Postdoctoral Associate, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society

Massachusetts, United States
Sep 10, 2020
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Nov 10, 2020
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Full Time

Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATEInstitute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS), to teach and develop content for one or more existing online courses, sustaining the course(s) across the semester. Responsibilities include learning/developing expertise in the latest in education research and cognitive science as it relates to the digital learning environment; keeping abreast of advances in digital learning tools for engineering and mathematics; developing innovative online courses (MOOCs) and digital learning tools that enhance student learning by blending online and face-to-face learning; assisting faculty with building MOOCs on the edX platform, developing residential classes/modules on MITx, recording and producing faculty videos, and contributing original education content; coordinating and supervising/moderating active MOOCs; evaluating the effectiveness of online courses and pedagogical approaches by performing quality control reviews; meeting with Office of Digital Learning staff and learning scientists to incorporate and advance education research through their work within the department; identifying and promoting best practices for online course development, helping strengthen offerings, and researching and developing innovative course content and tools; and other duties as assigned. 

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: Ph.D. (expected or obtained) in statistics, computer science, data science, economics, mathematics, or related discipline; domain-specific knowledge of the course material to be taught--probability, statistics, data analysis, and machine learning; experience with residential or online teaching; familiarity with digital learning technology, including edX/MITx platforms; strong time-management and oral and written communication skills; experience in a project setting with firm deadlines; ability to interact with learners of diverse backgrounds and build a supportive community through online discussions; expertise in probability theory, statistics theory, practical issues in statistics, R programming or probability theory, machine learning, and Python programming. Job #18209

In addition to applying online via the MIT website with a cover letter and CV, please submit the following documents in pdf format to  two additional letters of support, at least one of which should be external to MIT; one page teaching statement on your teaching philosophy and experience with digital learning; and an optional short, 5-10 minute video of a teaching segment on a topic in the fundamentals of machine learning or statistics. 

This is a one-year appointment beginning no later than September 1, 2020, with the possibility of renewal for a second year based upon satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

MIT considers equivalent combinations of experience and education for certain jobs. All candidates who believe they possess equivalent experience and education are encouraged to apply.