Postdoctoral Associate – Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communications

Postdoctoral Associate – Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communications

The MIT-SUTD Collaboration office is pleased to announce four postdoctoral associate (teaching) positions for non-tenured scholars focused on assisting students in writing, rhetoric, and professional communication. The MIT-SUTD Collaboration is founded upon a 10-year, groundbreaking agreement between the Singaporean government and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology designed to strengthen scientific and technological competitiveness and education through the creation of the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).

Reporting to the faculty Collaboration Director at MIT and in Singapore to the Head of the Writing and Communication Center at SUTD, this position will involve the teaching, development and support of student writing at the new Singapore University of Technology and Design. This one-year, temporary position, will be located in Singapore. The appointment begins January 1, 2015, with an annual salary of $54,000, a living allowance, roundtrip airfare, and a competitive benefits package.

These postdoctoral associates will assist the Head, Writing and Communication Center, SUTD in the following:  1) teach communications components as part of a wide-ranging interdisciplinary sequence of courses, from first-year humanities to senior capstone classes in engineering, architecture, and design; 2) work within the Writing Center team with other SUTD writing instructors to assist faculty in various disciplines to develop and implement assignments that help students learn fundamental principles of written and oral communication; 3) evaluate and respond to student writing and speaking in a variety of contexts, including individual conferences and small-group peer workshops;  4) develop teaching, assessment and resource materials for developing academic and language skills;  5) develop and implement extra-curricular activities that promote effective use of the English language.


  • Substantial experience teaching academic writing; familiarity with scientific and technical communication, and teaching non-native speakers of English in a university context, preferred. 
  • Ph.D. preferred, in English language studies, rhetoric, composition, or technical/professional writing, or equivalent experience in the teaching of academic writing.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with faculty, students, and administrative and support staff.
  • Experience with and a good understanding of cross-cultural working environments and a highly developed sense of intercultural appreciation preferred.
  • Experience with assignment design, oral communication instruction, or visual rhetoric preferred.

Applications should include a cover letter, transcripts, CV, and three letters of recommendation. Applications should be sent to:

Jonathan Griffith
Asst. Director, MIT-SUTD Collaboration
77 Massachusetts Avenue, 35-216
Cambridge, MA 02139

Or electronically to:

Deadline for applications is October 15, 2014.