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Post-Doctoral Fellow for STEM Education and Computational Thinking Projects at Northwestern University



Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy seeks applicants for a postdoctoral fellow in the learning sciences. The start date is as soon as possible and the expected duration of the position is two years with possibility of renewal for a third. The candidate will be part of a team of researchers, faculty, and teachers involved in a newly funded initiative by the National Science Foundation as well as an ongoing project with the Spencer Foundation. The goal of the project is to broaden participation in computing fields, increase student interest in STEM fields, and bring classroom curriculum more in line with science as practiced in the 21st century. In this effort we will develop, implement, and evaluate computational activities for high school and middle school STEM classrooms. The project will focus primarily on under-resourced schools and underrepresented youth to improve the equity of and access to the highest quality educational materials. We are also conducting research with scientists to better understand how they use computation in their science practice, and building a comprehensive taxonomy for computational thinking in STEM.

This position provides opportunities for in-depth qualitative and quantitative research in schools as well as in science laboratories. Successful candidates will be comfortable conducting research in school and classroom environments and coordinating with teachers and administrators. The candidate will be part of a collaborative research team involving Northwestern faculty from computer science and learning sciences. This is a dynamic and vibrant collaborative environment comprised of faculty, post-docs, students, computer programmers, modelers, and curriculum developers.

The candidate would co-supervise the work of graduate students and staff, publish research papers, contribute to grant writing and materials development, work closely with implementing schools, and help shape the overall scope and direction of the research. There will be close mentorship from the PIs (Uri Wilensky & Michael Horn) as well as opportunities to learn from other truly outstanding senior scholars and practitioners. Fellows will fully participate in research laboratories including the Center for Connected Learning and Computer-Based Modeling (CCL) and the Tangible Interaction Design and Learning (TIDAL) Lab.

A successful candidate will have a doctorate in learning sciences or a related field (e.g., science education, computer science education), strengths in research methods, a science background, good communication skills, experience with classroom-based research, and be a strong writer. Preference will be given to applicants with expertise in computational education and prior work with middle or high school teachers and students.

Minorities and women are strongly urged to apply. Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.  Northwestern University is located in an attractive lakefront community adjacent to Chicago. For more information about the School of Education and Social Policy, go to

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, sample publications and the names and contact info of 3 references to Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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