Postdoctoral Scholar in Engineering Leadership Development

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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College of Engineering
School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs


Engineering Leadership Development (ELD), a dynamic, growing program within the College of Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University, invites applications from individuals with a cross-disciplinary background in social sciences, education, management, human resources or related fields with interests in leadership research, education and development as well as familiarity with engineering and/or technical environments. This Limited Term Post-doctoral research position will have an initial contract for one or two years with the possibility of renewal. The Engineering Leadership Development Program, housed within the College’s School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP), provides a challenging, relevant and dynamic world-class program that further engages engineering students in their education while preparing them for effective followership and leadership roles in a technical work environment. The post-doctoral researcher will be part of a team of ELD faculty that are working toward the following goals in support of ELD’s mission: To develop and implement engineering leadership assessments in order to evaluate ELD program effectiveness; conduct research at the nexus of engineering leadership and education; further develop curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular programming for leadership education for undergraduate and graduate students in engineering; provide engineering leadership training to College of Engineering undergraduate and graduate students. The preferred candidate will have a PhD or equivalent in social sciences, education, management, human resources or related fields with interests in leadership research, education and development. In addition, some background in or familiarity with applied sciences, engineering, technology and/or business would be desired. Strong qualitative and quantitative research skills and good communication skills are essential. The successful candidate will work with the ELD faculty to contribute to current research and establish new research agendas for the ELD program; contribute to grant proposal preparation; design research studies; collect and analyze both qualitative (focus groups, one-on-one interviews) and quantitative (survey) data; publish research in the field of engineering leadership education; and teach a maximum of one engineering leadership course per semester. The ability to work both independently and in collaboration with others, within the College and the wider University as well as with collaborating universities on a multi-disciplinary research team is crucial. Demonstrated productivity in terms of published peer-reviewed journal articles and scientific conference presentations is required. Desired research skills and experiences include intensive interviewing, program implementation, survey design and administration, and data analysis. Proven experience in teaching upper-level undergraduate and/or graduate courses is highly desired. Excellent organizational and communication (oral and written) skills (including spoken/written English) are required. The ability to engage professionally with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students across the university and community is required. Experience with leadership in large research projects preferred. The initial appointment will be for two years, with the possibility of re-funding and contingent on satisfactory performance. Applications should include a CV, a statement of research interests, a teaching statement, and a letter linking your background and career intentions to the position. The anticipated start date is no later than August 2018. A spring start date is possible, depending on the availability of the selected candidate.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088