[CogSci] three postdoctoral positions at ASU

Danielle McNamara dsmcnamara1 at gmail.com
Sat Apr 16 08:08:05 PDT 2022

The Department of Psychology at Arizona State University invites
applications for three Postdoctoral Research Scholar positions in the
Science of Learning and Educational Technologies (SoLET) Laboratory
directed by Danielle McNamara. The postdoctoral research scholars will be
working with collaborative teams on federally funded projects to design and
develop educational technologies designed to improve reading and writing,
explore factors influencing students’ performance in comprehension and
writing, and conduct large-scale data mining and experimental studies on
digital learning platforms. The candidates will be involved in studies with
elementary, high school, and college students, including teachers and
schools across multiple sites. Ideal candidates are interested in working
in an active, highly collaborative research lab, particularly one focusing
on learning sciences, learning engineering, and educational technologies.

There are three positions available with the following desired expertise
(or combinations thereof):

1.     Design: Several current projects involve the design, development,
and testing of educational technologies, games, and user interfaces. This
involves the development of new modules and games within existing tutoring
systems and the design of new systems and interfaces currently under
development. The ideal candidate will have experience with UX/UI design
including needs analysis, wireframing, prototyping, iterative design
research, and human factors, with strong interests and experience in
educational technologies.

2.     Educational Research: Several current projects involve conducting
experimental studies in educational settings, which requires expertise in
working with teachers and students, analyzing data, and interpreting
experimental findings. This candidate will focus on implementing and
testing educational technologies related to literacy in various educational
settings (e.g., classrooms, online). Ideal candidates will have interests
in literacy (e.g., reading, discourse comprehension, writing), experience
with educational technology implementation, educational research design,
usability and feasibility testing, and advanced quantitative analytic

3.     Large-Scale Research: Several current projects involve the
implementation of large-scale research on digital learning platforms (e.g.,
ASU Online) to better understand learning, predict learning outcomes, and
enhance learning at scale. Ideal candidates will have expertise in
conducting and analyzing experimental studies, A/B/n experimental design,
database management, R, Python, advanced statistical methodologies, and
learning analytics (e.g., machine learning). One focus of the studies
involves investigations of factors related to comprehension and/or writing,
and thus an understanding of learning analytic features related to language
or natural language processing will be prioritized.

The positions are full-time, fiscal-year (12 months), benefits-eligible
appointments with no tenure implications, and no teaching responsibilities.
Anticipated start date is July 1, 2022.

Candidates must have earned a Ph.D. in a field of study related to the
desired expertise (e.g., learning science, cognitive science, instructional
systems design, human factors, human-centered design, human computer
interaction, educational psychology, data analytics, computer science)
within the past five years.

To apply, please submit the following as pdf(s) through Interfolio at
http://apply.interfolio.com/105253 (1) cover letter, (2) a curriculum
vitae, (3) statement of research interests, (4) two representative
publications, (5) a statement addressing how your past and/or potential
contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to
inclusive excellence, and (6) three letters of recommendation to be
uploaded by your recommenders to Interfolio directly. Email and paper
applications will not be accepted.

Inquiries concerning the search should be addressed to the Chair of the
Search Committee: Dr. Danielle S. McNamara (dsmcnama at asu.edu). Please
mention that you are applying for the SoLET Lab position. Please specify
for which position(s) you are most qualified (i.e., design, educational
research, large-scale research). For information on current lab projects,
visit: https://soletlab.asu.edu/.

Initial deadline for receipt of complete applications is *May 5, 2022*. If
not filled, review of complete applications will continue every week
thereafter until the search is closed.

Salary range is $53,760 to $60,780 depending on number of years previous
experience since obtaining doctoral degree.

Arizona State University is located in the Phoenix/Scottsdale metropolitan
area and offers all of the amenities of a large urban/winter resort area.
Learn more about the Department of Psychology by viewing
https://psychology.asu.edu/ and about what The College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences has to offer by viewing https://thecollege.asu.edu/faculty.

The College values our cultural and intellectual diversity, and continually
strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are especially
interested in applicants who can strengthen the diversity of the academic

A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is
a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to
race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran
status, or any other basis protected by law.

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