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University of Colorado Research Associate in Boulder, Colorado

Research Associate

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Colorado Boulder anticipates hiring a full-time postdoctoral fellow starting in Fall 2020/Spring 20201 for one year and renewable for a second year. The position includes a competitive salary commensurate with experience and full benefits.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Institute of Cognitive Science (ICS) fosters rich scientific interchange across researchers from a broad range of fields including Artificial Intelligence, Linguistics, Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Philosophy, and Education. The mission of the Institute of Cognitive Science at CU-Boulder is to understand and enhance human cognition, learning, and development through the creation of interdisciplinary partnerships.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Develop and apply computational techniques to analyze data from students’ log files in conjunction with other signals (e.g., facial expressions, verbal contributions) across a range of domains (e.g., learning from MOOCs, educational games, collaborative problem solving, reading) and contexts (e.g., online, classroom, and lab).

The candidate will work with Dr. Sidney D’Mello and will play a collaborative and co-leadership role in a vibrant research team encompassing researchers in Computer Science, Cognitive Science, Psychology/Neuroscience, and Education.

Principal Duties

  • Develop/apply computational techniques for assessment and intervention.

  • Embed data mining models into educational learning platforms.

  • Dissemination of project results by leading publication efforts.

  • Mentor graduate and undergraduate students.

What You Should Know

The position offers a unique postdoctoral training experience and unsurpassed publishing opportunities within multi-department and multi-institution grant-funded projects. The postdoc will be encouraged to develop advanced technical skills, strengthen their research portfolios via peer-reviewed publications, gain interdisciplinary experience by working with a diverse team, develop leadership skills by mentoring students, and gain expertise in co-authoring grant proposals.

What We Can Offer

  • 1-2 year position. The initial contract is for one year (providing renewal after a 6-month probationary period). The second-year contract is based on performance and extension to a third year is possible.

  • The start date is negotiable but anticipated for Fall 2020 or Spring 2021.

  • Competitive salary with benefits commensurate with qualifications. This position is eligible for medical, dental, and life insurance, retirement benefits programs, and is eligible for monthly vacation and sick leave accruals.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

What We Require

  • Ph.D. in Computer Science or a related technical field (at the time of hire).

  • Published research in developing/applying computational techniques to analyze educational data.

  • Experience in machine learning (especially deep learning), and/or statistical modeling (e.g., IRT).

What You Will Need

  • Strong writing skills and ability to conduct independent research as evidenced by first-author publications.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  • Resume/CV

  • Cover Letter

  • List of References: Contact information for three references.

  • Professional Publications: Three representative publications [as one pdf ].

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, pregnancy, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.