The Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science is searching for a postdoctoral fellow who will do research developing innovative assessments as part of a fellowship program to embed postdoctoral fellows in state education agencies funded by Schmidt Futures and the Walton Foundation. This is an excellent opportunity for a technically-oriented postdoc researcher to make an impact in exciting new research and contribute to innovation in the areas of educational data science, student modeling, and educational assessment. The research project the postdoc will work on involves working with Louisiana's Department of Education to develop novel models to characterize and track student mastery as part of their through-year assessment program.
The successful postdoc's core responsibilities will include some of the following:
Collaborative problem-solving toward innovation in assessment with academic and state partners
Design and implement evaluations of innovative assessment designs
Data analyses and modeling using Python/R/or similar programming languages
Co-author research papers on the results of student learning modeling and studies
Design and implement software applications or modify existing software to achieve innovation in assessments
Document new designs, codes, and modifications and manage software code repositories
Attend required meetings and participate in various seminars and training workshops to maintain or update skills
You must demonstrate at least some of the following:
PhD-level research experience in learning technologies, either (or both) digital learning games or intelligent tutoring systems
Collaborative problem-solving skills to work effectively with state assessment professionals toward innovation in assessment
A record of publications in Cognitive Science, Learning Science, AI in Education, and/or Educational Data Mining
Data analysis skills with R/Python/or similar programming languages
Working knowledge of software version control and a solid understanding of object-oriented programming and software engineering
Problem-solving and reasoning skills
The Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) is a living laboratory where we investigate the relationship between computer technology, human activity, and society. Founded in 1993, the HCII is a place where we work to understand and create technology that harmonizes with and improves human capabilities, goals, and social environments through interdisciplinary research and education in design, computer science, and behavioral and social sciences. We research how people work, play, and communicate within groups, organizations, and social structures, then we design, create, and evaluate technologies and tools to support human and social activities.
Flexibility, excellence, and passion are vital qualities within HCII. Inclusion, collaboration, and cultural sensitivity are valued competencies at CMU. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who can effectively interact with a varied population of internal and external partners at a high level of integrity. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the mission of the university through their work.
PhD in Cognitive Science, Learning Science, Computer Science, or Information Systems, or related fields
Publications in the area of Cognitive Science, Learning Science, AIED, and/or Educational Data Mining is essential
Proven experience (2-4 years) in relevant research, such as developing or evaluating learning or assessment technologies
To apply, please submit a short cover letter describing your interests and experiences, your CV, and contact information for 3 references to the
Carnegie Mellon (www.cmu.edu) is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 12,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in the United States is in Pittsburgh, Pa. It has campuses in California’s Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico.