Job Listings : Stanford Graduate Research Assistantships in Educational Technologies

Company : Stanford University
Post Date : 04/21/2017
Type : Part Time

Stanford Graduate Research Assistantships in Educational Technologies

The Stanford Poetic Media Lab ( researches how people engage with narratives and media in new ways in the 21st century. As part of this mission, the lab designs platforms for students, teachers, and researchers to engage with narratives in new ways, particularly through the use of social and collaborative annotation and writing tools.

Lacuna, one of the Poetic Media Lab’s major platforms, is a digital annotation course tool that allows instructors and students to read and annotate course readings and materials. Lacuna has been used in Stanford classrooms for the past four years, and is also used at colleges and universities like UC Berkeley, Dartmouth, Princeton, and local community colleges like Foothill, De Anza, and San Mateo. You can learn more about the project at

As Lacuna continues to grow its learning community, we are looking for entrepreneurial graduate research assistants to help design and build new features for the platform, particularly features to increase accessibility for different kinds of students, at different learning levels, and for students using different technologies to access the platform (laptops, tablets, etc).

Ideally, candidates for this research assistantship have some technical or coding competency, and they are passionate about designing for teachers, students, and life-long learners. Former graduate student research assistants have used the experience to inform their dissertation research and write solo or co-authored publications in: education; learning, technology, and design; digital humanities, and human-computer interaction. As such we are particularly interested in graduate students whose own research agendas can benefit from the experience of building Lacuna features and/or studying how learning outcomes are affected by them. But we are also interested in candidates whose thesis or dissertation work is unrelated, but who are passionate about how technology can improve learning today!

RAships can start as soon as Summer 2017 (full or part time), and can continue throughout the 17-18 academic year. RAships can be set up for one or more quarters, as desired.

Candidates will ideally have intermediate competency in at LEAST one of the following technical areas:

Javascript (especially D3 visualizations)
Content management systems (such as Drupal or Wordpress)
Machine Learning or Natural Language Processing
OR, upcoming coursework where they will learn any of the above skills

Interested candidates can email the project PI, Dr. Brian Johnsrud, at to schedule a phone or in-person conversation to learn more about the position.

Overview Video of Lacuna