Jan 08, 2018

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Applied Psychology of Learning

  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • St. Louis, MO, United States
Postdoc Applied Psychology Cognitive Education

Job Description

The Memory Dynamics Laboratory at Washington University in St. Louis, under the direction of Dr. Andrew C. Butler, invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position. The fellow will work closely with Dr. Butler and his collaborators from across the country on grant-funded research that investigates how to implement principles and findings from the science of learning within educational practice. Themes that are being explored in this project include higher-order learning, the interplay between learning and motivation, personalization and individual differences, and the impact of technology on learning. An important goal of this position is to provide a postdoctoral experience that will facilitate the Fellow’s development as a scholar in preparation for a career in academia.

The Memory Dynamics Laboratory is situated in the Department of Education, but it also has strong ties to the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences and The Center for Integrative Research on Cognition, Learning, and Education (CIRCLE). More information is available via the links below: 

       Memory Dynamics Laboratory: https://sites.wustl.edu/mdl1/

       Department of Education: http://education.wustl.edu

       Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences: http://psychweb.wustl.edu

       CIRCLE: https://circle.wustl.edu

       Washington University in St. Louis: http://www.wustl.edu

Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Andrew C. Butler (andrew.butler@wustl.edu).

Required Qualifications

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, cognitive science, learning sciences, educational psychology, educational technology, social psychology, or a related field. The ideal candidate will have a background in experimental research on learning, a strong record of refereed publications, experience conducting research in applied settings, and a passion for improving education. The position is available beginning in Summer 2018, but start date is flexible.

Applicant Instructions 

Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vita, statement of research interests, and reference letters from three people who can describe the applicant’s background, interests, and research potential.

Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted electronically.  Please visit the Washington University Human Resources web page (https://jobs.wustl.edu) and search for job requisition number 38608. Candidates should create an account, complete the application form and upload a CV and supporting materials. Please follow the directions below for uploading documents to your profile. 

  1. Log into your account. Click on ‘My Activities’.
  2. Click on ‘Add Attachment’.
  3. Choose attachment type and purpose and click ‘Upload Attachment’.
  4. Browse for document on your computer and upload file.

You may upload your documents as one file or individual files.

Letters of reference and questions should be e-mailed directly to Dr. Andrew Butler.

Applications will be considered until the search is concluded. In order to assure full consideration, candidates must submit an online application and all supporting materials by February 1. After this date, review of applications will continue on a rolling basis until the search is concluded.

EEO/AA Statement

All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply. Washington University is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to employing and advancing in employment all qualified persons regardless of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or genetic information.

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