We invite applications from candidates interested in advancing Harvard’s ongoing research on assessing and improving residential, blended, and open digital learning environments.

Research Scientist
The research scientist will work as part of team of post-doctoral and staff researchers who support the mission of VPAL at Harvard University.  S/he will conduct original research, synthesize and apply relevant extant research, and develop and implement assessments aligned with Harvard’s core teaching and learning mission. Fellows will convene with related research groups to share expertise, provide feedback on each other’s efforts, and collaborate on projects of mutual interest. As appropriate, insights gained through this research will be disseminated through a mix of internal reports, in-person presentations, posters, publishable academic manuscripts, and other channels to maximize impact on practice.

VPAL Research Programmer
The VPAL research programmer will support our research program in pedagogy and education by managing the data obtained from online and mixed online and residential courses. The person filling this position will work with faculty, staff researchers, post-doctoral fellows and course developers at HarvardX. The research programmer will also work with technology partners including HUIT, edX, and potentially others to define data to be collected, establish secure workflows for the transfer and storage of this data, and define, prepare, and present datasets extracted from the raw data collected. This person will also be a liaison and member of a technical community that will define and implement the next generation of tools for teaching and learning, both on-line and on-campus. She or he will be expected to act as a voice for educational research interests within that community.