Postdoctoral Research Associate

Employer
University of Connecticut
Location
Storrs Mansfield, Connecticut
Salary
Commensurate with experience
Posted
Jun 16, 2021
Closes
Jul 16, 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Level
Mid Level

JOB SUMMARY

Dr. Ido Davidesco at the University of Connecticut (UConn), Neag School of Education, seeks to hire a full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate for a newly funded NSF Discovery Research preK-12 project.

This project focuses on fostering computational thinking through neural engineering activities in high school biology classes. Through a month-long curriculum unit, students will measure their own muscle and brain activity with wearable sensors. Students will then analyze the data and design a brain-computer interface to turn neural signals into real-world output (e.g., a mechanical claw controlled by brain activity). The curriculum will be supported by a web-based instructional application, Ph.D. students and postdocs acting as science mentors, and a professional development program for teachers. This is a collaborative project between UConn and Columbia University’s School of Engineering.

UConn’s Neag School of Education consistently ranks among the top 20 public graduate schools of education in the nation. The interdisciplinary and cross-institutional nature of this project will produce a unique setting for the professional development of the postdoctoral research associate. The combined exposure to learning sciences, educational technology, and engineering education will provide the postdoc with a unique mentoring experience and excellent preparation for their future career.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will be involved in all aspects of the design and development process, including co-designing curriculum with teachers, supporting the implementation of the curriculum in classrooms, coordinating research and design activities across the participating institutions, and developing conference presentations and manuscripts. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will also help oversee the development of the instructional application and design a professional development program for teachers and science mentors.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ph.D. in science education, learning sciences, educational technology, biology education, engineering education, or a related field
  • Research experience relevant to designing and developing innovations in STEM education
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate successfully on teams and communicate effectively through writing

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Experience collaborating with science teachers and school leaders
  • Experience in mixed-methods research
  • Experience in design and development of educational apps

APPOINTMENT TERMS 

The start date for this position is anticipated for Fall 2021. The position is for an initial one-year appointment and is potentially renewable for a second year depending on performance and funding.  Continuation beyond two years is contingent upon future external funding and performance. Salary for this position will be determined by federal guidelines.

TO APPLY 

Please apply online at https://hr.uconn.edu/jobs, Staff Positions, Search #495295 to upload a curriculum vitae, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references. Please direct inquiries to  ido.davidesco@uconn.edu

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.  

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on July 20, 2021.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. 

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