Postdoctoral Research Associate, National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC)-2014079
Come work with us! We are hiring a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join an interdisciplinary team of researchers, game designers, and educators to create Player-Programmed Partner Games here at Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy. We aim to create culturally relevant games that help mixed-age youth in out-of-school time settings develop coding and computational thinking skills, while exploring co-robotics scenarios where humans and robots partner to solve problems. In addition to making engaging and effective games, the team is committed to creatively addressing the constraints of low-resource informal STEM learning environments by reframing them as benefits.
Your primary responsibilities include:
Research project management including planning, scheduling and conducting learning research and workshop activities, tracking participant formwork and modifications of IRB protocols as needed for conducting studies with participating sites.
Organizing regular meetings with participating organizations and project team members to monitor implementation progress and work products; maintaining effective project team communications including calendaring, and meeting notes with partner sites.
Developing studies to address research questions using appropriate qualitative and quantitative data collection, processing, and analysis.
Conducting data collection in accordance with research protocols, using a combination of in-person, online, and participatory methods.
Producing scholarly articles and reports for publication resulting from studies; support the delivery of annual reports and communications to the NSF, advisors, and project partners about project activities.
Presenting research results with project team members to partners, advisors, and professional audiences at project workshops, professional and academic conferences.
Guiding and mentoring undergraduate research assistants in human-computer interaction, learning sciences, and game design research.
Collaborating on new research projects and grant writing activities.
PhD in Human-Computer Interaction, Learning Sciences, Education or other relevant programs.
Field research design including community-based research, participatory action research, and education evaluation.
Qualitative data collection, analysis and presentation, including interview design and coding and intervention observation standard practices.
Quantitative data collection, analysis, and presentation, including the ability to quickly learn new software programs and work with data in different environments and formats.
Working with colleagues and research subjects in multiple locations, often by phone.
Well-developed communication skills (written, presentation, and interpersonal) to experts and non-experts from a range of professional fields and academic disciplines.
Research project management.
Able to obtain Act 153 background clearances to work with minors upon hire.
Documented lived and/or professional experience with situations that affect racially marginalized groups and establishing rapport with minority participants.
This position is supervised by Dr. Ross Higashi (NREC). Dr. Jessica Hammer (HCII/ETC) will serve as the postdoctoral mentoring faculty. Additional opportunities for professional growth include co-teaching educational game and learning media design courses, and participating in grant writing and other project development activities.
Are you interested in this opportunity with us? Please apply.
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Job Function: Research
Primary Location: United States-Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh
Time Type: Full Time
Minimum Education Level: Doctorate or equivalent
Internal Number: 2014079
About Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon (www.cmu.edu) is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 12,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in the United States is in Pittsburgh, Pa. It has campuses in California’s Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico.