This is a call for a postdoctoral position focused on teaching and learning in
interdisciplinary, individualized and flexible education in engineering and
Information about the research
Initiatives to reform education in engineering and architecture across the
globe are increasingly emphasizing and encouraging stronger links between
(1) disciplines, (2) academic education and real-world contexts, and (3)
generic competences and technical skills. Chalmers University of Technology
has recently committed to large-scale efforts to develop education based on
cooperation across boundaries between schools, programs and departments (in
the TRACKS initiative). In light of the important role of engineers and
architects for meeting current and future global challenges, it is important
to study these kinds of initiatives and their possibilities and consequences
from a wide variety of perspectives.
For this postdoctoral position, we seek applicants that address the challenges
and possibilities in reformed architecture and engineering education (as
described above). We invite project proposals which use or develop
established theories and methodologies in social and educational sciences, and
which adopt an empirical focus ranging from student and/or teacher experiences
to reform work on a more institutional level. Possible interesting areas of
research include but are not limited to (1) research adopting a critical
lens to explore intended as well as unintended effects on student learning and
development resulting from these reform efforts, and (2) research attending
to teachers' motivation for engaging in reform initiatives, the challenges
they experience, and/or their need for further pedagogical support/training.
The position is to be placed at the Division of Engineering Education Research
at the Department of Communication and Learning in Science.
As a postdoctoral scholar you are expected to be a highly active member of
the engineering education research group, which has an ongoing research strand
dedicated to the thematic area of this position. In addition, in collaboration
with colleagues you will be expected to seek external funding for research to
enable the establishment of a future research platform involving your own as
well as other's research. Finally, depending on your research experience and
research interests, you will have the possibility to supervise masters'
students (comprising < 10% of your time) and be involved in some minor
teaching engagements (< 5% of your time).
The successful applicant has a Ph.D. degree, obtained after 2018-12-31, in a
field that is relevant to the research project described in their
proposal/application (e.g. Engineering, Architecture, Education Science,
Education Studies, Educational Psychology).
The applicant must have:
• Knowledge of and experience in applying quantitative and/or qualitative
research methods (to the extent that this is relevant to the proposed
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
• A strong publication record in highly ranked journals/conferences relevant
to the field of research.
It is meritorious if the applicant has a higher education teaching
diploma/equivalent. Additional meritorious qualifications include:
• Participation in international research networks within the research area.
• Teamwork skills to work successfully with colleagues and external partners.
• Experience working with students and/or teachers in close-to-practice
• Success in attracting external funding.
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of two
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The application should be marked with Ref 20210301 and written in English.
The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as
CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number)
• CV, include complete list of publications (and please mark clearly which
publications have been subject to peer review).
• Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences.
• The names of two references that we can contact.
Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family
name, Ref. number)
1-3 pages where you:
• Introduce yourself.
• Describe your previous research fields and main research results.
• Describe your future goals and future research focus.
Mandatory research proposal: (Please name the document as: Project
proposal, Family name, Ref. number)
In addition to the CV and the personal letter, each applicant is required
to submit a tentative project proposal of no more than three A4 pages,
excluding references. The proposal should articulate - in very broad terms -
the kind of research project the applicant would be interested in conducting
and why (focusing on the purpose, methods, possible results and the
significance of those results in view of the state of the art of the relevant
Other documents: • Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.
Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form.
The files may be compressed (zipped).
Application deadline: 31 August, 2021
For questions, please contact:
Anders Johansson, Senior Lecturer, Engineering Education Research
Phone: +46 31 7721755
Malin Kjellberg, Head of Division, Engineering Education Research
Phone: +46 31 7722788
Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement
publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection
with this position.
Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in
engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences,
natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry
and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our six Areas
of Advance; Energy, Health Engineering, Information and Communication
Technology, Materials Science, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an
active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a
foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces.
Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and
improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829,
completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: