Southern Methodist University has an opening for a full-time
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow to contribute on two National Science
Foundation Awards: “Group-Based Cloud Computing for STEM
Education Project” and “UTeach and NYC: A Design Research
Partnership to Expand and Improve High School Computer Science
Education for Underrepresented Urban Youth" as well as a
Toyota Foundation award to prepare K-8 high need students for the
next generation of STEM jobs and to provide them with both the
expertise and innovation mindset they need to thrive. The West
Dallas STEM School is a collaboration with the Annette Caldwell
Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern
Methodist University, DISD and the Toyota Foundation in creating a
new STEM-focused, PreK-8 school to serve families in West
These inter-disciplinary collaborative projects explore
children’s and adults’ intuitive understanding of, and formal
learning about, complex STEM concepts in the area of computational
thinking, engineering, STEM integration and research practice
Applicants should have particular interest in children’s
knowledge acquisition, inquiry learning, technology, development of
scientific cognition and the application of basic cognitive
developmental research to the design of STEM education
Postdoctoral fellows participate deeply in the academic life of
the Simmons College of Education, the Moody School of Graduate of
Education and as well as the Dallas area’s vibrant atmosphere. The
successful candidate will receive substantive career mentoring and
opportunities for independent research and professional
This Post Doctoral position is for 2 years (24 months).
Conducting research and helping to supervise data collections in
school classrooms and online with teachers and students.
Conducting lab and online studies with children; engaging with
cross-site multi-disciplinary teams of learning scientists and
Quantitative and qualitative data analyses.
Co-supervision of a research team.
Co-writing reports for funding agencies.
Presentations at conferences and workshops. Authorship of
publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Education and Experience:
An earned doctorate is required. Field of study in
Learning Sciences, Educational Psychology, Instructional
Design, Data Science or related field.
Computer programming experience (NetLogo) or machine learning
research skills is preferred
Background in experimental and/or intervention research design
Quantitative and qualitative data analytic methods (experience
with Design-Based Research approaches is desirable but not
Excellent capacity for independent, creative scholarship; strong
authorship/writing skills, as well as evidence of productivity in
peer-reviewed journals is preferred.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office is required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Candidate must have excellent oral and written communication
Must have excellent interpersonal and collaboration skills, with
the ability to work with multiple types of researchers and
Must have excellent statistical and data analytic skills, as
well as strong qualitative 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
Travel is minimal in this position. May involve travel to
learning sites and meetings with partners, and conferences.
This position must be able to:
- Sit for long periods of time
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.
Deadline to Apply:
This position is open until filled.
Please visit our website www.smu.jobs 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
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