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Postdoctoral Scholar, Connected Learning Lab

Recruitment Period

Open September 25th, 2019 through Friday, Jan 31, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


Postdoctoral Scholar, Connected Learning Lab

The Connected Learning Lab (UC Irvine) is seeking applicants for a postdoctoral scholar position. The position is part of a National Science Foundation funded project to investigate how informal programs can broaden participation by building social capital in STEM for youth from underrepresented groups. The project integrates social network analysis with research on informal learning, and draws on the “connected learning” framework for how to support diverse learners and connect learning across settings. The scholar will work with Dr. Mizuko Ito and a research team of graduate and undergraduate students. Research will include fieldwork in informal learning programs in Orange County and Los Angeles County; management and analysis of quantitative and qualitative datasets; writing of reports, articles, and presentations; translating research for broader audiences through blogs and reports; supervising undergraduate and graduate student researchers; and overseeing the submission and updating of human subjects protocols. Research, design, and writing will be conducted as part of a collaborative team effort with the principal investigator and others involved in the Lab.

The position will begin in Summer or Fall 2020 and continue for one year, with possible renewal for an additional year dependent upon satisfactory performance and the availability of funding. Annual salary ranges from $54,756 to $56,880 depending on experience.

Requirements: Candidates should have a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline or field, such as Anthropology, Sociology, or Education. Research background should include areas such as learning sciences, social inequity, social network analysis, youth studies, and informal learning. Preference will be given to applicants who have experience managing data and analyzing quantitative datasets using social network analysis. It is preferred that applicants have demonstrated success presenting and publishing journal articles. Fluency in Spanish is desirable. Evidence of collaborative and mixed methods research will also be valued. Driving in the Southern California region and travel will be required in this position to perform research, present results, and meet with collaborators.

To Apply: Applications should be submitted online at

Applications should include :

  1. Letter of Interest (including your relevant background and research skills)
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Three Letters of Reference
  4. Writing Sample

Please contact Jenna Abrams at with any questions about the application process.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Job location

Irvine, CA

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Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required