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Position Announcement: Postdoctoral Researcher, Tufts CEEO

Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) invites applications for a joint full-time postdoctoral scholar to work on studying undergraduate teaching and learning. The initial appointment is for the academic year 2021-2022, with possibility for additional years of renewal.

The position will be part of a project that is exploring how to create resources and tools to support student-centered, hands-on engineering and robotics learning in Rwanda, Brazil, and Kenya. Leveraging ideas from learning through play, makerspaces, and engineering education, the Tufts team is working collaboratively with country-based partners to co-design hands-on materials, teacher professional development, and educational activities focused on the primary/elementary years. Together with partners at each of the sites, our collaborative design process will jointly explore different dimensions of play, making, and engineering in classrooms. Taking an asset-based approach, our co-designs will work to amplify local funds of knowledge and repertoires of practice in classroom practice. The network of researchers and local educational partners provides opportunities to explore collaborations at a distance and models of research partnership that can expand our understandings of how play, making, and engineering enrich classroom learning.

The postdoctoral scholar will be a key member of the team with significant research responsibilities as well as project management and mentoring duties. The scholar will be helping to develop resources, be responsible for collecting and studying data, be participating in analysis and discussion of data, and be taking lead and supportive roles in the production of publications and dissemination materials as well as development of proposals to extend research. Travel to the partner countries is anticipated when restrictions are lifted. The position will be mentored by Dr. Brian Gravel from the Department of Education and by Dr. Merredith Portsmore at Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach.

The position requires a PhD and experience in qualitative research. Applications are encouraged from those with backgrounds in K-12 STEM education, particularly in the primary/elementary years (ages 5-12). Experience in the focal countries (Rwanda, Brazil, Kenya) or supportive language skills for working in those countries is highly desired. Any expertise in studying responsive teaching or teacher noticing, design or facilitation of teacher professional development, learning through play-based approaches, engineering education or makerspace work, should be highlighted on the letter of application.

Please submit a letter of application, including descriptions of your background and research interests, a CV, and the names of three references to Questions about the position or application process can be directed to CEEO Director, Merredith Portsmore (

We work to hire a diverse team at Tufts CEEO and are actively seeking applicants who are under-represented in higher education. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or other characteristics. 

Tufts CEEO is also a certified green office and functions in an environmentally friendly manner in accordance with green office policy and procedures. 

March 30, 2021 at 4:25 pm Leave a comment

ES93 Haunted House

IMG_1159This year CEEO hosted another spooky haunted house filled with robots from Research Assistant Professor Ethan Danahy’s ES93 Simple Robotics Course that was co-taught by Aaron Johnson, Postdoctoral Research Associate. This course allows freshman to explore multiple disciplines of engineering before choosing their major and the one taught by professor Danahy uses LEGO Robotics EV3 kits which allows students to explore graphical programming, building, hands on learning, teamwork, and so much more.

Continue Reading December 22, 2015 at 1:55 pm Leave a comment

Girls Design and Engineering Week

Untitled7The Girls Design and Engineering Week workshop focuses on engaging girls in engineering through hands on activities emphasizing robotics, building, and making. This past summer, two workshops were held at the CEEO. The first week was comprised of a group of returning attendees that began with seed funding as a gift from Verizon in the summer of 2012.

Continue Reading September 2, 2015 at 10:10 am Leave a comment

“Engineering, Earthquakes, and More!” Civil Engineering Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring (SHM)

1How can you tell if a structure has been damaged by strong winds, heavy loads, an unexpected storm, or even an earthquake? Sometimes you can see the damage visually, but more often than not, the damage goes far beyond what the eye can see. A growing field in Civil Engineering is Structural Health Monitoring; the study of analyzing data (from sensors) in order to detect damage in a structure.

Continue Reading August 28, 2015 at 10:32 am 1 comment

RoboHacking Internship Program, Summer 2015

MappieBotFrom July 6th to July 31st six high school students participated in the Robo-Hacking Internship at Tufts CEEO. The goal of the internship was to expose students to a variety of technologies, encouraging exploration through hands on projects with a robotics focus.


Continue Reading August 25, 2015 at 4:06 pm Leave a comment

The SMART Lab project in Indonesia

1The CEEO has been supporting makerspaces in our own backyard and across the globe. For the past two years, the CEEO has been collaborating with the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) to support Sampoerna University’s School of Education in creating makerspaces and fostering maker culture in Indonesia.


Continue Reading July 2, 2015 at 4:41 pm Leave a comment

CEEO Alum Co-Authors New Book on Early STEM Education

kwbookKristen Wendell, CEEO alumna and Assistant Professor of Education at UMASS Boston, recently co-authored the book Engaging Young Engineers: Teaching Problem-Solving Skills through STEM. Focused on early childhood (birth to age 5), the book offers theoretical and practical resources for parents and educators…

Continue Reading July 1, 2015 at 2:28 pm Leave a comment

Online Classes in Engineering Education for Teachers

Screen Shot 2015-07-01 at 2.16.45 PMThe CEEO is excited to announce a new way to share our approach to K-12 engineering education. This month we’ve launched a new graduate-level program for teachers that helps to prepare them to engage in innovative, hands-on, design projects in their classroom. The Online K-12 Engineering Education program (OKEE) consists of four courses that are offered 100% online and asynchronously.


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