Job: Learning Technologies Design Research Specialist at University of Wisconsin-Madison

Position Vacancy Listing: PVL# 73108

Working title: Learning Technologies Design Research Specialist


Degree and area of specialization:

PhD in Learning Sciences, Computer Science, Cognitive Science, or Statistics or related field.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

Minimum of three years of experience in the following (years of post doc experience may be included):


Skills in experience design, interface design, and developing software for learning. Excellent software engineering, programming and tool development skills in a design research setting. Deep understanding of assessment in formal and informal learning contexts.


Postdoc experience preferred. Understanding of game design, evidence-centered design, situated assessment practices, performance assessments, data visualization, and large-scale data sets.

Experienced in iterative software development approaches, and working in interdisciplinary teams. Programming in web authoring environments (Ruby-on-Rails preferred), web databases, and statistics packages (e.g. R). Experience leading software engineering teams that create multi-tiered data rich systems. Experience designing back-end assessments for learning environments in and out of school contexts.

Experience with Facebook and Twitter APIs.

Principal duties:

This position will advance research for the Educational Research and Integration Area at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery (see by (i) creating innovative interactive environments for learning, (ii) improving our understanding of data gathering and mining techniques for analyzing interactions in those environments, (iii) collaborating with web developers to build tools and interfaces for researchers, learners, parents, administrators, and other stakeholders to analyze learning.

This position will be responsible for identifying research problems, designing methods, and performing and monitoring the research, including writing research grants, writing scientific manuscripts on the work, presenting the scientific work at national and international meetings, developing related software packages, developing the research project and furthering the scientific knowledge in this research area. This position will also coordinate projects with the rest of the lab and external collaborators.

Additional Information:

This appointment will require understanding of game-based learning techniques, interest in and capacity to collaborate with researchers across fields and problem areas in the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. To ensure consideration, applications must be received by 22 May 2012 but review of applications will continue until the position is filled. To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, 3 references and 3 writing samples to Elizabeth Misco, 3120C Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, 330 N Orchard St, Madison, WI 53715,, fax: 608-346-4660.

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring. A period of evaluation will be required.

Appointment type:  Academic Staff
Department(s):  GRAD/WI INST DISC
Full time salary rate:  Minimum $40,055 ANNUAL (12 months) Depending on Qualifications
Term:  This is a renewable appointment.
Appointment percent:  50% – 100%
Anticipated begin date:  MAY 27, 2012
Number of positions:  1


Application must be received by:  MAY 22, 2012


Unless another application procedure has been specified above, please send resume and cover letter referring to Position Vacancy Listing #73108 to

Elizabeth Misco
333 N Randall Ave
Room 3120C
Madison, WI 53715-1003

Phone: 608-316-4338
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY SERVICE for further information.)


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