Post Doctoral / Research Scientist Position in the Open Ended Learning Environments Lab

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The Open Ended Learning Environments research group at the Institute for Software Integrated Systems (ISIS) and the Department of Computer Science at Vanderbilt University has an opening for a post-doctoral researcher who will be supported by grants from the National Science Foundation AI Institute and other related funding sources. In particular, this position will involve research in multimodal data collection and analysis in classroom environments from a number of Open Ended Learning Environments (OELEs) that include the: (1) NSF AI Institute narrative-centered learning environments, (2) Betty’s Brain, (3) C2STEM (Collaborative, Computational STEM Learning Environments), and (4) SPICE (Science Projects Integrating Computation and Engineering) learning environment.
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Applicants are expected to have the following qualifications:
• Ph.D. degree in learning sciences, computer science or a related field.
• Expertise in data collection, analysis, and learning analytics.
• Knowledge of virtual agents, user interfaces, artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques.

The post-doctoral researcher will work closely with the faculty mentor (Gautam Biswas, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering), three research engineers, and graduate students in the OELE lab as well as collaborators from other institutions across multiple projects. However, the researcher’s primary focus will be in learning sciences research applied to K-12 classroom studies and study of students’ collaborative learning behaviors as they work on our learning environments in classrooms.
The initial post-doctoral fellowship will be for a year, with the possibility of extensions to a second and third year based on performance. Superior performance in generating publications and support for grant writing can lead to a promotion to a Research Scientist position at ISIS.

The post-doctoral fellowship includes an initial salary of at least $75,000 per year plus health insurance coverage and support for professional travel. (The initial salary for a Research Scientist is at least $105K per year).

Please send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and at most two publications (or manuscripts in progress), by email to Gautam Biswas at [email protected]. Applications will be reviewed immediately.

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Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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