Associate Researcher Senior - 13149BR

Associate Researcher Senior

Achievement & Assessment Inst
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

ATLAS, a research center at the University of Kansas, is seeking a senior research associate with experience in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education programs and research focused on improving student outcomes. ATLAS creates accessible and academically rigorous technology-based learning and assessment systems to serve students with disabilities, struggling learners, and teachers. The senior research associate will support the development of learning maps in science and mathematics, lead the design of instructional resources and professional development materials, lead research and evaluation projects within the center, and serve as an internal adviser to multiple assessment programs and funded projects. A successful applicant should be established in mathematics education, science education, and/or STEM education and show potential to secure funds and develop partnerships. This is a full-time (40 hours/week), unclassified position at the Lawrence campus, with occasional off-site meetings.

Job Description

25% - Lead and collaborate with others on the design, planning and implementation of STEM education research and evaluation projects. Activities include designing research studies, drafting timelines, selecting measures, designing data collection protocols and coordination with multiple teams on a variety of research projects.

25% - Conduct research syntheses in mathematics and science education including evaluating results and preparing written reports. Activities include research syntheses, evaluation of published research, and writing reports related to multiple projects.

15% - Collaborate with test development, research, and implementation teams to develop high quality, accessible professional development materials to support teaching and learning of mathematics and science for all learners. Activities include reviewing assessment designs and serving as an internal subject matter expert in mathematics and science content.

15% - Collaborate with other staff to develop technical documentation, scholarly journal articles, and other products for dissemination of research findings for a variety of audiences.

10% - Develop proposals for externally funded research projects. Collaborate with center staff to design studies and prepare budgets for project proposals.Serve as PI or Co-PI on awarded projects.

10% - Communicate with external audiences including researchers, state education agency staff, and professional organizations. Activities include presentations to state and local education agency staff and presentations at professional conferences.

Required Qualifications

  1. Doctoral degree in mathematics education, science education, or STEM education, curriculum and instruction, educational psychology or a related field
  2. 5 years’ additional postdoc experience in mathematics, science or STEM education or assessment
  3. Academic or professional experience conducting, documenting, and synthesizing developmental and empirical research
  4. At least 1 year of experience developing or leading professional development activities, including supporting communities of practice for teachers
  5. At least 1 year of experience on projects related to K-12 academic content standards in mathematics and/or science
  6. Experience working in a multidisciplinary, team-based environment as evidenced by work history, professional training or a combination of both
  7. Experience leading complex projects, ensuring input from multiple stakeholder groups
  8. Excellent oral and written communication skills for scholarly and practitioner audiences

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Experience in instructional practices in mathematics and science for students with disabilities
  2. Knowledge of principles of Universal Design for Learning and assessment.
  3. Prior work on projects related to contemporary academic content standards, (e.g., Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards).
  4. Record of research on a topic related to the acquisition of academic knowledge and skills in mathematics, science and/or STEM education.
  5. Experience with educational software development
  6. Direct experience as an instructional coach

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application includes online application, CV/resume, cover letter that describes how the applicant meets the required qualifications and includes specific examples of experience, and contact information for at least three professional references. Only complete applications will be considered.

Application review begins November 26, 2018. To ensure first consideration, apply before the application review date.

Contact Information to Applicants

Cynthia Perez

Advertised Salary Range

Dependent on Qualifications, minimum $75,000.

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Achievement & Assessment Inst
University of Kansas - Lawrence
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