Postdoctoral Scholar in Co-Design and STEM Learning

Job description

Postdoctoral Scholar in Co-Design and STEM Learning Application Window

Open date: May 10th, 2021

Last review date: Wednesday, Jun 16, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Jul 2, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The School of Education at the University of California, Irvine, invites applications for a postdoctoral scholar to support research on the co-design of playful learning environments in urban, city spaces. The postdoctoral scholar will assist in facilitating co-design sessions with local neighborhood partners (with primarily Latinx populations) to develop playful learning installations in everyday spaces (e.g. parks, bus stops, grocery stores, basketball courts etc.). In addition to building community partnerships and co-designing with families, the postdoctoral scholar will support research in designing, developing, and studying how families take up informal STEM learning in these environments.

The postdoctoral scholar will work directly with Dr. Andres Bustamante and Dr. June Ahn (Co-PIs) at UCI and remotely with Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek (Co-PI, Temple University).

Position Responsibilities will include: managing relations and communications with our community partners, supervising and mentoring a team of graduate student researchers; co-designing and implementing informal STEM learning installations, submitting and updating human subjects protocols, collecting and analyzing data, writing reports, articles, presentations and other public communications of the work; and preparing grant proposals.

Requirements: Candidates must possess a doctoral degree in Education, Human-centered Design, or a related field in hand by the start date; experience in design methodologies; diverse methodological expertise is welcome (from participatory, qualitative, and quantitative approaches). Interest or background in working with diverse and underserved communities, and familiarity with issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in education are welcomed. Spanish-speaking ability is highly sought as we will work directly in co-design partnerships in Latinx communities.

Initial appointment will be for a 12-month period and will be renewable subject to performance and availability of funding. Position will begin in the Summer 2021. This is a 1-year position (with possibility of renewal).

To Apply: Applications should be submitted online at

Please include a cover letter explaining your relevant background and interest in this project, CV, and names of three references (please do not solicit letters).


QualificationsBasic qualifications (required at time of application)

    Candidates must possess a doctoral degree in Education, Human-centered Design, or a related field in hand by the start date.

Application RequirementsDocument requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Job locationIrvine, CA




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Posted: 5/12/2021
Application Due: 7/2/2021
Work Type: Full Time