Senior Research Associate

TERC, a non-profit dedicated to improving STEM education, is seeking either one full time or two part time educational researchers to join a dynamic team working on two projects both involving online communities of practice to facilitate knowledge exchange and collegial discourse. The first project is aimed at serving the needs of STEM teacher leaders and aspiring teacher leaders. (Please see:  ) The second project enables leaders of federally funded grants aimed at improving STEM teaching and learning to share their work with each other and multiple other constituencies through video and facilitated discourse (See: )

The successful candidate will work with a team of seven that includes programmers, content management and outreach specialists, researchers and Principal Investigators. We are located in a historic factory building between Porter & Davis Squares in Cambridge MA but will consider candidates who want to work at a distance. Your contributions will make a difference to the field of STEM teaching and learning.  


The successful candidate will have a Master’s degree or PhD in educational research, communications research, psychology, or related fields. They will have an interest in one or more of the following:

  • Collegial networks that facilitate knowledge sharing, resources, and opportunities.
  • Sharing of STEM educational expertise through video and discourse online. 
  • Development and empowerment of STEM teacher leaders.
  • STEM teaching and learning programs and environments.
  • Social media campaigns for outreach and dissemination.

Candidates who will be considered will have many of the following skills:

  • Experience with both quantitative and qualitative analysis of data.
  • Experience in designing surveys, interview protocols, and conducting focus groups.
  • Creating and testing coding rubrics and applying them to different types of data including interviews, survey responses, and online discourse.
  • Comfort, skill and experience with technology tools for data collection and analysis (e.g. Excel, NVivo, SPSS, survey administration tools).
  • Experience/Interest in Social Network Analysis research.
  • Strong communication and reporting skills, including the ability to work well with a team, draw conclusions from evidence, and present
         alternative perspectives and explanations.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills to prepare and present findings of the projects at conferences and to write articles for

When applying, you will be asked:

  • To upload your resume, cover letter and sample of your research or writing to:  HR Apply
  • Are you interested in a full-time position, or a 50% position?
  • Which of the two projects (or both) are of interest to you and why?
  • Are you interested in working at TERC or at a distance?
  • Attach one relevant writing sample.

    Competitive salary commensurate with experience.  Excellent benefits.  Please do not call and no recruiter or agency inquires.

Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time, Part-time

Education Level : Doctoral

Experience Level : Not Applicable

Job Function : Development, General

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