Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Educational and Data Science, University of Reading, UK

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Title: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Educational and Data Science

Place: School of Psychology and Clinical Language Science, University of Reading, UK
PI: Kou Murayama (http://koumurayama.com)

Term: Full-time, 2.5 years

Application website: https://jobs.reading.ac.uk/displayjob.aspx?jobid=4496

We are seeking a postdoctoral research fellow to undertake research in the Motivation Science Lab (PI: Kou Murayama; http://koumurayama.com) at the University of Reading in educational and data science, specifically to examine the function of interest and curiosity in education using publicly-available data.

The successful candidate will be part of a big interdisciplinary team funded by the prestigious Leverhulme Research Leadership Award — a 5-year £1M award. We aim to establish an integrative theory of human interest and its relations to extrinsic rewards, combining psychological, neural, computational, and applied perspectives.

The postdoctoral research fellow will work on a project that applies multivariate statistical analysis and/or machine learning to examine the role of interest and curiosity in education, with additional possibility to work on an educational intervention study.

The position will be for 2.5 years (full-time) and the expected start date is on May 1st, 2019 (negotiable).

The School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences at the University of Reading was ranked in the top 20 (15th) in the UK in its unit of assessment in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework based on research power. The university provides cutting-edge computational facilities to conduct a variety of advanced statistical analysis and statistical simulation.

You will need to have:

  • PhD in Psychology, Education, Applied Statistics, or other related discipline (or working towards completion)
  • Good knowledge about education science in general (ideally good knowledge on motivation research in education)
  • Good data analysis skills (multivariate statistical analysis, longitudinal data analysis, machine learning, etc.): Please specify the type of analysis and program that you can use.
  • Evidence of having published peer-reviewed papers on the relevant topics.
  • Ability to work independently, good organizational skills, and good interpersonal skills.

Interview date: March 11, 2019

Informal contact details:
Contact role: Line Manager (PI)
Contact name: Kou Murayama
Contact email: k.murayama@reading.ac.uk

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