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CMU-Africa is steadily expanding, with plans to grow to 400 students in the next couple of years. Our size and inspirational mission create a sense of camaraderie and excitement within our community. To support this growth and delivery of our mission, CMU-Africa invites applications for the following open positions:

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Staff positions

UX Designer - EdTech Project

CMU-Africa seeks a passionate and experienced UX designer to join the Learning science training and research with Tech Hubs (EdTech). The EdTech Project, in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, aims to enhance educational technology products for Africa by training EdTech entrepreneurs and their staff in learning sciences and learning experience design. The UX designer will be responsible for designing the project website and integrating it with associated online courseware refined for the African educational context. Additionally, this person will support the EdTech Hubs and Entrepreneur Fellows with product design reviews and usability consulting to ensure high-quality learner experiences and meaningful outcomes are achieved. This role will report to the CMU-Africa project manager.

If you are an experienced UX designer with a strong commitment to enhancing educational technology across Africa, we encourage you to use this link to send your application by February 29, 2024. Applications should include a cover letter with your motivation for applying, and a comprehensive resume/CV. Applications will be reviewed on rolling basis.

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Feeding Interventions

CMU-Africa invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher to work on human-centered design of mobile applications to support feeding specialists and parents of children with autism. This is a 2-year position which involves conducting a systematic review on the types of feeding interventions that have been offered in the African context. A series of online surveys and interviews and online and in-person focus groups with parents, child nutritionists, community health workers, pediatricians, and speech and occupational therapists will then be conducted to formulate various concepts on how effective therapies can be packaged in mobile apps. The postdoctoral researcher will work with MSc students to prototype and evaluate these concepts through laboratory studies and limited field trials. The results will be disseminated through academic publications and online webinars.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in human-computer interactions or computer science and related fields, with demonstrable experience in human-centered design of mobile applications. Experience with qualitative research is a bonus. Success in this role will require collaboration with multiple stakeholder groups who have varying levels of digital literacy and access to digital devices and connectivity. The role will therefore suit those who are comfortable working in team settings and who enjoy exploring multiple perspectives.

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow - EdTech Project

CMU-Africa seeks a postdoctoral researcher to join the EdTech Hub Training (EdTech) Project. The EdTech Project is a partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, aims to enhance educational technology products for Africa by training EdTech entrepreneurs and their staff in learning sciences and learning experience design. The Postdoctoral researcher will be responsible for novel research on applied learning science in EdTech on the African continent focusing on evidence-based research from the data from 12 Tech Hubs. Additionally, this person will support the EdTech Hubs and Entrepreneur Fellows in the co-creation of knowledge and dissemination through scientific publications as well as popular science. This role will report to the EdTech Project Principal Investigator in CMU-Pittsburgh and the Director of CMU-Africa.

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Faculty positions

Carnegie Mellon University invites applications for teaching track and research track faculty positions at all levels (i.e., Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor) at its location in Kigali, Rwanda.

CMU-Africa seeks highly qualified candidates with a Ph.D. from leading research universities and a passion for the digital transformation of Africa, to contribute to CMU-Africa’s innovative, interdisciplinary graduate teaching and research. Core research faculty will form an interdisciplinary team creating knowledge and innovations of relevance to the acceleration of inclusive digital transformation of Africa. They will also provide the intellectual leadership for some knowledge transfer activities such as workshops and meetings in relevant topic areas.

We welcome applicants with interests in the development and application of information and communications technology to address societal challenges in an African setting. Areas of particular interest include artificial intelligence and machine learning, cybersecurity and privacy, software engineering and development, robotics, IoT, technology policy, and technology entrepreneurship with applications to health, finance, agriculture, energy, and education.

We are seeking both teaching-track and research-track faculty. While these are not tenure-track lines, research and teaching faculty tracks are well-established professional tracks at CMU with renewable, multi-year contracts that go through the same review and promotion process (with different criteria) as tenure-track faculty. Teaching and research faculty are integrated into all CMU-Africa activities, take on leadership positions, and receive significant support to achieve scholarly excellence. They are expected to actively collaborate with other faculty at CMU-Africa, the Pittsburgh campus, and partner African universities in their scholarly activities. The teaching and research track presents long-term career growth opportunities along well-established promotion lines to advance through Assistant, Associate, and full Teaching/Research Professor levels. Both tracks are encouraged to engage in teaching and research. They differ in their focus.
Teaching-track faculty are responsible for developing and teaching courses in chosen areas (e.g., AIML, Cybersecurity and Privacy, EdTech, Technology and Policy, Technology Entrepreneurship) and sectors (Health, Education, Agriculture, and Finance). They will spend significant time developing and teaching modules of relevance to inclusive digital transformation. Teaching-track faculty members have opportunities to conduct research or engage in other activities that advance them professionally, provided those activities are consistent with the department’s overall educational mission.

Research-track faculty responsibilities include creating, developing, carrying out, and managing innovative research programs, particularly in areas of importance to Africa. CMU-Africa research-track positions are fully funded for three years providing a convenient ramp for the research faculty to establish a strong research program and pursue external research funding opportunities. Research-track faculty members supervise graduate students and postdocs (often in collaboration with other CMU faculty, including faculty on the Pittsburgh campus) and frequently engage in teaching courses that help them attract students to join their research efforts.

CMU-Africa faculty in both tracks are expected to work closely with colleagues on the main campus and visit the main campus for both short-term and longer-term (e.g., a semester or a year) to establish and grow collaborative efforts in both teaching and research. Similarly, faculty members on the main campus will have opportunities to come to Kigali to teach and carry out joint research with CMU-Africa faculty.

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