Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Marsico Institute

Job description

The Marsico Postdoctoral Research Fellowship is an opportunity to participate in multiple research projects involving applied scientific research in education, including research-and-development projects (i.e. mathematics assessment and discourse, the investigation of the validity of research-based learning trajectories) and analyses of data from large-scale investigations of the effectiveness of mathematics interventions using randomized trials and other methodologies.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will collaborate with the Kennedy endowed chairs, Directors, and research staff of the Marsico Institute, participating in different phases of various projects, including study design, data collection, data analysis, and publication of results. There will also be opportunities to conduct professional development, train in assessments, develop tools for teachers and other research teams, co-teach university courses and collaborate with other researchers and other postdoctoral fellows throughout the University of Denver. In addition, the Fellow will have the opportunity to attend national meetings and workshops individualized to extend their knowledge of research.

Position Summary

The University of Denver Morgridge College of Education ( invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship with Dr. Douglas Clements ( Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning and Professor, Kennedy Institute for Educational Success, and Co-Executive Director, Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Dr. Julie Sarama (, Kennedy Endowed Chair in Innovative Learning Technologies and Professor, Kennedy Institute for Educational Success and Co-Executive Director, Marsico Institute for Early Learning. MCEs mission and vision are aligned with the larger University, with our goals to train global leaders who employ innovative and effective approaches to advance learning, development, health and wellness throughout the lifespan, and who promote educational and social equity. Our college emphasizes the highest standards of ethics, professionalism, multicultural sensitivity, and competence.

Essential Functions

  • The Fellow will be encouraged to develop their own research agenda, within the scope of these projects (, as well as their own proposals for external funding.
  • While not required, preference will be given to applicants with focus or content knowledge in the learning and teaching of early mathematics.
  • The fellow will have an opportunity to engage in the following:
    • Take a leadership role in a large funded project.
    • Use state-of-the-art research methodologies.
    • Study and develop resources for in-depth learning and teaching.
    • Conduct research and development projects on teaching, learning, assessment, and/or professional development.
    • Study psychology and pedagogical characteristics of learning trajectories.
    • Collaborate with professors from varied disciplines.
    • Apply sophisticated multi-method research techniques to address problems of practice.

Required Qualifications

  • Earned doctorate or advanced degree in the fields of mathematics education; early childhood education; developmental psychology; special education; learning sciences; research design, evaluation, and statistics; or other related fields.

Work Schedule

  • Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Evenings and weekends as required.
  • Travel as required.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) Wednesday, May 1, 2019.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Research Statement

NOTE: The online system is limited to uploading 10 files. Please combine content if necessary to get all content uploaded.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.




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Job No: 492309
Posted: 4/1/2019
Application Due: 5/31/2019
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable