Research Associate

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Job Ref. #15-18
The Education Research Collaborative (ERC) at TERC is a non-profit
education research and development organization focused on improving
science and mathematics education, is currently recruiting for the
following position:
Research Associate
This is a part-time position with benefits, 50% (20 hrs/week). TERC is seeking a
research associate to assist on two projects. Time is split evenly between the two
projects. Main duties on both projects include qualitative data collection and
management and analysis.
One project, Investigating STEM Literacies in MakerSpaces (STEMLiMS) will run
through August 2017. Specifically, the work will require observations and
analysis of literacy practices used by different groups of makers. The research
associate will conduct observations and informal interviews with youth makers in
action, assist with qualitative data management, organization, and analysis, and
meet regularly with project staff. Data collection for the coming year will likely
occur during out-of-school times in Somerville with middle school students or
Boston with high school students.
The second project, Science Literacy through Infographics (SLI), will run through
December 2017. SLI is studying how to support high school students in creating
infographics about scientific topics of their choice. The research associate will be
expected to assist with materials development, research support, and classroom
observations. Responsibilities include classroom observations in a Boston high
school, creation and updating of software documentation, support in design and
implementation of research on the characteristics of data visualization tools;
maintenance of website.
Requirements:
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BA in education, psychology, anthropology, or related field.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
Ability to work in a collaborative decision making environment.
Experience using video and audio recording equipment to record classroom data.
Ability to work independently.
Ability to use MS Office and to learn other software tools for data analysis.
Experience using Wordpress or other CMS to maintain a basic website.
Ability to read and apply academic texts on literacy, STEM education, learning,
and qualitative methodology.
Preferred Qualifications:
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MA/MS in education, psychology, anthropology, or related field
3-5 years teaching (formal or informal) or educational research experience.
Experience with data visualization tools (e.g. Excel, R)
Classroom observation experience or other experience documenting complex
activities through field notes
Experience as a maker/artist/engineer/tinkerer.
Salary Range: $45,000-$50,000 (prorated at 50%). Salary commensurate with
experience.
Please submit a cover letter and resume to: [email protected] No
phone calls please.
TERC is an equal opportunity employer, and is actively seeking to diversify
its staff. We place a high priority on developing a staff that reflects the
diverse communities we serve. We encourage people from all
backgrounds to apply.