EdLab at the Gottesman Libraries envisions, designs, and pilots knowledge projects for a fundamentally different education sector that is attuned to the emerging post-industrial, information-based, globally-connected world. EdLab is organized in small flexible multi-disciplinary teams that collaborate to develop and deliver products and services of distinction.
Postdoctoral research scientists draw on their prior professional experience to invent, manage, and assess a range of new functions and services as part of the overall research program designed to create a rich environment for self-directed and social learning in the library and beyond.
- Design and instrument infrastructure to facilitate data collection and analysis
- Identify quantitative markers of user experience
- Create and conduct experiments to inform research
- Process and analyze results and data
- Communicate ongoing work and findings to the education research community via published papers, conference presentations, and other EdLab venues
- Work with engineering and product teams to help define user experience goals and metrics
- Influence design decisions by communicating findings
- Collaborate with academia/industry to apply the results of research and develop new techniques, products or practices
- An Ed.D. or Ph.D. in Education, Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction, Statistics, Psychology, Sociology or a related field
- 2-3 years experience in a research setting that demonstrates a range of abilities, including a significant degree of specialization within one or more domains
- A track record demonstrating excellent command of the research questions within a given domain, and of the technical tools for the analysis of data related to those questions
- Excellent working knowledge of statistics and the principles of experimental design
- Demonstration of a history of creativity and innovation
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Capacity to work in a collaborative environment
- Ability to deliver services and products on budget and on time
Specialization in one or more technical or domain areas is desired, such as:
- Programming skills related to data extraction or understanding how digital products are instrumented (e.g. Python, C++, Perl, Java)
- Development of online services (e.g. HTML, CSS, Java Script)
- Adaptive teaching and learning models
- Other technical specialties might include the creation of visual dashboards for understanding trends, experience in working with SQL databases, or other experience related to online experiments (e.g. A/B testing, live testing, context-sensitive survey techniques)
- A well developed interest in using large-scale research techniques to understand users of digital education products and services is more important than any particular specialization
This is a one-year appointment with possibility for renewal.
How to Apply
If you love everything you just read and think you’d be a great match, send your resume and cover letter to email@example.com. Cover letters are a chance for you to tell us why you’re perfect for this position but we want you to go beyond your professional experiences. Tell us what makes you stand out. What is it about the future of education that gets you excited? What personal flair would you add to the team? Let’s hear it!