Postdoctoral position, Harvard Graduate School of Education

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Harvard University Graduate School of Education

Postdoctoral Position in Computational Thinking and Ecosystems Science Education

The Harvard University Graduate School of Education seeks to fill a postdoctoral fellowship in computational thinking and ecosystems science education. The focus of this one or two year postdoctoral fellowship is to study the development and feasibility of an elementary school curriculum, EcoMOD (Model/Modify, Observe, Design), based on computational thinking within a virtual ecosystem and being developed under a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Candidates must have an earned doctoral degree in an appropriate discipline prior to starting the appointment. The successful applicant will have a demonstrated ability to engage in creative scholarship/research in computational thinking in education. The responsibilities of the position include working as part of a collaborative team with faculty, researchers, and graduate students at the Harvard Graduate School of Education on the development of and research on the design of programs that enable elementary students to use computational models within immersive interfaces for ecosystems science education.

This program is open to all qualified U.S. citizens and permanent resident aliens without regard to race, age, gender, religion, color, national origin, or physical disability. The appointment will begin as soon as possible and no later than January 2017 and would run for one to two years.

Essential attributes for this position include: formal academic credentials and a background in computational thinking. Desirable attributes for this position include: formal academic credentials in learning sciences or a related field (e.g., science education, ecosystems science or biological sciences, computer science, etc.), experience in some form of ecosystems science or computational thinking/education; background in systems modeling, experience with curriculum development, and experience with pre-college classroom-based research, and a focus on elementary education as most desirable.

More information about the project is available at this link: and on our website:

Application review will begin on October 1, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled.

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The Harvard Graduate School of Education prepares students and professionals of diverse backgrounds for positions of leadership in research and practice in education, and is an affirmative action employer. Applications from women, minorities, and from residents of all countries are strongly encouraged.

Application Instructions: 

Prospective applicants should email a curriculum vita and letter of application to: Dr. Chris Dede Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies Graduate School of Education, Harvard University 323 Longfellow Hall, 13 Appian Way Cambridge, MA 02138 617-495-3839 (voice) 617-495-9268 (fax)

Start Date: 

Fall 2016