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Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Eugene, Oregon, USA

University of Oregon


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The Center on Teaching and Learning (CTL), in collaboration with Oregon Research Institute (ORI), invites applications to a two-year postdoctoral training program – Preparing Education Scientists : Emphasizing Rigorous Research on Systems-Level Prevention and Remediation of Academic and Behavioral Problems – funded by the Institute for Educational Sciences (IES) in the U.S. Department of Education.

The fellow will participate in a two-year, advanced training experience to develop the research design and management skills, content expertise, and methodological competence necessary to make scientifically rigorous, pedagogically meaningful, and sustained contributions to the field of education. Fellows will be mentored by Drs. Scott Baker, John Seeley and Deanne Crone, leading experts in the fields of education, special education, prevention and intervention research.

CTL and ORI operate multiple, ongoing research projects that correspond to the full continuum of the five goals within the IES goal framework. Multiple research projects (most of which are IES-funded) will be available to postdoctoral fellows to provide direct and systematic opportunities to participate and collaborate on prevention and intervention research that cuts across a range of educationally significant topics including, literacy instruction, early mathematics assessment and instruction, and prevention of serious problem behavior and school dropout. Recently, CTL has also become engaged in the iterative development and formative testing of education gaming and technology-based interventions. An important part of this postdoctoral position will be active participation in the ongoing education technology research and development work at CTL.

In particular, the fellow will be expected to: (a) work as a collaborative team member on one or more of the IES funded technology intervention development grants, and; (b) build a program of technology-based education research to guide independent research and future grant applications.

Interest and expertise in one or more of the following education technology areas will be considered in reviewing candidates for this position: (1) accessibility and adaptive learning technology, (2) game design (3) User experience design, and (4) technology in the classroom. In addition, a strong candidate would have content area expertize in one or more of the following areas: (1) intervention design, (2) learning sciences, (3) special education, (4) elementary math or reading intervention, and (5) measurement.

Fellows are expected to leave this advanced training program with: (a) at least two empirical papers submitted for publication; (b) at least one competitive grant proposal ready for submission to IES; (c) a well-defined research plan that will direct their academic careers for the subsequent 3-5 years or longer, and; (d) direct experience with research projects and mentors that span the full continuum of the IES goal framework.

Qualifications : Applicants should have a doctoral degree in Education Technology, Learning Sciences, Educational Psychology, special education, or related field. (A doctoral degree must be attained prior to September 2013 and the candidate must submit one of the following to document degree attainment: a letter from the Graduate School, Registrar’s Office, or an official transcript). Applicants should be able to work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and collaborate with colleagues in other departments.

Requirements of this Research Fellowship indicate positions available only to citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

Stipend and Benefits : $52,500 yearly stipend, plus up to $12,000 to cover health & dental insurance, moving expenses, and professional conference attendance.

Application Procedures : Send a letter of application, current vita, and list of references to Ellen McHaley, 5292 University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon 97403-5292 or to Your letter of application is extremely important and should carefully document your research interests, interest in the position, your qualifications, and your research/scholarly goals for the next 2 years. To ensure consideration, applications must be received by January 15, 2013.

Minorities and Women are encouraged to apply.

The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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