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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Posting Details

Posting Information

Posting Number FAECC752
Advertised Title Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
Campus Location Main Campus (Memphis, TN)
Position Number 021093
Category Full-Time Faculty
Department Institute for Intelligent Systems
Position Summary

The Institute for Intelligent Systems in conjunction with the Psychology Department at the University of Memphis invites applications for a 2-year funded postdoctoral fellow position is available for a collaborative project led by Dr. Phil Pavlik and Neil Zimmerman, funded by Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Alphabet, Inc. This University-Industry collaboration builds upon the multi-site LearnSphere educational data consortium (, a 5-year project sponsored by the Database Infrastructure Building Blocks program at NSF. The full-time research fellow will work in collaboration with Pavlik, Zimmerman, and McGraw-Hill Education on a project to optimize the adaptive scheduling used in McGraw-Hill practice applications designed to learn domain knowledge efficiently. The research will occur in 3 stages, a first stage of describing an adaptive computational model of the existing data, a second stage where the optimal conditions for adaptive learning are determined for this model following techniques described in Pavlik and Anderson (2008), and a third stage where we compare the new scheduling algorithm with the current McGraw-Hill scheduling system.

The postdoc will spend approximately half-time in Memphis and half-time in Boston, which can be negotiated at the time of hiring. At Memphis the postdoc will be affiliated with the Institute for Intelligent Systems, an interdisciplinary center of research. In Boston the postdoc would be part of a dynamic team of learning science professionals making products for the educational market. All candidates should be highly motivated and focused.

Minimum Position Qualifications

A Ph.D. in Psychology, Computer Science, or related field, with a strong technical background. Experience with mathematical models of student learning.

Special Conditions

This is a non-tenure tract position for two years.

Posting Date 02/22/2018
Closing Date
Open Until Screening Begins No
Hiring Range competitive
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time: Benefits Eligible
Special Instructions to Applicants

You will be required to upload a curriculum vitae, a cover letter describing your research interests, and contact information for three letters of recommendation writers. Application review will begin 3/16/18, and may continue until the position is filled.

Instructions to Applicant regarding references

The Institute for Intelligent Systems has established that reference letters must be submitted in order to be fully considered for this position. You must submit an email address for three reference providers as well as telephone numbers. The system, workForum, will send an email to your reference providers. You have the ability to track the status of these reference letters online. Please call Mattie Haynes at 901-678-4099 if you have any questions concerning reference letters.

Is this posting for UofM employees only? No

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. References List
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document 1
  2. Other Document 2
  3. Article Reprint 1
  4. Article Reprint 2
  5. Article Reprint 3
  6. Other Document 3