Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Postdoc at Berkeley

We seek a postdoctoral scholar to join the Visualizing to Integrate Student Understanding for All Learners (VISUAL) and Continuous Learning and Automated Scoring in Science (CLASS) projects in science and technology education. (See for more details.)
The scholar will work in a multidisciplinary collaboration funded by the National Science Foundation, including leaders in education, technology, and the science disciplines. Dr. Marcia Linn, at University of California Berkeley, is the Principal Investigator. Lydia Liu, at Educational Testing Service, Inc. directs a subcontract on automated scoring and analysis.
The scholar will join researchers who are creating new technologies to design and assess open-ended inquiry activities to improve student understanding of complex science topics. We focus specifically on effective ways to design and incorporate visualization technologies and on ways to provide adaptive guidance as student’s progress through inquiry projects. We seek activities for students as well as technologies to support teachers as they guide classes using online, interactive units in middle school and high school.
The work draws from current research on teaching, learning, computer science, software design, and computational linguistics. The group builds on previously successful uses of technology such as the Web-based Inquiry Science Environment (WISE). This research will contribute to design and assessment frameworks to guide future education researchers, curriculum and assessment designers, and policy makers.
The postdoctoral scholar will conduct a research program, collaborate on the design of new learning technologies (including innovations in graphing in science, autoscoring of assessments, and adaptive guidance), author curriculum materials to test ways to take advantage of visualizations including graphs, and collaborate with local schools as part of a team. The scholar will have the opportunity to learn about advances on all fronts of technology and education and to contribute to all aspects of the work. The scholar will conduct and analyze research studies in collaboration with the various members of the TELS Research Community, guide designs for automated scoring and data reports and representations, as well as coordinate annual reports, Human Subjects protocols, teacher workshops, and research meetings. Using the knowledge integration framework, the scholar will design and refine curriculum and assessments, help adapt implementations for specific school sites, and analyze and disseminate research findings.
Minimum Qualification: Ph.D. or equivalent in education, psychology, mathematics, natural science, engineering, computer science, or a related discipline at the time of application.
Additional Qualifications: Candidates should have a background in the natural sciences, engineering, mathematics, or computer science and research experience relevant to the learning sciences. Experience in the design, implementation, and analysis of science materials and assessments, understanding of data mining and analysis techniques, and quantitative analysis skills are strong assets. Applicants should demonstrate the ability to work on a team, skill in collaborating with teachers and school leaders, interest in working in partnerships to develop innovations, strong writing skills, and interest in designing and analyzing complex research studies conducted in school settings.
We seek a candidate who can start as early as late summer or early fall of 2014. The start date is negotiable. The position, which has an annual salary starting at $50,194, is for one year with possible renewal for a second and third year.
All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when cover letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley Statement of Confidentiality found at] prior to submitting their letters.
For questions contact Darah Vickery Savitt:
The Graduate School of Education is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. Qualified women and members of underrepresented minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:



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