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Postdoctoral Researcher in Modeling Intraindividual Learning Trajectories with Intensive Longitudinal Data

Postdoctoral Researcher in Modeling Intraindividual Learning Trajectories with Intensive Longitudinal Data

Institute for Education

Postdoctoral Researcher in Modeling Intraindividual

Learning Trajectories with Intensive Longitudinal Data

The Institute of Education at the University of Zurich is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Re-

searcher for modeling intensive longitudinal educational testing data. The work load is negotiable and

the initial appointment will be until February 29, 2024. The position primarily involves work in the

methodological research project “Modeling Developmental Trajectories with Intensive Longitudinal

Data from Large-Scale Formative Assessments” funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (PI:

Prof. Dr. Martin Tomasik). It is a full research position with no teaching obligations, but teaching con-

tracts can be negotiated to temporarily or permanently complement a part-time employment in the


Your Responsibilities

The successful candidate will collaborate in a team comprising another post-doctoral researcher and a

PhD student. Against the backdrop of intensive longitudinal data from a computer-based tool for form-

ative student assessment (see Tomasik, Berger & Moser, 2019, in Frontiers of Education), the successful

candidate will apply and develop methods for modelling intraindividual learning trajectories and as-

sessment characteristics across different subject domains, investigate patterns of heterogeneity in these

trajectories, study the longitudinal dynamics between concepts and content domains, and investigate

contextual factors predicting learning trajectories. A significant portion of the working time will be de-

voted to prepare the results of this modelling for publication in scientific journals and presentation at

international conferences. The successful candidate might also be involved in mentoring a doctoral


Your Qualification Requirements

Qualified candidates should be self-driven and highly motivated individuals with an established track

record, including first-author publications in top-tier international journals. They should have a good

statistical and/or computational background in order to apply and contribute to development of meth-

ods such as item response theory, time-series analysis, dynamic systems, growth curve modelling and/or

other related methods capable of separating between-person and within-person variance, in order to

study interindividual differences in intraindividual change. A solid knowledge of item response theory,

good command of machine learning approaches, and programming skills (e.g., R, Python, C/C++,

MATLAB) are a strong advantage. The successful candidate should have obtained a doctoral degree in

psychology, mathematics, statistics, computer science, psychometrics, developmental measurement or

educational measurement no longer than seven years ago and bring along some experience – or at

least strong interest – in developmental and/or educational research. A good command of English

and/or German (as the working languages in the project) is mandatory, familiarity with any of the other

national languages (i.e., French and Italian) could be helpful.

Our Offer

We offer great working conditions on a unique data set (N ≈ 100.000) and the opportunity to signifi-

cantly expand one’s publication record. This interdisciplinary research project is conducted in collabo-

ration with leaders in the field of machine learning, signal processing theory, computational social sci-

ence, and data analytics. The University of Zurich provides great opportunities for networking within

and beyond the Digital Society Initiative (see https://www.dsi.uzh.ch/). The Institute offers an attrac-

tive salary plus a very generous social benefits package, five weeks of paid vacation per year, flexible

working hours as well as a highly motivated and supportive team of scientific and non-scientific per-


Application Procedure

To apply for this position, please submit in one single PDF file (1) a cover letter describing your past

training and your future research goals, highlighting why your background and interests are a good

match for the position, (2) a one-page curriculum vitae, (3) a full list of publications, (4) a copy of the

doctoral certificate, and (5) three writing samples (i.e., papers published or accepted for publication) to

Prof. Dr. Martin Tomasik (martin.tomasik@ife.uzh.ch). Letters of reference (if available) may be sent

directly to Prof. Dr. Martin Tomasik. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until

the position is filled. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications at their

earliest convenience. Preferred starting date is as soon as possible. Confidential inquiries concerning

this vacancy may either be directed to Prof. Dr. Martin Tomasik or Dr. Charles Driver


About Us

The research project is situated at the Chair of Methods for Developmental and Educational Research

within the Institute of Education (IFE) at University of Zurich. The IFE is the largest educational science

institute in Switzerland and conducts basic and applied research on central scientific and social issues

in formal, non-formal, and informal educational contexts such as school, family, the work environment,

or youth work (see https://www.ife.uzh.ch/en.html). The Institute for Educational Evaluation (IBE)

is a close collaboration partner, and is mainly engaged in the field of standardized performance meas-

urement. It carries out school effectiveness studies as well as educational surveys and longitudinal stud-

ies relevant to education. The IBE also develops software for large-scale adaptive testing and formative

assessment (see https://www.mindsteps.ch/) which is implemented in several cantons of Switzerland

and also used for research purposes. Located close to downtown Zurich and only seven minutes from

the main station, the Institute is perfectly accessible by public transportation. The city of Zurich itself

has consecutively been awarded “city with the world's best quality of life” seven times on Mercer re-

search. With its culture, nature and urban-style living, it offers numerous opportunities for leisure and

social life.

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