Research Scientist

Conducting experimental and computational research in the real world using ASSISTments

Multiple Research Scientist positions are available at Worcester Polytechnic Institute to bridge practical real-world education and scientific research on learning, being advised by Professor Neil Heffernan. These are caused by slew of recent grants that you would be able to work on. Below we describe one such project.

Dr. Heffernan and his team have been funded by the NSF to help dozens of researchers to use the E-TRIALS Testbed as a shared scientific instrument, and we want someone to be a part of that mission.

ASSISTments is a platform that combines large-scale online education (like Khan Academy & MOOCs) with technology for rigorous scientific research using randomized experiments and data mining.

The applicant must have a Ph.D. by the start of the position in education, psychology, computer science, information science or a related field. The initial appointment is for one year, renewable based on mutual interest and continued funding. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Conduct a range of interdisciplinary research across education, psychology, human-computer interaction, data mining and machine learning.
  • Support, systematize, and guide platform engineering for the process of having external researchers from multiple disciplines conduct research within ASSISTments.
  • Propose randomized controlled trials to be run in ASSISTments problem sets, developing assessments, data mining, and using machine learning and “MOOClets” to optimally transition from randomized experiments to maximizing and adaptively personalizing student learning.

For more information, learn about the Stages for Research with ASSISTments.

To apply go here. If you have any questions please contact