Post Doctoral Fellow (Simmons School of Education, Extended Reality & Immersive Learning)

Texas, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Oct 08, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Summary:

We seek a bright, hardworking and passionate post-doctoral scholar who will contribute to our growing research in Extended Reality (XR) and Immersive Learning Technologies.  Extended reality includes virtual-reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mixed reality and related learning environments. 


The post-doctoral position is based at the Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University where we seek to address pressing global problems and enhance the science of learning.  Our research in XR has direct and practical applications in education, human development, health and well-being. 


The position is a fixed term for two years (24 months).

The post-doctoral scholar will engage with interdisciplinary teams involving researchers in STEM education, psychology, global and public health, learning sciences, game design, and computer science.  The postdoctoral researcher will work with those affiliated with the SMU Center for Learning Innovation. 

The post-doctoral scholar would have the opportunity to work on existing research projects that involve the iterative design of XR learning games and simulations to support students’ and/or educator’s reasoning about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), health and well-being. The post-doctoral scholar would also have opportunities to pursue their own research agenda relating to the use of XR for teaching and learning, with mentorship and support from SMU faculty in their area.

Essential Functions:

Apply existing and developing new skills and techniques in XR to improving learning science and applications in education, health and/or human development. This may include developing and enhancing user experiences and learning outcomes in embodied, collaborative and mixed-reality learning simulations.


Lead/support the development of XR research applications with a team of faculty members, students and staff from SMU Simmons School of Education and Human Development, the Guildhall video game education program, and the Lyle School of Engineering.


Support the specific aims of funded grants related to XR for learning, including collecting data and providing guidance on study designs, research ideas and scientific writing review.


Mentor students in development and research as part of the SMU Engaged Learning initiative in support of the aims of research at the Simmons School of Education and Human Development.


Submit research applications for funding and research papers for peer-reviewed publication.


Optional opportunities for teaching undergraduate and graduate courses are available based on interest and need.


Education and Experience:

An earned doctorate is required.   Field of study in Learning Sciences, Educational Technology, Educational Psychology, Instructional Design, STEM Education, Interactive Media, Data Science, Human-Computer Interaction or related field.


Experience in conducting research studies related to the development and application of XR or learning and interdisciplinary collaboration is required.


Excellent statistical and data analytic skills is preferred.  Strong qualitative skills are required for those that lack strong quantitative skills.


Research experience in one of the following areas is highly preferred:


Designing immersive environments for technology-enhanced learning with XR

Interactive learning and XR user experiences

Human-Computer Interaction in XR environments

Artificial intelligence and machine learning in XR environments.


Experience with Unity or Unreal Engine for VR/AR development is preferred.


Computer programming or machine learning research skills is preferred.

Proficiency with Microsoft Office is required.


A strong record of research presentations and publications is preferred.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Candidate must have excellent communication skills, both oral and written. 


Must have excellent interpersonal and collaboration skills, with the ability to work with multiple types of researchers and partners.


Excellent statistical and data analytic skills are preferred.  Strong qualitative skills are required for those that lack strong quantitative skills.


Candidate must be highly organized with effective planning, project management and time management skills.


Candidate must have strong problem solving skills and be able to problem solve in all phases of the research process.


Must be self-directed and able to function independently. 


Travel is minimal in this position. May involve travel to learning sites and meetings with partners, and



Physical/Environmental Demands:

This position must be able to:  Sit for long periods of time


Deadline to Apply:

This position is open until filled.


Note to Applicants: 

Please include a cover letter including a 1-2 page statement of research interests and explanation of suitability for the position and include a link for up to 3 publications or manuscripts.  Include a CV, and contact details for 3 references who will be contacted for short-listed candidates. 


To Apply: 

Please visit our website to access the online application.  See Working at SMU. Click on Staff Career Opportunities and apply to:  Post Doctoral Fellow (Simmons School of Education and Human Development/Learning Sciences) (SIM00000093)


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