Postdoctoral Position in Online Teaching, Learning and Measurement Project

University of California Irvine School of Education

Postdoctoral Scholar, Online teaching, learning and measurement project

Job #JPF07913
  • School of Education / School of Education / UC Irvine

Application Window

Open date: October 3, 2022

Next review date: Friday, Nov 4, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Nov 30, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The School of Education at University of California, Irvine is seeking multiple full-time Postdoctoral Scholars to work on a project that intends to identify promising ways to improve postsecondary measurement, instructional effectiveness and student outcomes in fully online programs. Salary and rank within the Postdoctoral Scholar series commensurate with experience. The appointment is for two years, with possibility of renewal based on performance and availability of funding.

Responsibilities: The postdoctoral scholar will work on a number of sub-projects related to measurement and improvement of online teaching and learning at community colleges. Responsibilities include collaborating with faculty PI and co-PIs on the project; assisting with project management, including communication with the college partner; collecting and analyzing one or multiple of the following data resources depending on the postdoc’s expertise and interests, including student surveys, behavioral trace data (clickstream, text data, etc.) from online learning management systems, and longitudinal college administrative data; developing and implementing educational interventions in online courses; publishing and presenting findings; writing funding proposals to seek additional external support; consulting with and mentoring teams of graduate and undergraduate students; managing communication, training sessions, and dissemination of research results; and coordinating the personnel and facilities within the project team.

● Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in related fields, such as Education, Psychology, Learning Sciences, Information Science, or Economics;
● A good record of research productivity in one or multiple fields including higher education, adult learning, digital learning, learning analytics, self-regulated learning, or motivation
● Proficient in one or multiple quantitative research methods, such as regression modeling, causal inference, data mining, machine learning, and intensive longitudinal methods, and software to implement them (e.g., Stata, R, Python)
● Experience in designing and implementing educational interventions especially in online contexts (not required but desirable)
● Experience working with longitudinal administrative data, survey data, digital log data, or text data
● Advanced expertise in academic writing and editing for peer-reviewed scholarly articles
● Successful experience in writing human subjects protocols
● Demonstrated ability to work well with others, including both receiving direction and providing direction;
● Expertise in collaborating with college administrators and leading interdisciplinary research initiatives and teams.

To Apply: Applications should be submitted online at Please submit a cover letter describing your relevant expertise and interests, a curriculum vitae, and sample paper or publication, and names and contact information of three references.

Questions about the position may be addressed to Associate Professor Di Xu at or Professor Richard Arum at Questions about submission or receipt of applications can be addressed to Laurie Andress-Delaney at


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in related fields, such as Education, Psychology, Learning Sciences, Information Science, or Economics.

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Campus Information

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.