Computational Engineer, Computing in Engineering Education

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Allston, MASSACHUSETTS


Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences


Job Summary

The position of Computational Engineer is designed to strengthen and enrich computational teaching and learning at SEAS in a broad set of areas. As part of the Computing in Engineering Education (CEE) team, you will work with SEAS faculty and teaching staff to develop and implement computational and simulation components in courses, train teaching fellows and students in various computational tools and software, and assist students with modeling and simulation in their design projects. We seek candidates who have a passion for teaching and advising students and student teams from diverse backgrounds and with various levels of knowledge of computation.

Position Description

  • Content development of simulation, modeling, and computational activities, including but not limited to class assignments, homework, tutorials, lectures, labs, and projects.
  • Teach engineering software tools, computational tools/techniques, and/or scientific programming to SEAS undergraduates.
  • As a member of the interdisciplinary team, work collaboratively with the Active Learning Labs (ALL) to reimagine and develop cutting-edge computational activities that bridge disciplines and hands-on supplement experiments.
  • Work collaboratively with other groups within Teaching and Learning, SEAS Computing, Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT), the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Research Computing (FASRC), and others to support and expand computation in the SEAS curriculum.
  • Manage, maintain, and collaborate on content for the CEE website.
  • Support the computational hardware and software needs of ALL and help provide technical support for the CEE Computer Lab.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Applied Math, or a related technical/scientific field is required. 
  • A minimum of two years of work experience in programming, engineering or science education, and/or data analysis. An advanced degree may count towards experience.
  • Programming skills with MATLAB, Python or a similar language. 
  • Engineering software tools, such as COMSOL or other FEA tools.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Advanced degree in a related field is a plus (but not required).
  • Experience working in an educational environment, teaching, and mentoring preferred. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects, strong organizational skills, creativity in problem-solving, and high self-motivation.
  • Strong interest in working on multidisciplinary coursework and projects. 
  • Demonstrated proficiency in scientific or general programming. Contributions to or development of open-source code or software is a plus.
  • Proficiency in CAD software like Solidworks, Rhino, or similar is desirable
  • Familiarity using engineering software tools such as Lumerical, COMSOL, or other FEA tools to solve various types of electromagnetic and electromechanical problems is a plus. 
  • Familiarity with Arduino (Arduino programming language and IDE) is a plus.
  • Familiarity or basic background in a subset of the following fields is ideal: computer science, data science, electrical engineering, and environmental engineering.
  • Familiarity with data science tools, such as data visualization, data cleaning and formatting, and various statistical modeling methods, is a plus.
  • Flexibility to be available outside a typical 9-5 work schedule on an occasional basis to meet the needs of faculty and students.

Physical Requirements

There are no significant physical requirements for this position.

Working Conditions

The work is performed in a lab environment.

Additional Information

  • Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to be considered for this position.
  • The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences does not provide visa sponsorship for staff positions.
  • This role will be based on campus at our new Science & Engineering Complex in Allston, MA. A hybrid work schedule may be explored during the interview process. All remote work must be performed in a state in which Harvard is registered to do business (CA, CT, MA, MD, ME, NH, NY, RI, and VT). 
  • Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including generous paid vacation, sick and personal days, 12.5 paid holidays, and paid winter recess between Christmas and New Years’ Day. $40 tuition per class at the Harvard Extension School, discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools, and much, much more. For more details, please visit
  • Harvard requires COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage:

SEAS Commitment to Diversity
SEAS is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment. Some of our core values include respect for all, serving the greater good, and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.

About SEAS
The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences serves as the connector and integrator of Harvard’s teaching and research efforts in engineering, applied sciences, and technology. Our core tenets are educating broad-minded students; interdisciplinary research; integration across disciplines; and balancing theory, experimentation and practice to create an unmatched environment for learning and exploration. Through collaboration with researchers from all parts of Harvard, other universities, and industry, we bring discovery and innovation directly to bear on improving human life and society. For more information about us, please visit


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