Postdoctoral Position in Research to Practice Learning Technologies and Infrastructure

Cambridge, Massachusetts (US)
14 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
31 Mar 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Postdoctoral Position in Research to Practice Learning Technologies and Infrastructure
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Position Description

The Harvard University Graduate School of Education seeks to fill a postdoctoral fellowship on research to practice learning technologies and infrastructure. The postdoctoral fellowship is part of a new partnership between the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to ensure that every child reads well enough to successfully learn beyond third grade. The focus of this postdoctoral fellowship is helping to develop and document both the products and the process needed to make significant progress on the crisis in early literacy through a rigorous scientific approach combined with a commitment to design for scale from the beginning.

The postdoctoral fellow appointed will receive mentorship and training in a number of areas. Orientation will include an overview of all related research being conducted by the team of researchers leading the project. Career counseling will be provided, as will guidance on the preparation of manuscripts, conference presentations, and grant proposals. The principal investigators will help the postdoctoral fellow to develop a professional network valuable for attaining a position once the fellowship has concluded.

Basic Qualifications

Candidates must have an earned doctoral degree in an appropriate discipline (for example, but not limited to: Learning Science, Computer Science, or Cognitive Science) prior to starting the appointment.

Essential attributes for this position include: knowledge of learning design and experience in the design of technology-enhanced learning for children and/or adults.

Additional Qualifications

Successful applicants will have a demonstrated ability to translate ambitious goals into concrete products (including technology-based products) and iterative research design. The responsibilities of the position include shepherding the overall product vision and translating academic design briefs into technical specifications and systems that unite workstreams. The postdoctoral fellow will also document internal processes and infrastructure as part of an effort to catalyze learning, both internally and externally, about productive partnerships between research and practice. The postdoctoral fellow will work collaboratively with a multi-university team of faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students.

Desirable attributes for this position include: strong understanding of the software development life cycle; excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, including the ability to bridge functional and technical resources by communicating effectively with individuals of varying systems expertise and business needs; background in early literacy; demonstrated experience brokering knowledge in the field of education to support improved practice and policies; comfort with a start-up environment.

Special Instructions

The appointment will begin as soon as possible (no later than June 2018) and run for one year, with a second year possible contingent on performance.

Application review will begin on March 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

Contact Information

For more information about the postdoctoral position, please contact Dr. Elizabeth City, Elizabeth_city@gse.harvard.edu

Contact Email Elizabeth_city@gse.harvard.edu

Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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  2. Will you hold a doctoral degree by the date indicated in the job advertisement?
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Applicant Documents Required Documents

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter

Optional Documents