post doc

From: Mike Cole (
Date: Thu Sep 16 2004 - 16:33:20 PDT

Postdoctoral Position available: Science learning/museum
design/cognitive development

Starting in September 2004 there will be a postdoctoral position
available at Dartmouth college (
and the Montshire museum of Science in Norwich Vermont
(, which is 2 miles from the college. The
postdoctoral fellow will be working on an NSF funded project
investigating the cognitive and social interactions that visitors
(children and their families) to the Montshire museum of Science
engage in while they are viewing exhibits. Using analyses of
cognition, social interactions, and physical interactions with exhibits
the overall goal of the project will be to facilitate the design of
exhibits and learning at the museum, as well as publish articles on
topics related to these issues. The postdoctoral fellowship is for two
years. A background in cognitive development, sociolinguistics,
museum design is desired but not required. The key aspect of the
postdoctoral fellow is intellectual curiosity and a capacity to learn
about a new domain. The postdoctoral fellow will analyze the
partici[ant interactions, using cognitive, developmental, social,
linguistic and/or gestural dimensions, to determine the
representations visitors invoke while they interact with a exhibits.
This information will then be used by the museum designers to enhance
the exhibits. The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to
interact and participate in studies with museum specialists, cognitive
scientists, developmental psychologists, and linguists in an entirely
new approach to designing museum exhibits based upon analyses of human
interactions. Dartmouth College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Women and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
Include letter of application, vita, and dossier (including two
letters of recommendation). Consideration of applications will begin
Immediately, with a start date of September 1 2004. Salary is typical
for NSF postdocs. Please apply to Prof. Kevin Dunbar Dept of Education,
  Hanover, NH 03755 email address:

A few words about Dartmouth and the Montshire museum: Dartmouth is a
small, Ivy League university with an undergraduate body of about 4300
and a graduate and professional school enrollment of approximately 850.
  We offer Ph.D programs in all of the Sciences and there are a large
number of postdoctoral fellows at the college; there is an extensive
group whose research interests are focused on learning, education, mind
and brain, and the Montshire museum of science is one the leading
science museums in the North East. We are situated in Hanover NH and
Norwich VT, traditional New England towns in the heart of winter
skiing and summer lake resort areas. We are only a two hour drive from
Boston and a three hour drive from Montreal.

Kevin Dunbar
Professor, Department of Education
Professor, Dept of Psychological & Brain Sciences
Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire 03755

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