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LRDC Employment Opportunities

NewPost-doctoral Appointments in Technology and Learning

The University of Pittsburgh seeks exceptional candidates for 2-year post-doctoral appointments jointly in the Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC) and the University Center for Teaching and Learning. The appointments combine LRDC’s mission in learning research and development with the Teaching Center’s mission in support of the University’s teaching, including through the use of technology.

The persons filling these positions will work with LRDC faculty and Teaching Center staff on cutting-edge research on college student learning in both technology-enhanced and traditional classrooms, as well as on-line instruction. A wide range of projects is possible:  instructional design and innovation, learning analytics, educational data mining, automatic essay scoring, educational gaming, the social context of web-based learning are examples among many possibilities.

The University Center for Teaching and Learning (http://www.teaching.pitt.edu) provides support for  teaching, educational technology, and assessment. It seeks innovative ways to improve instruction and assists efforts of instructors to infuse technology into their classroom teaching. It also manages large amounts of data from its online and blended courses, MOOCs, learning management system, and teaching observations. In collaboration with LRDC and other University units, the Center seeks to apply learning science research to improvements in instruction.   

LRDC (http://www.lrdc.pitt.edu) is an international leader in interdisciplinary research and development in learning and education. It draws faculty from psychology, education, and computing and information sciences to study learning in its cognitive, neural, social, and organizational aspects. LRDC has expanding research on college student learning.

 Candidates should have expertise related to learning and education and experience in the use of technology in education. Backgrounds in instructional design, cognitive psychology, discipline-based science education research, data mining, educational technology, and AI, among others, are appropriate. Submit cover letter, CV, and letters of recommendation to Margaret Gibson at mgibson@pitt.edu. Applications received by April 30, 2017 are assured of being reviewed.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.  Women and members of under-represented minority groups are especially encouraged to apply.

To view all University of Pittsburgh employment opportunities, please visit the University's Office of Human Resources PittSource website. The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty.


Employment Opportunities at Other Universities

NewThe Cognitive and Data Sciences lab in the Mathematics and Computer Science department at Rutgers University - Newark has multiple openings for postdoctoral researchers. Specific experience with modern computational modeling methods including MCMC, gaussian processes, variational inference, and/or deep learning would be a positive. However, applications from individuals with other areas of expertise are also strongly encouraged.  Email Dr. Patrick Shafto as soon as possible with a CV (including contact information for references), unofficial transcript, and short cover letter explaining why you are interested in and well-suited for the position: patrick.shafto@gmail.com  Expected start date would be summer 2017 or sooner. (3/27)

NewLearning and Cognition Lab and the Institute for the Science of Teaching and Learning at Arizona State University, is seeking a Post-Doctoral Scholar
The Learning and Cognition Lab, under the direction of Dr. Michelene T.H. Chi at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers’ College and the Institute for the Science of Teaching and Learning at Arizona State University, is seeking a Post-Doctoral Scholar, beginning in Fall 2017, for Phase Two of an IES-funded project. In this project, we are translating the ICAP theory of cognitive engagement into teacher practice. Interested candidates should submit applications to Ryan Michels at Ryan.Michels@asu.edu no later than April 15, 2017, if possible. Please include the following: curriculum vitae, email contact information for three references, and a statement of research interests. The appointment, which includes health benefits, is renewable for two-three years, to be evaluated and renewed annually contingent on performance and funding. The ICAP theory is described in these links:  http://chilab.asu.edu/papers/ChiWylie2014ICAP.pdf http://www.public.asu.edu/~mtchi/papers/Chi2008ActiveConstInteractive.pdf
Questions can be directed to Michelene.Chi@asu.edu (3/27)

NewPostdoctoral Research Fellowship in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology
The Motivation, Metacognition, and Learning (MML) Laboratory at Boston College, under the direction of Dr. David Miele, invites applications for a postdoctoral research fellowship in applied developmental and educational psychology, with a focus on student motivation and self-regulated learning. The position involves work on several research projects investigating the influence of students’ beliefs and motivation on their use of cognitive strategies in laboratory and classroom settings, as well as the influence of teachers’ motivation on their support of students’ strategy use. To apply for this position, please visit https://bc.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?id=839 and submit: (1) a cover letter that highlights your qualifications for the position, (2) your Curriculum Vitae, (3) up to three representative publications, and (4) three letters of recommendation. There is no submission deadline. Review of applications will occur on a rolling basis, until the position is filled. Please direct all inquiries to Dr. David Miele, at d.miele@bc.edu. You can view Dr. Miele's home page at: http://www.bc.edu/schools/lsoe/facultystaff/faculty/miele.html. (3/27)

