The University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education
(PennGSE), invites applications for a post-doctoral fellow position
in the learning sciences and science education. The position
entails work on two federally funded projects with a focus on
delivering high quality professional development to high school
The first project aims to investigate how high-quality PD can be
delivered at low to no cost through a purely online PD format. The
content of the PD is computer-supported complex systems resources
for high school biology classes using the StarLogo agent-based
modeling tool. One major goal of this project is to research the
extent to which collaboration and ongoing community-building can be
supported through asynchronous methods.
The second project, in conjunction with Penn’s Perelman School
of Medicine, will develop curricular units for building
bioinformatics literacy that students acquire through investigation
of local urban environmental data. Teachers and students will build
and use mobile apps to collect this data and will learn how to
interpret the data in order to make evidence-based decisions on
actions they can take in their communities.
A successful applicant would have some of the following research
experiences or expertise:
- Teacher professional development
- Graphical computer programming (e.g., Scratch, App
- Data science or data literacy including data visualization
- Learning analytics
- Qualitative and quantitative research methods (advanced
statistical methods is desirable)
- Complex systems and/or social networks (content and
- Urban and science education
This is a one-year position renewable up to 3 years.
The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity
affirmative action employer; women and minority candidates are
strongly encouraged to apply.