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Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Morgridge College of Education

at University of Denver

Posted: 8/30/2018
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 3532
Keywords: teaching

Job Description

The University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education ( invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship with Dr. Julie Sarama, Kennedy Endowed Chair in Innovative Learning Technologies and Distinguished University Professor, Kennedy Institute for Educational Success and Co-Executive Director, Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Dr. Douglas Clements Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning and Distinguished University Professor, Kennedy Institute for Educational Success, and Co-Executive Director, Marsico Institute for Early Learning. MCE’s mission and vision are aligned with the larger University, with our goals to train global leaders who employ innovative and effective approaches to advance learning, development, health and wellness throughout the lifespan, and who promote educational and social equity. Our college emphasizes the highest standards of ethics, professionalism, multicultural sensitivity, and competence.


Position Summary

The Marsico Postdoctoral Research Fellowship is an opportunity to participate in multiple research projects involving applied scientific research in education, including research-and-development projects (i.e., mathematics assessment and discourse, the investigation of the validity of research-based learning trajectories) and analyses of data from large-scale investigations of the effectiveness of mathematics interventions using randomized trials and other methodologies.


The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will collaborate with the Kennedy endowed chairs, Directors, and research staff of the Marsico Institute, participating in different phases of various projects, including study design, data collection, data analysis, and publication of results. There will also be opportunities to conduct professional development, train in assessments, develop tools for teachers and other research teams, co-teach university courses and collaborate with other researchers and other postdoctoral fellows throughout the University of Denver. In addition, the Fellow will have the opportunity to attend national meetings and workshops individualized to extend their knowledge of research.


Essential Functions

The Fellow will be encouraged to develop their own research agenda, within the scope of these projects (, as well as their own proposals for external funding. While not required, preference will be given to applicants with focus or content knowledge in the learning and teaching of early mathematics. The fellow will have an opportunity to engage in the following:

  • Take a leadership role in a large funded project.;
  • Use state-of-the-art research methodologies;
  • Study and develop resources for in-depth learning and teaching;
  • Study the use of technology with young children;
  • Study the use of technology in professional development;
  • Conduct research and development projects on teaching, learning, assessment, and/or professional development;
  • Study the psychology and pedagogical characteristics of learning trajectories;
  • Collaborate with professors from varied disciplines; and
  • Apply sophisticated multi-method research techniques to address problems of practice.


Required Qualifications

  • Earned doctorate or advanced degree in the fields of mathematics education; early childhood education; developmental psychology; special education; learning sciences; research design, evaluation, and statistics; or other related fields.


Work Schedule

Monday – Friday, specific hours to be determined with hiring manager.


Application Deadline

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. This appointment will commence between September 1 and October 22, 2018.


Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Questions regarding this position should be directed to Dr. Julie Sarama ( or Dr. Douglas Clements (; questions regarding the application process should be directed to


Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter


The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LBGT community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. 


All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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