Post-Doctoral Fellow

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Post-Doctoral Fellow


Social Science & Policy Studies

Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI

The position is funded for 2 years.

The candidate will perform basic and applied research in the analysis of processing of educational data that is produced as students engage with dynamic math tools. The postdoc would join an interdisciplinary team to work on a large 3-year IES 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 the Graspable Math technology.

The candidate will develop data models to produce algorithms that identify student behaviors and mathematical strategies that could also predict learning and engagement. Successful candidates will have expertise in the use of complex data analytic techniques that leverage rich data to understand phenomena related to learning, engagement, and performance. Preference will be given for candidates that have conducted scholarly work involving empirical and theoretical studies of the cognitive and affective processes and mechanisms that underlie technology-enhanced learning.

The candidate should have a Ph.D. in Computer Science, Learning Sciences, Data Science, or closely related field. A proven publication track record and relevant research experience in machine learning, educational data mining, learning analytics, classification algorithms, behavior detectors, or artificial intelligence is required. Candidates must also be able to communicate effectively (both verbally and written) and learn from and collaborate with researchers from a variety of interdisciplinary areas (math education, cognitive psychology, statistics)
The start date is flexible but can begin anytime from March-August 2019. The position is full time (12 months) for up to 2 years. Salary and benefits are competitive.
Review of materials will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Candidates should submit

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research statement describing your training and research interests, including why your
    background and interests are a match for this position
  • Contact information for 3 references
  • 2 Samples of written work

    Please send application materials or questions about the position to Dr. Erin Ottmar at
    [email protected].

    United States of America (Exempt)

    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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    About WPI
    WPI is a vibrant, active, and diverse community of extraordinary students, world-renowned faculty, and state of the art research facilities. At WPI, we have competitive and comprehensive benefits, including health insurance, long-term care, retirement, tuition assistance, flexible spending accounts, work-life balance and much more.

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    Posted: 2/25/2019
    Application Due: 5/7/2019
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