Post-Doctoral Fellow in Learning Sciences

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Post-Doctoral Fellow in Learning Sciences


Social Science & Policy Studies - NFR JM

Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI

Dr. Erin Ottmar and the MAPLE Lab at WPI seeks to hire a postdoctoral fellow (full time, 12 months) in the Learning Sciences, Technology, and Psychology programs in Social Sciences and Policy Studies Department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The candidate would join a collegial and strong interdisciplinary team and conduct research using several large data sets from 2 recently completed IES funded efficacy studies examining the impact of math technology on learning across a school year. There are a lot of opportunities
to examine the intersections of algebra problem solving, feedback, math cognition, student errors and strategy use by conducting log-level analyses of student interactions and problem solving strategies within the Graspable Math technology.

The postdoc will be expected to participate fully with all research activities in the lab including: analyzing quantitative and quantitative survey data, log data, and student assessment data, mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, and writing manuscripts for publication. The postdoc will also have opportunities to continue to develop their own independent research in related areas.


The candidate should have a PhD in psychology, education, data analytics, statistics, learning sciences, or another related area. They should have strong quantitative research and writing skills and an appreciation for applying theories, perspectives, and methodologies from several areas including education sciences, learning sciences, computer science, math education, and/or cognitive science.

This position is full time and comes with benefits. The start date is flexible but can begin as soon as June 1, 2021. Due to COVID, the position will begin remotely. Ideally, this position would begin to work on campus in the fall, but remote work is also negotiable.

Review of materials will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Candidates should submit:
1. Curriculum Vitae
2. Contact information for 3 references
3. 2 Samples of published work
4. Research statement describing your training and research interests, including why your
background and interests are a match for this position

Please send any questions and inquiries, 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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Job No:
Posted: 4/7/2021
Application Due: 4/7/2033
Work Type: Full Time