Call for Postdoc

Call for Post-doctoral Scholar

University of Haifa

Faculty of Education

Department of Learning, Instruction, and Teacher Education

Technologies in Education Graduate Program

Israeli Center for Research Excellence: Learning in a NetworKed Society (ICORE LINKS)

Collaborative on Learning Communities Research Project (COOL)


Open October 1, 2013 through December 15, 2013


We seek a postdoctoral scholar to join the Collaborative on Learning Communities (COOL) research project in the learning sciences. The scholar will work within the framework of a multi-disciplinary project entitled LINKS – Learning in a NetworKed Society (See website for more details), within the Educational Technologies Program at the University of Haifa. LINKS is one of Israeli Centers of Research Excellence (ICORE), a multidisciplinary collaboration funded by the Government of Israel and endorsed by Israel’s Council of Higher Education. The center includes leaders in education, technology, and the social sciences within Israel.

The COOL research project is headed by Dr. Dani Ben-Zvi, senior lecturer at the University of Haifa, and founder of the Educational Technologies Graduate Program.

The scholar will join a team of researchers who are investigating learning processes within technology-enhanced learning communities. We focus on various socio-cultural mechanisms that are involved in learning in these communities, including social norms, group reflection, knowledge building, and collaborative technologies.

The work draws on current research from the learning sciences and computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL). A great deal of the research revolves around investigation of an emergent graduate level learning community. An introductory course, “Challenges and Approaches to Technology-Enhanced Learning and Teaching,” has been the subject of a number of studies, which now serve as a basis for further research.

The postdoctoral scholar will be an active and leading participant in the COOL research project, actively involved in all aspects of research work including collaborating with Master’s and Doctoral level students, faculty, as well as the broader LINKS network. The scholar will have the opportunity to learn about advances on learning communities by working intensively with various existing examples. In addition to these responsibilities, the scholar will be expected to play an active role in both national and international conferences, disseminating research findings and bringing new ideas to contribute to the existing COOL research group.


Candidates should have a background in the learning sciences, CSCL, and a Ph.D. or equivalent in education, psychology, computer science, or a related discipline. Experience in the design, implementation, assessment, and analysis of learning communities, understanding of qualitative research methods, and particularly micro-genetic techniques, are strong assets. Applicants should demonstrate the ability to work on a team, skill in collaborating with expert and novice researchers, interest in working in partnerships to develop innovations, strong writing skills, and interest in designing and analyzing complex research studies conducted in school and academic settings.

We seek a candidate who can start as early as late the beginning of 2014. The start date is negotiable. The position is for one year with possible renewal for a second and third year.



  • Statement of Purpose

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • One or more academic papers


3-5 references required (contact information only)

How to Apply?

Send the required document and references, or your questions, to Dr. Dani Ben-Zvi,

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