Postdoctoral Research Associate - Learning Technologies
University of Southern California (USC)
Location: Playa Vista, California
Internal Number: REQ20106990
The Learning Science group at the University of Southern Californiaâs Institute for Creative Technology (ICT) is searching for a Postdoctoral Scholar - Research Associate to join our team.Â The Learning Science group leverages AI, Machine Learning, and other emerging technologies to personalize learning so that students of all ages and backgrounds can learn better and achieve their goals. We work to establish new genres of AI tools that can empower educators, under-served groups, and public/government organizations to make the greatest impact for the learners who need it most.
The Postdoc will help to create prototype software and provide technical lead to team for prototype development. The Postdoc should have strong expertise in multiple areas, and should be interested and able to learn other areas where they do not have substantial experience.
This is a one year fixed-term appointment and renewable on the recommendation of the faculty mentor.
Serves as a research trainee for the purpose of enhancing and developing research competencies. Participates in planning, designing and conducting highly technical and complex research projects under the direction of a supervisor.
Identifies, researches, compiles and evaluates data sources, background information and/or technology related to area of specialization.
Engages in data analytics, interpretation and presentation.
Write proposals for funding and suggests novel aspects for research
Writes and publishes results. Contributes to the development of research documentation for publication and/or prepares technical reports, papers and/or records.
Provide leadership to students and junior staff
Expertise in systems design and modern software engineering for web-based and /or mobile applications.
Knowledgeable about AWS and server requirements
Knowledgeable about IRB processes and requirements for human subject testing. Able to document, submit for IRB approval and execute studies.
Publications in peer-reviewed journals in same or related field
Knowledgeable about conferences and publications researching advanced learning technologies, AI/machine learning, learning science, and related areas.
Preferred Education/Field of Expertise:
Ph.D. in Computer Science, Learning Sciences, AI/ML, or related fields
Your work will push the boundaries of how technology benefits society, by accelerating learning, improving health outcomes, and sharing scientific findings with the world. Additionally, the work at ICT will give you the opportunity to meet intriguing people from all walks of life, including technologists, writers, producers, social scientists, military/government personnel, community partners, and philanthropists. We put a premium on satisfaction in the workplace at ICT and encourage all associates to maintain a quality work-life balance.
USC Institute for Creative Technologies: The University of Southern Californiaâs Institute for Creative Technologies is where academia, entertainment, and the military meet. Located in the heart of Silicon Beach/Playa Vista, no other institute offers a more diverse collaborative environment where basic and applied research work hand in hand to develop cutting edge technologies. We find ICT to be an exciting place to work and expect you will too.
We are world leaders in virtual human research, artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, computer training simulations, computer graphics, and immersive experiences that improve human decision making, cultural awareness, leadership, and health. ICT employees are encouraged to develop themselves both professionally and personally, through workshops, invited guest talks, movie nights, social events, various sports teams, a private gym and a personal trainer.Â The atmosphere at ICT is informal and flexible, while also encouraging initiative, personal responsibility, and a strong work ethic.
Research Examples - Learning Science: To get a feel for the research we conduct here, you can view introductions to a few projects with the links below:
Personal Assistant for Life-Long Learning (Overview):
USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations. As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.