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Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Arizona State University

Arizona State University

Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Arizona State University: Office of the University Provost Tempe: Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering: The Polytechnic School


Arizona State University – Polytechnic Campus

Open Date

May 03, 2024


How might engineering academic institutions be better positioned for contemporary needs? How might you translate those ideas into real benefits for all involved? Join us at The Polytechnic School as a post-doctoral associate to help design, launch, and evaluate bold initiatives across the institution.

The Polytechnic School, with more than 7,000 students, 300 faculty and staff, and 40 degree programs in 10 tech-related disciplines, is ASU’s engineering focus for applied research, engaged learning, and industry partnerships. Positioned as an institutional laboratory, the School has a culture of community and caring, and is driven to find new ways for impactful higher education practices at large scales.

Polytechnic Campus, situated in a bucolic desert arboretum in Mesa, Arizona. The campus is home to about 10,000 of ASU’s 150,000 students and is rapidly evolving to support the future of polytechnic learning, research, and impact.

This position may be renewable annually, based on outcomes achieved, eligibility and the continued availability of funding.

Essential duties

In this position, you will be an innovation champion and investigator for upcoming School-wide initiatives. In many cases The Polytechnic School will serve as the developmental testbed for even bigger ambitions. As such, collaborative design, implementation, and assessment experience is critical for this position. An understanding of engineering and higher education institutions is valuable.

For all initiatives, you will work directly with Kurt Paterson, Director of The Polytechnic School. Depending on the initiative, you will also collaborate with different teams of faculty, staff, students, and partners.



• Ph.D. in Engineering Education, Engineering Management, Organizational Leadership, or related discipline by the time of appointment; Ph.D. must be obtained within the past four years

• Meeting/workshop planning and facilitation

• Entrepreneurial project management

• Qualitative and quantitative data analyses


• Effective visual, oral, and written communication

• Inclusive team leadership skills

• Understanding organizational change theory and practice

• Translating research to scalable practice

Application Instructions

Application deadline is June 14, 2024. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled. To apply, visit https://hiring.engineering.asu.edu/ and select “apply now” next to the corresponding position. Candidates will be asked to create or use an existing Interfolio Dossier to submit the following:

• Curriculum Vitae

• Cover letter of interest describing how you meet the qualifications for this position

• Contact information for three professional references including email addresses

The ASU Charter states, “ASU is a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.” The Fulton Schools of Engineering are dedicated to cultivating excellence, delivering innovation that matters, encouraging bold thinking, fostering a community of learning and collaboration and building a foundation for all to be successful. Applicants are encouraged to address how their past, current and future activities align with the ASU Charter and Fulton Schools of Engineering values in their application materials.

For additional information regarding position specifics, please contact the search committee chair, Kurt Paterson via email at kurt.paterson@asu.edu