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Postdoctoral Scholar: Connecting the EdTech Research Ecosystem (CERES) Center

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School / Campus / College: College of Engineering

Organization: Human Centered Design & Engineering

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar: Connecting the EdTech Research Ecosystem (CERES) Center

Position Details

Position Description

The University of Washington invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar to work on projects related to the Connecting the EdTech Research Ecosystem (CERES) Center funded by the Jacob’s Foundation. The postdoctoral scholar will be appointed in the Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering, College of Engineering at the University of Washington.

In collaboration with project PIs Drs. Julie Kientz, Alexis Hiniker, and Jason Yip, the postdoctoral scholar will collaborate on projects relating to the new digital divide, accessible education, computer supported collaborative learning, algorithmic education, and/or evidence-based digital learning. Specific projects will be a combination of supporting existing and emerging threads of research in the above areas as well as developing new projects led by the postdoctoral scholar in these areas. Although the appointment will be housed in Human Centered Design & Engineering, the scholar will also collaborate closely with the UW Information School.

The Postdoctoral Scholar will also have the opportunity to engage and network with researchers across the University of Washington through the DUB group, the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, UW KidsTeam, as well as broader Seattle-area collaborators at Seattle Children’s and local industry leaders in the area. There will also be an opportunity to network across the CERES network and develop new skills through the CERES Scholars program. The three PIs are experienced mentors and are dedicated to developing the career of the postdoctoral scholar for the next phase beyond this position.

The position will begin as early as September 2022 and offer an initial one-year term with the possibility for a second-year renewal. The base salary range for this position will be $5,459/month ($65,508/year), commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination.

You can read more about the CERES at: 

Postdoctoral Scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website



  • Applicants must have a PhD, EdD, or foreign equivalent by date of appointment. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • An ability to work in a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary environment, including demonstrated success in working with children and/or diverse populations
  • Prior experience with design methods and/or mixed methods
  • Experience with mentoring junior students is desired

We will consider candidates who have accepted faculty positions at another institution but with the ability to defer their start date.


Application Instructions

  • A cover letter describing your interest in this position; and explicitly addressing past, present, and/or future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion (e.g., contributions that center, address, or support under-represented groups such as women, minorities, people with disabilities, people of lower socio-economic status, among others)
  • Curriculum vitae, including names and contact information of three references 
  • Two published papers, or equivalent writing samples that demonstrate expertise and fit for the position
  • A brief research statement that outlines your research achievements and goals
  • A link to a professional webpage and/or Google scholar page (if applicable).

Applications will be accepted until filled. Review of applications will begin immediately. Interested candidates should contact Julie Kientz at 

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