Call for Fellows
The Heinz Fellows Program at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Urban Education offers an extraordinary, year-long opportunity for forward-thinking, social justice-oriented individuals who are interested in the future of education. Fellows will work in collaboration with each other to support students while building the knowledge and skills to work in urban schools. Learn more at cue.pitt.edu/heinz. Questions? Contact cue@pitt.edu (3/20)

Postdoctoral Position in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, Peabody College
Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the Numerical Brain Lab at Peabody College, Vanderbilt. The position is funded for 3 years. The successful candidate will work with Dr. Gavin Price and a research team on a new longitudinal research project, using fMRI to investigate the development of symbolic number processing brain mechanisms from kindergarten through 2nd grade. The successful candidate will play a lead role in the project, with responsibilities including participant recruitment, experimental design, data collection and analysis, and preparation of manuscripts for publication. Start date is July 1 2017, but may be negotiable. Ideal candidates will have a PhD in psychology or neuroscience/cognitive neuroscience and experience with fMRI data collection and analysis. Existing expertise in the field of numerical/mathematical cognition is an advantage. Special consideration will be given to candidates with experience conducting fMRI research with young children. Contact Gavin Price at gavin.price@vanderbilt.edu for additional details or inquiries. (3/20)

Postdoctoral Research Opportunity in Cognition and Learning, Purdue University
The Cognition and Learning Laboratory at Purdue University, under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey D. Karpicke, invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow position beginning in Summer or Fall 2017. Fellows will contribute to research projects examining cognitive strategies that promote learning in children and adults in both laboratory and classroom settings. Information about the Cognition and Learning Laboratory can be found on their website: learninglab.psych.purdue.edu. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology/cognitive science, learning sciences, educational psychology, educational technology, or a related field. More information here. (3/20)

Game Design Faculty Associate, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Department of Curriculum & Instruction is home to classes related to the design and study of games and other learning environments. The proposed Game Design Certificate is at the forefront of an emerging model for teaching undergraduates to design, develop, and think critically about games, learning, and social/societal context. We are seeking a faculty associate to teach about games and game design in the program and to work with the program director to support these undergraduate students. More information here. (3/20)

NSF-funded Postdoctoral Position
Applications are invited for an NSF-funded postdoctoral position coordinating a multi-year research project in the Georgetown Laboratory for Relational Cognition, directed by Adam Green. This project will be conducted in collaboration with laboratories at Dartmouth, James Madison, and Northwestern. The project will investigate cognitive and neural changes/plasticity associated with classroom learning of spatial STEM concepts and relational reasoning strategies in high school students, applying behavioral and advanced MRI measures. The primary responsibility of the postdoctoral scientist will be working with high school administrators, teachers, and students in the Washington, D.C. region of northern Virginia to coordinate and conduct testing, both in the high schools (behavioral) and at Georgetown (MRI). The postdoc will also directly oversee project-dedicated research assistants and graduate students who will support behavioral and MRI data collection. There will be ample opportunity to engage with advanced MRI data analysis.Applicants should hold a Ph.D. (or anticipate a Ph.D. by spring of 2017) in an area related to education and/or cognitive neuroscience, and will ideally begin work on this project in early fall or late summer of 2017. Favorable consideration will be given to applicants with experience or substantial interest in K-12 educational settings, advanced statistical data analysis, and human neuroimaging, and to those with a record of productivity and strong organizational and interpersonal skills. Any informal inquiries can be sent to Adam Green (aeg58@Georgetown.edu). Interested candidates should send a CV and a letter of application describing research interests and professional goals to Nhi Dinh (Nhi.Dinh@georgetown.edu), and should indicate three professional references who can readily provide letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin in April 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

