Monday, April 1, 2013

Postdoc at MIT

[Note: this is a separate position than a posting earlier this year.]

The RELATE group is on the frontier of research on MOOCs, with the goal of understanding which online resources and what learning habits most improve student learning. Our physics education objectives are to diagnose and develop both specific skills and overall expertise in physics thinking. Our new postdoc will help author new learning resources, design controlled online experiments, and analyze data towards these aims. This postdoc will benefit from the RELATE group’s expertise in educational data mining, advanced psychometrics (including multi-dimensional Item Response Theory and Bayesian Knowledge Tracing), and assessment design. (see

Desirable Skills:

Designing and testing instructional materials
Knowledge of education literature
Statistics/data analysis skills.

A Ph.D or Ed.D in physics/science education, instructional design, or cognitive science etc. is required. Applicant must be comfortable working alone and with others. All former postdocs have continued to positions in academia or education companies. Inquiries and applications (CV, cover letter, and three references) should be sent to (please include “postdoc application” in subject line). Review of applications will begin immediately; starting date flexible.

MIT is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. For more information

Prof. David E. Pritchard
Dept. of Physics, MIT
77 Massachusetts Ave., 26-241
Cambridge, MA 02139