university in The State University of New York ( SUNY) system, with about 20,000 undergraduates and 10,000 graduate students and 1600 fulltime faculty. The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has6,000 students enrolled across 9 academic departments.
Buffalo is a city with a rapidly growing economy, eclectic neighborhoods, world-class art galleries and museums, a vibrant theater and music community, the Lake Erie waterfront, a city-wide system of parks designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, and major and minor league sports teams. The awe-inspiring Niagara Falls is just 20 minutes away. The department is located on the UB North Campus in suburban Amherst, an area that combines outstanding public schools and services with a surprisingly low cost-of-living.
*Outstanding Benefits Package*
Working at UB comes with benefits that exceed salary alone. There are personal rewards including comprehensive health and retirement plan options. We also focus on creating and sustaining a healthy mix of work, personal and academic pursuit - all in an effort to support your work-life effectiveness. Visit our benefits website to learn about our benefit packages.
*About UB*
The University at Buffalo is SUNY’s most comprehensive public research university, and an outstanding place to work. UB amplifies ambition for faculty and staff by offering endless possibilities to achieve more. Here, people from all backgrounds and cultures challenge and inspire each other to discover, learn and succeed. Dedicated staff and engaged faculty collaborate to further knowledge and understanding, and develop tenacious graduates who are valued for their talents and their impact on global society. Visit our website to learn more about the University at Buffalo.
As an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer, the Research Foundation will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin and veteran or disability status.

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