Research Faculty Positions at the BCBL- Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language
(San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) www.bcbl.eu (Center of excellence Severo Ochoa)
The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) together with IKERBASQUE (Basque Foundation for Science) offer 3 permanent IKERBASQUE Research Professor positions in the following areas:
- Language acquisition
- Any area of Language processing and/or disorders with advanced experience in MRI
- Any area of Language processing and/or disorders with advanced experience in MEG
The BCBL Center (recently awarded the label of excellence Severo Ochoa) promotes a vibrant research environment without substantial teaching obligations. It provides access to the most advanced behavioral and neuroimaging techniques, including 3 Tesla MRI, a whole-head MEG system, four ERP labs, a NIRS lab, a baby lab including eyetracker, EEG and NIRS, two eyetracking labs, and several well-equipped behavioral labs.  There are excellent technical support staff and research personnel (PhD and postdoctoral students). The senior positions are permanent appointments. We are looking for cognitive neuroscientists or experimental psychologists with a background in psycholinguistics and/or neighboring cognitive neuroscience areas, and physicists and/or engineers with fMRI or MEG expertise. Individuals interested in undertaking research in the fields described in http://www.bcbl.eu/research/lines/ should apply through the BCBL web page (www.bcbl.eu/jobs). The successful candidate will be working within the research lines of the BCBL whose main aim is to develop high-risk/high gain projects at the frontiers of Cognitive Neuroscience. We expect high readiness to work with strong engagement and creativity in an interdisciplinary and international environment. Deadline June 30th

We encourage immediate applications as the selection process will be ongoing and the appointment may be made before the deadline.Only senior researchers with a strong record of research experience will be considered. Women candidates are especially welcome.To submit your application please follow this link: http://www.bcbl.eu/jobs applying for Ikerbasque Research Professor 2017 and upload:

  1. Your curriculum vitae.
  2. A cover letter/statement describing your research interests (4000 characters maximum)
  3. The names of two referees who would be willing to write letters of recommendation

Applicants should be fluent in English. Knowledge of Spanish and/or Basque will be considered useful but is not compulsory.For more information, please contact the Director of BCBL, Manuel Carreiras (m.carreiras@bcbl.eu). (3/20)

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Teachers as Learners
The James S. McDonnell Foundation announces a new funding opportunity in 2017 that will fund education research on the science of teaching and expand our understanding of teachers as learners and as agents of change in education. The goal of the Teachers as Learners program is to address contemporary challenges to research-based educational reform built on a scientific understanding of how teachers acquire and use knowledge, new curricula, and new approaches in their professional practice. The inaugural call for pre-proposals is focused on supporting team based research addressing the topic teachers learning to facilitate communication in the classroom (e.g., eliciting student explanations, guiding collaborative discussions, making effective use of questions).More information about the program and application guidelines can be found on the Teachers as Learners web page: https://www.jsmf.org/apply/teachers-as-learners  Teams interested in participating should submit a pre-proposal using the online application form by Wednesday, April 26, 2017 15:59 CDT. For more information contact JSMF at info@jsmf.org.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Early Mathematical Cognition and Mathematics Learning Difficulties (MLD)
Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota The Math and Numeracy Lab at the University of Minnesota, directed by Michele Mazzocco, seeks candidates for a postdoctoral position. The postdoctoral fellow will be involved in all aspects of an ongoing NSF-funded study focused on individual differences in young children's emerging number knowledge and the dynamic relations between linguistic, executive function, and mathematical thinking in children ages 4 to 7 years. This study is focused on children at risk for MLD, including children from high poverty environments and girls with Turner syndrome.  The postdoctoral fellow will be be involved in study design, implementation, data analytic and dissemination activities; he or she will supervise and participate in data collection and supervision of research assistants.  There is likely to be some domestic travel for data collection by the postdoctoral fellow and/or a full time project coordinator. To apply, please email a CV, a statement of postdoctoral interests and goals, reprints, and two letters of reference (sent directly from the referees) to Dr. Michèle Mazzocco, at Mazzocco@umn.edu

Tenure Track Positions in K-12 Educational Administration
Seton Hall University is hiring two tenure-track positions in K-12 educational administration. One position is designed for someone with expertise in quantitative research methods and education policy (details here), while the second position is designed for someone with expertise in curriculum and instruction or teacher evaluation—with qualitative skills preferred (details here).