Department: Department of Information Sciences and Technology
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Engineering Education and Cyberlearning Laboratory
The George Mason University Engineering Education and Cyberlearning Laboratory—in the Department of Information Sciences and Technology, within the Volgenau School of Engineering—is seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Researcher to work on National Science Foundation (NSF)-sponsored projects aimed at: (1) better understanding informal learning and education among engineering students and professionals, and (2) better understanding the how social media shapes engineering/STEM education. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will receive opportunities to get involved in ongoing interdisciplinary and collaborative research spanning the fields of informal learning, engineering education, learning analytics, educational data mining, and social media mining across departments and schools at George Mason University.
The successful candidate is expected to take a leadership role in an ongoing project on informal learning and work with the Principal Investigator (PI) and co-PIs on collection and analysis of online data collected from engineering learning communities as well as social media platforms. As part of the postdoctoral experience, applicants will receive mentoring for developing research proposals; and participation in career development activities will be strongly encouraged. They will also receive support to develop their personal research aligned with the broad goals of our laboratory and collaborators.
The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in one of the following disciplines: learning sciences, information sciences, computer science, learning technology, or a related field. The candidate must demonstrate an academic record of scientific excellence, independent research, and a strong interest in interdisciplinary research. Applicants with a strong background in data analytics (text analysis, sentiment analysis, intent-mining, NLP [natural language processing]), informal learning, learning in online communities, assessment and evaluation, engineering education, or related topics are particularly encouraged to apply.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
Criminal Background Check: Standard Background Check
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Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F9875z at http://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, CV, and a list of three professional references with contact information. To receive full consideration, applicants should apply by September 2, 2016, however applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. This is a one-year term appointment with the possibility of renewal based on the availability of funding.
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