The Department of Computer Science
at CU Boulder is
encouraging applications for a Postdoctoral Associate
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
What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
What We Can Offer
- 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.
The annual salary range for this position is $65,000 -
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
Be collaborative. Be engaged. Be Boulder.
What We Require
What You Will Need
- 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
What We Would Like You To Have
- 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.
Experience creating physical computing, AR/VR, or programming tools
for use by learners.
To apply, please submit the following materials:
- Cover Letter
- 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
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
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