CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow, Engineering Educational Designer and Strategist

The New York University (NYU) Division of Libraries, in collaboration with the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering, is offering a two-year CLIR postdoctoral fellowship for a scholar working at the crossroads between engineering education and librarianship. The successful candidate should have a strong academic background in education, engineering or the sciences, instructional design, or a related field and a passion for innovative educational methods.

In this position the Fellow will work closely with the faculty of the Bern Dibner Library as well as of the Tandon School of Engineering on a new co-curricular program that focuses on the improvement of engineering students’ professional skills. The Fellow will play an integral role in the development, implementation, and assessment of the program.  Over the course of the fellowship the successful applicant will work to build the necessary infrastructure to transform the program from a pilot project to a sustainable, permanent program. Additionally, the Fellow will conduct original research in engineering education with the support of the Libraries and the Tandon School of Engineering.

Opportunities to lead, engage, or collaborate in workshops, seminars, presentations, grant proposals, and publications will be strongly encouraged and supported. The Fellow will be expected to spend approximately 20% of their time on ongoing research. The Fellow will also participate in the activities sponsored by CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship program and will be eligible to participate in the professional engagement and scholarly community building activities sponsored by the NYU Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program as well as similar activities sponsored by NYU’s Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

Roles & Responsibilities

Reporting to the Head of Science and Engineering at NYU Libraries, the Fellow will:

  • Develop lesson plans for professional skill instruction aimed at engineering undergraduate and graduate students.
    • Extend lesson for multiple instructional methods such as flipped classrooms and experiential learning.
  • Develop training programs for program instructors.
  • Work with faculty to develop instruction scaffolding models to best implement the program throughout a student’s matriculation.
  • Develop assessment and measures to grade the effectiveness of the program.
    • Determine the best ways to measure the program’s effectiveness at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
    • Conduct research into identifying what professional skills are most needed in the professional and academic engineering community.
  • Conduct original research in engineering education or related field.
  • Engage with NYU campus, regional, and national communities with an interest in projects or materials within the scope of this fellowship.



  • Ph.D. in Engineering, Education, Information Science, or related field within the last five years or before beginning the fellowship.
  • Training in instruction and/or instructional design.
  • Ability to work collaboratively.
  • Experience with outreach to both student communities and faculty communities.


  • Experience with experimental design in a lab or classroom setting.
  • Knowledge of project management.

Appointments are for two years, beginning in September 2019. Fellows will be appointed as “Assistant Curator/Faculty Fellow” and receive salary; an annual housing allowance; and professional development support. The University also provides a benefits package, including medical and dental coverage. 

About NYU and NYU Libraries

At the Division of Libraries, we are proud of our organizational culture and we are committed to building and sustaining a diverse, inclusive, and equitable organization that supports a sense of belonging for the staff and communities we serve. For more about our values, see

NYU is the nation’s largest private university, with more than 40,000 students attending 18 schools and colleges. Students come from every state in the union and from 133 foreign countries. The faculty totals over 3,100 full-time members whose research and teaching encompass nearly all fields of human endeavor. NYU has established itself as the first global network university, with a comprehensive liberal arts campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai – the first to be operated abroad by a major U.S. research university – and other sites for study and research in Accra, Ghana; Berlin, Germany; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Florence, Italy; London, England; Madrid, Spain; Paris, France; Prague, the Czech Republic; Shanghai, China; and Tel Aviv, Israel, among other locations.

Libraries at New York University serve the school’s students and faculty and contain more than 5 million volumes. The Libraries supports NYU’s vision to become the first true Global Network University by collaborating and providing services to our 11 global academic centers and “portal campuses” in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai.   New York University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the OCLC Research Library Partnership, and the HathiTrust. The Libraries participates in a variety of consortia and collaborates closely with Columbia University Libraries and the New York Public Library through the Manhattan Research Library Consortium.