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Postdoctoral Position in Research to Practice Learning Technologies and Infrastructure

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Harvard University


Cambridge, MA

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Harvard Graduate School of Education

Position Description:

The Harvard University Graduate School of Education seeks to fill a postdoctoral fellowship on research to practice learning technologies and infrastructure. The postdoctoral fellowship is part of a new partnership between the Harvard Graduate School of Education (


) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (


) to ensure that every child reads well enough to successfully learn beyond third grade. The focus of this postdoctoral fellowship is helping to develop and document both the products and the process needed to make significant progress on the crisis in early literacy through a rigorous scientific approach combined with a commitment to design for scale from the beginning.

The postdoctoral fellow appointed will receive mentorship and training in a number of areas. Orientation will include an overview of all related research being conducted by the team of researchers leading the project. Career counseling will be provided, as will guidance on the preparation of manuscripts, conference presentations, and grant proposals. The principal investigators will help the postdoctoral fellow to develop a professional network valuable for attaining a position once the fellowship has concluded.

Basic Qualifications:

Candidates must have an earned doctoral degree in an appropriate discipline (for example, but not limited to: Learning Science, Computer Science, or Cognitive Science) prior to starting the appointment.

Essential attributes for this position include: knowledge of learning design and experience in the design of technology-enhanced learning for children and/or adults.

Additional Qualifications:

Successful applicants will have a demonstrated ability to translate ambitious goals into concrete products (including technology-based products) and iterative research design. The responsibilities of the position include shepherding the overall product vision and translating academic design briefs into technical specifications and systems that unite workstreams. The postdoctoral fellow will also document internal processes and infrastructure as part of an effort to catalyze learning, both internally and externally, about productive partnerships between research and practice. The postdoctoral fellow will work collaboratively with a multi-university team of faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students.

Desirable attributes for this position include: strong understanding of the software development life cycle; excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, including the ability to bridge functional and technical resources by communicating effectively with individuals of varying systems expertise and business needs; background in early literacy; demonstrated experience brokering knowledge in the field of education to support improved practice and policies; comfort with a start-up environment.

Contact Information:

For more information about the postdoctoral position, please contact Dr. Elizabeth City,

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Special Instructions:

The appointment will begin as soon as possible (no later than June 2018) and run for one year, with a second year possible contingent on performance.

Application review will begin on March 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Harvard is known for global leadership in education, and the Harvard faculty is composed of men and women who are world-class scholars. Faculty members are passionate and curious individuals who continue their own research while teaching at Harvard. They come from across the country and all over the world, bringing with them a diverse wealth of knowledge. Almost all Harvard College courses are designed, taught and overseen by Harvard faculty, and virtually all FAS faculty are required to teach as part of their duties. The faculty is highly accessible, and Harvard College class sizes are on average below 40, with over half the courses being offered each semester enrolling 10 or fewer students. This allows for a closer student-professor relationship and contributes to the sense of community on campus. Professors also make themselves available to students outside of the classroom, even beyond office hours, such as meeting in the dining hall or before or after class. The faculty at Harvard make a point of connecting with their students to create a fulfilling academic experience.

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