MIT Postdoctoral Associate Position

The MIT-SUTD Collaboration Office is seeking to hire a Postdoctoral Associate who can assist the Collaboration Director. The MIT-SUTD Collaboration is a part of a unique initiative to help start a new university in Singapore, the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). As part of this project, MIT will be developing SUTD’s curriculum and assisting SUTD with its implementation and delivery during its initial years. SUTD and MIT have also created a joint research center, the Singapore-MIT International Design Center, with dedicated facilities at both universities.

Reporting to Collaboration Director, the postdoctoral associate will be responsible for coordinating the creation and delivery of the overall university curriculum. As a key stakeholder within a highly collaborative team, the postdoctoral associate will have the overarching responsibility of coordinating the various stakeholders to ensure the integrity, timeliness, and excellence of the final product as well as provide critical input to the Collaboration Director on the latest thinking regarding curriculum development and instructional design in science and engineering. This is an ideal position for a postdoc with prior curriculum development and teaching experience. The postdoctoral associate should be cognizant of current thinking and trends in curriculum development and instructional design in science and engineering as well as experience in the implementation of findings from educational research into the development of curriculum and instruction in the classroom.

Position Description:

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE, MIT-Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) Collaboration, to be responsible for coordinating the creation and delivery of the overall undergraduate university curriculum for the MIT-SUTD Collaboration, a ten-year, groundbreaking agreement between the Singapore government and MIT. Will coordinate various stakeholders (faculty, TA/RAs, course production team) to ensure the integrity, timeliness, and excellence of the final product; and provide critical input to the director on the latest thinking regarding curriculum development and instructional design in science and engineering. Will report to the MIT-SUTD Collaboration’s faculty director.

REQUIREMENTS: a Ph.D. in science or engineering education or in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) discipline; experience in STEM education; curriculum development and teaching experience; an understanding of current thinking and trends in curriculum development and instructional design in science and engineering; an understanding of engineering, design, and technology; and experience in the implementation of findings from educational research into the development of curriculum and classroom instruction. Strong interpersonal and communication skills required. The appointment will be for one year with renewal expected, depending on performance and funding. Start date is flexible, but could be as early as April 2011.



In addition to applying online, applicants should send a CV, publications list, statement of research interests (1,000-3,000 words), one writing sample on a topic related to curriculum development or instructional design, and arrange that two to three letters of reference be sent to: Jon Griffith, MIT-SUTD Collaboration, 35-216, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307; or jong@mit.edu. 



Deadline: March 31, 2011. Review of applications will begin immediately.