Senior Research Scientist / Principal Investigator – Data Science Education

We stand at a unique juncture in the transformation of education, in which a movement toward a new
field of data science education is taking shape. In order for this field to see maximum success, its growth
must be guided by theory and its work grounded in evidence. From our earliest years as the pioneering
developer of probeware, allowing students to produce data themselves, to recent years promoting data
science education research and development through cutting-edge educational research and innovative
development of technologies including the transformative Common Online Data Analysis Platform
(CODAP).

The ​​Concord Consortium has been a consistent leader in data science education and one of the earliest
advocates for data science education research, advocating for and ushering the field forward from its
early years and currently leading nearly a dozen NSF-funded research projects focused on data and data
science education research. We now seek a research scientist with strong experience as a project
director or principal investigator to help develop and extend this leading portfolio of data science
education research and to play a leading role across the field of data science education.

This position will initiate grant­-supported research and development that expands on our tradition of
data-related learning and technology­-based innovations in STEM fields. The best candidate is an
outstanding, dedicated professional who is extremely knowledgeable in data science and STEM
educational research and who is familiar with educational technology, school­-based implementation,
and research and project management. This position requires flexibility and willingness to contribute to
several projects in different roles such as conducting research on learning, developing curriculum,
designing new technology, providing professional development and developing proposals for new work.

Key Tasks:

  • Develop proposals for further funding.
  • Design and direct research designs for projects.
  • Direct the statistical analysis of items, student logs, and other learner and teacher artifacts.
  • Generate scholarly publications and reviewed talks.
  • Manage projects and conduct general project work.
  • Travel and present at a range of conferences and convocations.
  • specialized skills such as educational data mining, innovative online assessment, or visualization and computational modeling.
  • Over the next few years, the candidate will be expected to create and manage new projects that build on and expand our expertise.

Credentials and experience we seek:

  • Credentials and experience we seek:
  • Proven grant writing ability is essential.
  • An advanced degree in science, mathematics, computer science, or a related research field, preferably with experience in the educational application of technology. The equivalent of an undergraduate major in a STEM field is highly desired.
  • Experience in designing and administering educational research.
  • Experience directing and designing research-based curricula and technology involving data science education or data-related teaching and learning of STEM subjects.
  • Knowledge about a range of qualitative and quantitative educational research designs and statistical techniques is required.
  • Additional desired qualifications include knowledge of K-­12 STEM content and standards, expertise in curriculum design, classroom experience, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to work with many different people with differing academic backgrounds.
  • Preference will be given to a candidate who has been a principal investigator of a successful project or projects funded by the National Science Foundation or other federal agency.
  • Contributions to research in educational technology through peer­-reviewed talks and publications. Successful experience writing, receiving and managing federal grant funding.
  • Excellent communication skills in both written and spoken form. Contributions to research in educational technology through peer-­reviewed talks and publications.
  • Experience in educational technology and its applications and assessment in science, math and engineering. The successful candidate is authorized to work in the U.S., ideally near our headquarters in Concord, MA or our office in Emeryville, CA. However, remote or hybrid roles are also welcome for consideration.
  • The organization particularly seeks candidates with experience in educational applications of visualizations, educational data mining and analytics, and technology­-based performance assessment or formative assessment.


About Us:

The Concord Consortium has an international reputation for innovations in technology that improve
teaching and learning. Our educational developments have been widely adopted and have had broad
impact throughout STEM education — starting with our earliest work in probeware, which ignited a
whole field, and the nation’s first online high school, which served as a model for the field.

We have created award-winning software used by millions across the globe. Our work environment is
casual and stimulating. Join us to be part of a creative community of geeks and science, math, and
engineering fanatics. We have regular brown bag talks featuring invited scholars and luminaries and
hold delectable themed meals and celebrations several times per year. In general, we’re a creative,
intelligent, happy bunch — check out our profiles.

The Concord Consortium offers a comprehensive range of benefits, including up to four weeks’ vacation,
medical and dental insurance, a generous TIAA retirement plan, and life, long-term, and short-term
disability insurance.

TO APPLY:

To apply for this position, please send your cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a writing sample to:
hrjr+SRDS@concord.org. The Concord Consortium is an EEO employer. Applicants must be authorized to
work in the United States.