Two Boya Post-doc Fellowships in Learning Analytics and Generative AI, Peking University

Website Peking University

  1. School/Center
  • Peking University, Graduate School of Education

 

  1. Job Positions
  • Two Boya Post-doc Fellowships (2 years)

 

  1. Research Specialization/Field
  • Learning Analytics, Hybrid Human-AI Regulation, AI Literacy

 

  1. Mentor
  • Dr. Yizhou Fan (Assistant Professor, Research Fellow)

 

  1. Project Description
  • Project 1: Construction of new-generation flexible learning environment and GenAI-driven scaffolding technologies; supported by the mentor’s research project, reviewing classic learning theories and literature, conducting experimental or quasi-experimental studies in laboratory and real learning scenarios. Collect and analyze multimodal data such as learning trace data, think-aloud protocols, discourse texts, qualitative interviews, and questionnaires, using techniques like machine learning, reinforcement learning, process mining, and epistemic network analysis. Aim to produce new understandings of future learning theories, original technical solutions, and impactful empirical research.
  • Project 2: Enhancing IT and AI literacy among primary and secondary school students in a large-scale and longitudinal study; supported by the mentor’s research project, developing teaching resources for IT courses in economically developed and underdeveloped regions of China, designing IT and AI literacy tracking and evaluation schemes, and designing intervention tools using cloud computing and generative AI. Design, manage, and execute large-scale (over 100 project schools), long-term (2-3 years) experiments aimed at bridging the digital divide. Conduct analysis based on related research, produce project evaluation reports, organize academic events, and write influential academic papers.

 

  1. Basic Qualifications
  • Meet the basic requirements for applying for Peking University Boya Postdoctoral Fellowships (https://postdocs.pku.edu.cn/tzgg/8a7f55bb4ed24cc88dec63ee67680d06.htm);
  • PhD degree in Education Technology, Learning Analytics, Psychology, Computer Science or related fields within the last three years, 2024 and 2025 graduates can also apply;
  • Excellent academic writing skills in English, outstanding teamwork and communication skills;
  • Proven experience in reviewing literature, experimental and quasi-experimental design, qualitative methods, and being a quick learner.
  • Published at least one first-author paper at the LAK conference or top-tier peer-reviewed journals in the relevant field in the past five years.

 

  1. ​​Desired Skills
  • Rich experience in instructional design and advanced skills in learning analytics;
  • Proficient in R or Python, experienced in handling multimodal data;
  • Experience in independently designing and leading academic research, with strong self-motivation;
  • Ability to balance work and life well, with productive, sustained, and healthy work ethic.

 

  1. Benefits
  • Peking University Boya Postdoctoral annual salary (pre-tax) 200,000 RMB+;
  • 120,000 RMB research start-up fund during the project period;
  • Postdoctoral apartment provided by the university or 60,000 RMB/year housing subsidy, plus another 12,000 RMB/year housing subsidy provided by the state;
  • Necessary insurance, pension, medical care, children’s free admission to Peking University-affiliated kindergarten/primary/middle schools per university regulations
  • Support for participation in domestic and international academic conferences and exchanges, assistance in applying for other postdoctoral funds and national natural science funds;
  • Year-end bonuses based on research output.

 

  1. Applicant Documents
  • Personal CV (no more than 4 pages) and cover letter statement (no more than 4 pages), specifically detailing how you meet the candidate qualifications in the resume or statement;
  • Proof of academic degree(s), current PhD candidates should provide proof of enrollment;
  • Two representative academic papers;
  • Candidates invited for interviews will need to provide a personal research plan related to the recruitment projects and two letters of recommendation (not required before the interview notification).

 

  1. Contact Information
  • Fan Yizhou,  fyz@pku.edu.cn

Email subject: Postdoctoral Application + Name + Graduated or Current School + Major.

 

  1. Date
  • Please submit your application before 1st September, 2024
  • Applicants will be notified on 15th September, 2024, if they will be invited for an interview (remote interviews are possible). 

This fellowship is available from 1 November 2024 on a fixed-term basis for 24 months; Graduates of 2025 (Summer) can wait until they graduate with a PhD before deciding on their employment starting date.

To apply for this job email your details to fyz@pku.edu.cn