Research Assistant – STEM

The Concord Consortium, a nonprofit research and development organization dedicated to transforming STEM education through technology, is looking for a Research Assistant specializing in STEM education, design-based research, and/or classroom-based research. The Research Assistant will work in our Concord, MA, offices with senior research personnel to assist with research on learning in formal and informal settings. The Research Assistant will contribute to research on novel learning materials that integrate modeling, sensor-based laboratories, performance assessments, and software to help students achieve a deeper understanding of core ideas in biological and physical sciences. The Research Assistant will also be involved in data collection and analysis and support evaluation of teacher workshops, teacher preparation, and classroom enactments. The Research Assistant will help study the impact and use of technologically enhanced, NGSS-aligned curriculum and assessment materials in high school classrooms. We’re looking for a team player who is excited to work in a stimulating, technology-rich environment to help make a difference in education.

This position will work on multi-year research projects, including the following:

InquirySpace – This project is developing technology for data collection and analysis, curriculum rich in science practices, and educative teacher materials to support learning science by doing science. This project builds on prior work that has demonstrated the feasibility of using a sequence of physics activities that significantly improved students’ abilities to undertake data-based experiments and led to productive independent investigations. InquirySpace will improve the physics sequence, extend the approach to biology and chemistry, and adapt the materials to the needs of diverse students by integrating tailored formative feedback in real time. The result will be student and teacher materials that any school can use to allow students to experience the excitement and essence of scientific investigations as an integral part of science instruction. The project plans to create and iteratively revise learning materials and technologies and will be tested in 48 diverse classroom settings. The educational impact of the project’s approach will be compared with that of business-as-usual approaches used by teachers to investigate to what extent it empowers students to undertake self-directed experiments.

Responsibilities

  • Collect data for research plans developed by senior staff using design-based research in K-12 classrooms
  • Conduct observations, interviews, and artifact analyses of student learning and classroom enactments
  • Coordinate and work with teachers to implement our educational innovations
  • Participate in user testing, and research of curricular materials in the classroom
  • Work effectively with a variety of staff, including curriculum developers, technology developers, assessment experts, and other staff across the organization
  • Manage classroom research data collection and student portfolios of work
  • Manage schedules and resources to meet strict project deadlines
  • Be willing to drive or commute to research data collection sites in the areas surrounding our Concord, MA, office
  • Assist in the development of research posters, papers, and presentations for professional conferences
  • Other administrative duties in support of the goals of the project

Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree or beyond, M.S. preferred, in one of the science or engineering disciplines such as biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, educational technology, education, or equivalent
  • Experience in conducting and managing classroom-based implementation studies
  • Experience coordinating, collecting, and coding both qualitative and quantitative
    research data
  • Extended experience and fluency with technology
  • Experience working with middle or high school students or youth
  • Good team player (willing to pitch in and do what needs to be done!)
  • Detail-oriented with the abilities to prioritize and deliver on time
  • Excellent communication, writing, and time management skills

This is a grant-funded, 100% FTE position. The successful candidate will be required to work on site in Concord, MA, and must be authorized to work in the United States.

The Concord Consortium offers a rich variety of benefits, including up to four weeks of vacation, medical and dental insurance, tuition reimbursement, a generous TIAA-CREF retirement plan, and life and long-term disability insurance. Our work environment is casual and stimulating. In general, we’re a creative, intelligent, happy bunch — check out our profiles.

To Apply

Please send your resume, cover letter, names and email addresses of three references, and a sample research paper to: hrjr+RA2@concord.org

The Concord Consortium is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person’s race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or any characteristic protected under applicable law.