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Postdoc using generative AI to teach academic writing (0,8 - 1,0 fte)

Are you inspired by the possibilities and risks of using (generative) AI in higher education? Are you eager to work on AI-proof assessment? Join us in this two-year postdoc project!

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The Tu/e has a vacancy for a Postdoc "using generative AI to teach academic writing".

Position (Post-doctoral) Researcher

Department(s): Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences

FTE: 0,8 - 1,0

Date off : 24/12/2023

Reference number  V39.6271

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Generative AI systems such as ChatGPT pose an unprecedented challenge to established structures and institutions in many different domains, including higher education. Given the novelty and untested role of generative AI in higher education, its impact has yet to be systematically explored and evaluated. For this reason, this postdoc project aims to examine the possible use and impact of generative AI systems in higher education, with a particular focus on academic writing. The findings will be directly integrated into the constructive alignment triangle of several courses at the university, thereby promoting the articulation of “future-oriented” learning objectives and “AI-proof” assessment methods for academic writing.

The project

In this two-year postdoc project, you will examine the use of generative AI for teaching academic writing in engineering education. This project consists of several work packages. First, you will be mapping the state-of-the-art of current approaches to implementing generative AI in teaching and assessment of writing in higher education. Second, together with educational support and teachers, you will design (summative and formative) assessment methods, incorporating the use of (generative) AI. This may include assessing both product and process, focusing on optimizing human-AI collaboration, assessing critical reflection on AI-generated content, etc. Finally, these methods will be tested on their ability to assess future-oriented learning objectives, taking into account both individual and task differences.

You will be embedded in the Human-Technology Interaction group and the Philosophy and Ethics group of the department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences, and collaborate with a larger group of educational stakeholders, including teachers, course designers, and policy makers. An important aspect of this project is the focus on societal impact: you will directly implement and test your ideas within engineering courses at the TU/e and discuss the broader implications and recommendations with relevant educational stakeholders.

Job requirements

Conditions of employment

A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an interdisciplinary setting and within an international network. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central train station. In addition, we offer you:

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About us

Eindhoven University of Technology is an internationally top-ranking university in the Netherlands that combines scientific curiosity with a hands-on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a top-five position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow. 


Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more?
Please contact dr. Rianne Conijn, m.a.conijn[at] or dr. Carlos Zednik, c.a.zednik[at]

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We look forward to receiving your application and will screen it as soon as possible. The vacancy will remain open until the position is filled. The proposed start date is January 1st, 2024.

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