Postdoctoral position for NSF-funded research at CMU

Seeking applications for a postdoctoral position to work on an NSF-supported grant at Carnegie Mellon University, led by Prof. Bruce McLaren. Prof. Ryan Baker of the University of Pennsylvania and Prof. Jon Star of Harvard University are fellow principal investigators on the project. The position is funded for 2 years, starting as soon as January 2018 and as late as May 2018.

The successful candidate will work with Prof. McLaren and a research team at CMU, as well as the research teams of Prof. Baker at the University of Pennsylvania and Prof. Star at Harvard. The project involves research into the underlying reasons for learning from erroneous examples. The project investigates this issue by iteratively data mining existing log data, refining erroneous example instructional technology, and conducting (further) classroom studies. The target population of the project is sixth grade and the domain is decimals.

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in Learning Science, HCI/Computer Science, or Cognitive Science and an interdisciplinary blend of expertise in (order of priority) educational research, technology development skills (to help in the iterative development of the technology), and educational data mining (data extraction/manipulation, predictive modeling, structural modeling). The successful candidate will also be interested and motivated to work in middle school classrooms with kids as they use instructional technology to learn mathematics.

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Prof. Bruce M. McLaren
Associate Research Professor, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
President, International Society for Artificial Intelligence in Education (2017-2019)