Job Opportunity
Information on System Dynamics related opportunities

Postdoctoral Associate 


Organizational Innovation Lab, University of Pittsburgh

Hosting Unit

Dean’s Office, Swanson School of Engineering


Dr. Gemma Jiang, Director of Organizational Innovation


Postdoctoral Associate for the Organizational Innovation Lab


Benedum Hall, Oakland Campus, University of Pittsburgh


3700 O’Hara Street, Pittsburgh, PA, United States, 15260

Job Duration
1-3 years
 Anticipated Start Date

Jan. 6, 2020

Overview The Organizational Innovation Lab (OI Lab) is pleased to announce two to three post-doctoral fellowships. The OI Lab, a radically interdisciplinary research center housed within the Dean’s Office at Swanson School of Engineering of University of Pittsburgh, is committed to transforming culture and practices of industrial-age organizations to better fit the needs of the knowledge era.  The guiding question for the Lab’s work is: how might we design, facilitate and model the emergence of learning communities, as opposed to the current silo-based organizational structures? The post-doc will contribute to the OI Lab’s mission by engaging in computational social science, action research and leadership capacity building. 
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Position Description and Qualifications

As part of the team, you will be responsible for conducting research and writing in-depth analysis, developing and producing research studies, documenting research outputs, and developing strategic reports for internal and external audiences. You will create presentations and support projects. You will work independently or in cross-functional teams to perform required tasks.

In particular, the OI Lab is seeking expertise in the following areas (applicants only need to be fluent in one of the three areas):

 Computational Social Science

  • In-depth conceptual understanding of complex adaptive social systems (familiarity with frameworks such as complexity leadership theory, Theory U)
  • Expertise in modeling methods for complex adaptive social systems, including but not limited to dynamic network modeling, agent-based modeling, dynamic systems modeling
  • Expertise in statistics, including but not limited to hierarchical linear modeling, structural equation modeling 

 Action Research 

  • In-depth conceptual understanding of complex adaptive social systems (familiarity with frameworks such as complexity leadership theory, Theory U)
  • Ability to design and facilitate the iterative feedback loops between theory and practice 
  • Expertise in qualitative research methods, such as ethnography, phenomenology, case study

 Leadership Capacity building

  • In-depth conceptual understanding of complex adaptive social systems (familiarity with frameworks such as complexity leadership theory, Theory U)
  • Expertise in nonlinear thinking methods, including but not limited to systems thinking, network thinking, design thinking
  • Experience applying nonlinear thinking methods in effecting change in practice 
  • Experience conducting workshops to diverse audiences
  • Basic quantitative and qualitative research expertise

Application Process


Applicants should submit:

  • a cover letter that at minimum includes a) the candidate’s conceptual and methodological expertise; b) the candidate’s experience of and philosophy on the knowledge creating process; c) the candidate’s experience of and philosophy on working collaboratively on large-scale, multi-discilinary research projects; d) the candidate’s career aspiration.
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a writing sample (of journal article or chapter length--no full dissertations);
  • two letters of recommendation
 More Information  

All application materials, including recommendation letters, should be submitted electronically to Dr. Gemma Jiang ([email protected]) by Nov. 1, 2019. Once the above-mentioned documents are received, applicants will be contacted for a virtual interview if selected. Applications received by Nov. 1, 2019 are assured full consideration; however, applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

University of Pittsburgh is an equal opportunity employer. Pitt is committed to postdoctoral professional development. Please refer to the Center for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Career Development for resources available for the professional development of postdoctoral trainees across all schools. 

 Edited by BB 10-24-19