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PostDoctoral Associate

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Jun 29, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Instructional Technology & Design, Other Education, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Computer Sciences & Technology, Other Science & Technology, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Computer Services & Information Technology
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Summary

The Department of Computer Science at CU Boulder is encouraging applications for a Postdoctoral Associate in the NSF-funded Pet Project. In this project, researchers from CU Boulder’s School of Education and Department of Computer Science are investigating how youth’s love of and desires to care for pets, augmented by mobile and wearable technology, can motivate, and situate relationally rich science education. The team is exploring the design, development, and use of technologies that allow pre-teen and teenage learners to step into the sensory worlds of their pets, to investigate relationships between animal sensation, perception, and behavior, and then to use understandings developed through those investigations to build better domestic environments for their pets. The team’s research is grounded in an ecological systems (nature-cultures) perspective on scientific futures.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

We are an interdisciplinary, collaborative team at CU Boulder leading NSF grant number 1736051, “Catalyzing Scientific Inquiry and Engineering through Wearable Intersubjective Sensation Devices.” Joe Polman is a professor of learning sciences and human development/STEM education, as well as associate dean for research, in the School of Education. Ben Shapiro is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, and (by courtesy) the School of Education, the Department of Information Science, and the Technology, Cybersecurity, and Policy Program; he also is a lead and engineering manager in AI Education at Apple. Shaun Kane is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science, and (by courtesy) in the Department of Information Science; he is also a CU ATLAS Faculty Fellow. Professor Polman directs the Learning and Identity Lab; Professor Shapiro directs the Laboratory for Playful Computation, and Professor Kane directs the CU Superhuman Computing Lab.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Play a leadership role in study design and planning, including the creation of curricular and/or technological resources to be used in workshops and educational activities.
  • Implement study designs, including facilitation of learning activities, data collection, and analysis.
  • Co-author academic papers based on study findings.

What We Can Offer

The annual salary range for this position is $65,000 - $75,000.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

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Be collaborative. Be engaged. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • Ph.D. in Learning Sciences, Computer Science, Science Education, Information Science, Human-Computer Interaction, or related field by start date.
  • Track record of recent publications in peer-reviewed research venues.

What You Will Need

  • Value and be committed to improving justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in STEM education.
  • Love of pets and animals.
  • Comfortable working with pre-teen and/or teenage youth.

What We Would Like You To Have

Experience creating physical computing, AR/VR, or programming tools for use by learners.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/CV
  3. List of 3 references with contact information
    • During the application process you will need to separately enter contact information for one reference who will be contacted to provide a letter of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses. This can be someone from the list above.

If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version (if applicable) as an optional attachment.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs .

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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