Post Doctoral Fellow in Learning Sciences

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Post Doctoral Fellow in Learning Sciences

Worcester Polytechnic Institute


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The Educational Psychology and Mathematics Learning Lab at WPI seeks to hire a postdoctoral fellow under the direction of Dr. Erin Ottmar in the Learning Sciences, Technology, and Psychology programs in the Social Sciences and Policy Studies Department.

The postdoc would join an interdisciplinary team to work on a large 3-year federally funded efficacy project examining the intersections of algebra problem solving, math cognition, student errors and strategy use, feedback, dynamic technology, and games in learning. This student-level randomized controlled trial will provide a lot of opportunities to examine student engagement and achievement outcomes as well as log-level data analysis of student interactions with technology.

  • The postdoc will be expected to participate fully with all research activities including: designing instructional and assessment materials, conducting pilot studies with students and teachers in mathematics classrooms, collaborating with faculty at other institutions, analyzing quantitative data, mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, and writing manuscripts for publication. The postdoc will also have opportunities to continue their own independent research in related areas.

  • The candidate should have a PhD or EdD in psychology, education, learning sciences, computer science (or a related field) and have substantive knowledge and background in education sciences, learning, math education, quantitative methods, and/or developmental/ educational/ cognitive science. Given the interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of this project, applicants should have an interest in learning about and applying theories, perspectives, and methodologies from other areas. The candidate should also have strong quantitative research and writing skills, have strong communication skills, and be highly organized.

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    WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving and change making.

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    Job No:
    Posted: 5/15/2018
    Application Due: 6/8/2018
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