The Lifelong Kindergarten (LLK) group at the MIT Media Lab is seeking to hire an experienced software engineer to lead the development and contribute to research of new programmable applications to expand creative and playful learning opportunities for children internationally.
The Lifelong Kindergarten group (LLK) at the MIT Media Lab develops new technologies, activities, and communities to engage young people, from all backgrounds, in creative learning experiences. Our work interweaves research, practice, and outreach. We are deeply committed to improving the lives of young people, especially those from communities that face systemic inequities and injustices.
With Scratch (scratch.mit.edu), children create interactive stories, games, and animations and share their projects in a dynamic online community. Scratch is provided free of charge and is used by millions of young people in homes, schools, and community centers around the world. The Lifelong Kindergarten team led the first 12 years of development of Scratch and continues to collaborate on research and new initiatives in collaboration with the Scratch Foundation.
The Research Software Engineer will be an integral part of the research team developing and studying a new generation of mobile-phone apps that enable young people to express themselves creatively with code, building on the success of the Scratch programming language. The Research Software Engineering will lead the iterative development of these apps, working closely with other members of the team on experimenting, testing, and studying the use of the apps in a variety of different contexts. A major goal of this work is to expand creative and playful learning opportunities for young people around the world, especially for those who do not currently have access to Scratch or other creative coding tools.
The individual in this position will work closely with researchers, educators, and graduate students in the LLK group, and also collaborate with our educational partners, including the interdisciplinary team at the Scratch Foundation.
Reports to Mitchel Resnick, Professor of Learning Research, MIT Media Lab
This is a one-year full-time appointment with the possibility of extension based on the course of research and funding.
US work authorization is required. The position is based at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, MA.
To apply, go to https://hr.mit.edu/careers and search for job ID# 19168.
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