Postdoc in Computational Modeling/Educational Data Mining

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Postdoc in Computational Modeling/Educational Data Mining at the University of Colorado Boulder

The Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Colorado Boulder anticipates hiring a full time  postdoctoral fellow starting in Fall 2020/Spring 20201 for one year and renewable for a second year. The position includes a competitive salary commensurate with experience and full benefits. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Women and Underpreresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.

The postdoc will develop and apply computational techniques to analyze data from students’ log files in conjunction with other signals (e.g., facial expressions, verbal contributions) across a range of domains (e.g., learning from MOOCs, educational games, collaborative problem solving, reading) and contexts (e.g., online, classroom, and lab).

The candidate will work with Dr. Sidney D’Mello and will play a collaborative and co-leadership role in a vibrant research team encompassing researchers in Computer Science, Cognitive Science, Psychology/Neuroscience, and Education.

The position offers a unique postdoctoral training experience and unsurpassed publishing opportunities within multi-department and multi-institution grant-funded projects. The postdoc will be encouraged to develop advanced technical skills, strengthen their research portfolios via peer-reviewed publications, gain interdisciplinary experience by working with a diverse team, develop leadership skills by mentoring students, and gain expertise in co-authoring grant proposals.

• Ph.D. in Computer Science or a related technical field (at the time of hire)
• Published research in developing/applying computational techniques to analyze educational data
• Experience in machine learning (especially deep learning), and/or statistical modeling (e.g., IRT)
• Strong writing skills and ability to conduct independent research as evidenced by first author publications

Principal Duties
• Developing/applying computational techniques for assessment and intervention
• Embedding data mining models into educational learning platforms
• Dissemination of project results by leading publication efforts
• Mentoring graduate and undergraduate students

Job Details
• 1-2 year position. Initial contract is for one year (providing renewal after 6-month probationary period). Second year contract is based on performance and extension to a third year is possible.
• Start date is negotiable, but anticipated for Fall 2020 or Spring 2021.
• Competitive salary with benefits commensurate with qualifications. This position is eligible for medical, dental and life insurance, retirement benefits programs, and is eligible for monthly vacation and sick leave accruals.

How to Apply
Please upload the following required documents: (1) Cover letter; (2) Curriculum Vitae; (3) Contact information for three references; (4) Three representative publications [as one pdf].  Apply here:

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