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Postdoctoral Scholar in the Digital Learning Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: February 11th, 2020

Next review date: Thursday, Mar 12, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Mar 12, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


A postdoctoral scholar is needed in the Digital Learning Lab at the University of California, Irvine, to support research on the use of conversational agents for learning. Research will support federally funded projects that are designing, implementing, and evaluating interactive videos incorporating conversational science to help children ages 4 to 6 develop their language ability and scientific knowledge.

Research will involve writing and revising conversational scripts; programming those scripts into interactive videos; managing relations and communications with grant partners, research sites, advisory board members, and participating faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students, designing experiments; developing and refining measures and instruments; training and leading teams in data collection and analysis; submitting and updating human subjects protocols; and writing reports, articles, presentations, and grant proposals.

Position will begin between January 1, 2021 and July 1, 2021 (negotiable) and continue for one year, with possibility of renewal pending funding.

Requirements: Candidates must possess a doctoral degree in Education or a related field prior to the start date; knowledge and experience in programming conversational agents using Dialogflow; knowledge and experience in editing videos for incorporation of conversational agents; prior research and publication related to language learning and science development for young children; prior research on the use of conversational agents in young children’s learning; expertise and experience in both qualitative and quantitative educational research; and prior experiences in leading research teams in the collection of field data.

To Apply: Applications should be submitted online at
Please include a cover letter explaining your relevant background and interest in this project, CV, and names of three references (please do not solicit letters).

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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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)