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Applications are being taken for two postdoctoral positions housed at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), Department of Informatics with additional research and training activities at the University of California, Irvine, Department of Psychological Science. These postdoctoral fellowships are associated with the newly launched Jacobs CERES (“Connecting the EdTech Research EcoSystem”) Center. The CERES Center is the hub of a collaborative network developed to help tailor digital technologies for children. The postdoctoral fellows will work with Drs. Candice Odgers, Gillian Hayes and Stephen Schueller on projects that span developmental, clinical and computer science. The postdoctoral fellows will also have the opportunity to work with other members of the CERES Center at UCI, including other faculty and graduate students, and the CERES network more broadly. 

The CERES network brings together global leaders in computer science, psychology, neuroscience, education, and educational technology. CERES is supported by the Jacobs Foundation. The CERES Center at UCI is led by Candice Odgers (Psychological Science) and Gillian Hayes (Informatics) and includes work focused on improving the accessibility of EdTech, considering diverse outcomes in technologies include social-emotional learning, wellness, and mental health, and better understanding the impact of technology on youth and adolescent’s wellness and mental health. The postdoctoral fellow will also be expected to participate and contribute to trainings, workshops, and collaborative opportunities as a member of the CERES Center.

Primary activities for the fellow will include:

  • Assisting in quantitative data analysis with a preference for data science, big data, or intensive longitudinal data  
  • Participating in CERES Center activities including presentations, workshops, meetings
  • Preparing scientific outputs including presentations and publications
  • Supporting CERES Center project logistics


  • PhD or equivalent in psychology, public health, or related field
  • Strong methodological background in quantitative methods
  • Knowledge of statistical software in associated methodologies (e.g., SAS, MPlus, R, Stata for quantitative analysis)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Previous experience conducting research with diverse stakeholders including, but not limited to, community-based organizations, industry partners, schools 

Appointments are for two years, with an option to extend to three years, pending budgetary approval. Salary is competitive. Start Date: Summer 2023 or Fall 2023, with opportunities for remote work. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants who contribute to UCI’s mission and commitment to inclusive excellence are encouraged to apply and discuss this contribution in their Inclusive Excellence Activities Statement. To apply: Please submit application materials to (Job #JPF07663: Informatics / Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences / UC Irvine). In the cover letter please include the following statement: “TO THE ATTENTION OF Candice Odgers, Gillian Hayes and Stephen Schueller.” 


Questions? Please contact Candice Odgers (, Gillian Hayes ( or Stephen Schueller (