Graduate Student Research Assistant: LIFE Center

Deadline: Open Until Filled

The LIFE Center at the University of Washington is seeking a 20-hour per week graduate research assistant for a project related to mathematics learning (algebra and fractions) and games. The project is a partnership with computer scientists from the Center for Game Science at the University of Washington (Zoran Popovic, Director) and learning scientists from UW (John Bransford, PI). The effort is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Office of Naval Research (ONR).

The position is effective 9/16/13.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include:

Position requires a doctoral student in the College of Education to work 20 hours per week on a research project focused on designing and researching mathematics learning games. The person in this position will help accomplish the following project goals and tasks:

  • Assist in the design of research, measures and assessments
  • Participate with project team to review and user-test games with particular emphasis on their mathematics content (esp. algebra and fractions).
  • Assist in the design of teacher instructional materials related to the games
  • Assist in the planning and recruitment of research classrooms/sites
  • Collect data in classrooms and other research settings; data sources include fractions and algebra pre/posttest assessments, teacher and student interviews, observational and video data.
  • Assist with data analysis, conference presentations and manuscript preparation


  • Must be a UW graduate student enrolled in 10 credits per quarter.
  • Must have knowledge/experience in elementary/middle school mathematics education. Only those with knowledge of and experience with algebra and fractions will be considered.
  • Must have a flexible schedule that will allow data collection during school-day hours.

Desirable qualifications:

  • Interest and experience in working with elementary and middle school mathematics teachers and students.
  • Interest and experience in studying math learning games.

How to apply:

Please send a letter and resume via email to Dr. Nancy Vye

Review of applications will begin upon receipt and the position will remain open until filled.