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[xmca] Fwd: [COGDEVSOC] Postdoc position at Vanderbilt

Looks like a great opp for the right person.

A Postdoctoral Training Fellowship Program on
Rigorous Methods in the Learning Sciences

The Learning Sciences Institute (LSI) at Vanderbilt University is pleased
to announce a post-doctoral fellowship program supported by a grant from
the Institute of Education Science (IES) at the United States Department
of Education. This multidisciplinary training program involves four
faculty members: (1) Bethany Rittle-Johnson, Assistant Professor of
Psychology, who will focus on teaching and learning of mathematical
problem solving (2) Paul Cobb (training director), Professor of
Mathematics Education and Peabody Chair in Teaching and Learning, who will
focus on mathematics education in early elementary and middle school, (3)
Gautam Biswas, Professor of Computer Science and Engi-neering, who will
focus on computer-based learning environments in math and science
educa-tion, and (4) Thomas Smith, Associate Professor of Public Policy and
Education, who will focus on quantitative data analysis and the study of
how policy influences teacher quality and student learning.

The Post Doctoral fellows will be provided with diverse training and
research opportunities in the cognitive sci-ences, learning sciences,
mathematics and science education, as well as in developing
instrumen-tation and procedures for evaluating the effects of educational
interventions using randomized field trials.

Each postdoctoral fellowship is for two years, with the possibility of an
extension for a third year.  Each fellow will be expected to engage in
collaborative research on at least two of three IES-supported research
projects: (1) evaluation of computer-based learning environments in
sci-ence domains with an emphasis on assessment and developing measures of
content and prepara-tion for future learning, (2) use of contrasting
examples to support procedural flexibility and conceptual understanding in
middle school mathematics, and (3) conducting randomized field trials to
evaluate a fully-developed early mathematics program and an on-line
mentoring pro-gram for beginning math teachers. The postdoctoral
fellowship will involve a lateral cross training component where the
fellows will receive research training and mentorship by working across
multiple projects, and a vertical scaling up component where the fellows
will gain substantial experience in proposal writing by working closely
with the PIs to extend the existing development projects to efficacy and
replication proposals. The program will also include an education
component that is linked to the IES funded Experimental Education Research
Training (ExpERT) pre-doctoral program at Peabody College.

We seek highly qualified applicants who have earned a doctorate degree in
learning sciences, computer and cognitive science, instructional
technology, psychology, mathematics and science education, teaching and
learning, policy and leadership, and related areas. The positions carry a
stipend of $50,000 per year plus health insurance coverage and support for
professional travel. Review of applications will begin on October 31, 2009
and will continue until the positions are filled.  The starting date is
negotiable between January 1, 2010 and September 1, 2010. Please send a
letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and at most two publications (or
manuscripts in pro-gress), by electronic mail to
IESPostDocSearch2010@vanderbilt.edu. Applicants should be US citizens or
permanent residents.  Please arrange for three letters of reference to be
sent directly to the same email address.

If you have questions or require further information, please do not
hesitate to contact one or more of the PI’s: Gautam Biswas
(gautam.biswas@vanderbilt.edu), Paul Cobb (paul.cobb@vanderbilt.edu),
Bethany Rittle-Johnson (bethany.rittle-johnson@vanderbilt.edu) and Thomas
Smith (tom.smith@vanderbilt.edu).
 Vanderbilt University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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