Postdoctoral Fellow in Children’s Mathematics Learning with External Knowledge Representations Montreal, Quebec, Canada


The Mathematics Teaching and Learning Lab, directed by Helena Osana in the Department of Education at Concordia University, seeks candidates for a two-year postdoctoral position beginning summer of 2017. The postdoctoral fellow will be involved in all aspects of an ongoing federally-funded program of research on children’s use of external knowledge representations (e.g., manipulatives, drawings, formal symbols). The Fellow will examine the instructional, contextual, and cognitive conditions that are conducive to developing conceptual understanding in mathematics, especially with respect to children’s interpretations of representations in elementary classroom settings. The Fellow will design and lead research studies that involve: recruiting participants, collecting data with children in school settings, analyzing data and disseminating findings at conferences and in Tier I journals, and mentoring graduate students. The Fellow will also initiate and sustain collaborations with internal and external scholars.

In addition to the activities associated with this program of research, the Fellow will have opportunities for multiple academic activities, including preparing grant applications, working with existing data sets, and supporting and initiating related studies in the Mathematics Teaching and Learning Lab.


Eligibility and Requirements:

The ideal candidate will have a background in educational psychology, developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, or related field, with strong interest in mathematical cognition and instruction. Excellent scientific writing skills and a strong publication record is desired. Experience collecting data with children is required, and knowledge of schools is an asset. Expertise in statistical analyses and the use of statistical software packages (e.g., SPSS) is essential and candidates with strong project management skills are preferred. Applicants should be able to work independently and with minimal supervision, but should also demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, a dedication to children and children’s learning, and an interest in working collaboratively with other scholars and practitioners.

To apply, please email a CV, a statement of postdoctoral interests and goals, and the names and contact information for two references who can be contacted for letters of recommendation.

Please send these materials to Helena P. Osana.

Please feel free to direct any questions you may have directly to Dr. Osana.