Mar 12, 2018

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

  • University of Memphis
  • 365 Innovation Dr, Memphis, TN, USA
Full time Applied Psychology Cognitive Quantitative Statistics

Job Description

 Schmidt University-Industry Postdoc Fellowship with University of Memphis and McGraw Hill

The Institute for Intelligent Systems in conjunction with the Psychology Department at the University of Memphis invites applications for a 2-year funded postdoctoral fellow position is available for a collaborative project led by Dr. Pavlik and Neil Zimmerman, funded by Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Alphabet, Inc. This University-Industry collaboration builds upon the multi-site LearnSphere educational data consortium (, a 5-year project sponsored by the Database Infrastructure Building Blocks program at NSF. The full-time research fellow will work in collaboration with Pavlik, Zimmerman, and McGraw-Hill Education on a project to optimize the adaptive scheduling used in McGraw-Hill practice applications designed to learn domain knowledge efficiently. The research will occur in 3 stages, a first stage of describing an adaptive computational model of the existing data, a second stage where the optimal conditions for adaptive learning are determined for this model following techniques described in Pavlik and Anderson (2008), and a third stage where we compare the new scheduling algorithm with the current McGraw-Hill scheduling system.

 The postdoc will spend approximately half-time in Memphis and half-time in Boston, which can be negotiated at the time of hiring. At Memphis the postdoc will be affiliated with the Institute for Intelligent Systems, an interdisciplinary center of research. In Boston the postdoc would be part of a dynamic team of learning science professionals making products for the educational market. All candidates should be highly motivated and focused.

 Desired qualifications include:

  • PhD in Psychology, Computer Science, or related field
  • Experience with mathematical models of student learning

 Please complete an online application at  Click on the faculty box to find the posting for Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.  You will be required to upload a curriculum vitae, statement of research interests and experience, contact information for three letters of recommendation writers and copies of publications.  

For any questions regarding this position, please contact:  Philip I Pavlik Jr., Associate Professor, Principal Investigator of Memphis LearnSphere Project, Cognitive Area Director, Institute for Intelligent Systems and Psychology Department.


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