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Research Associate

Empirical Education Inc. ( conducts research and develops research capacity in state and local education agencies around the U.S. Our mission is to help K-12 school systems make evidence-based decisions about the effectiveness of their programs, policies, and personnel. We seek candidates who want to contribute to leading edge research on K-12 schools to join our research team.

Under the guidance of—and in collaboration with—the company’s senior researchers, research associates (who will have the title Research Scientist or Research Manager, depending on their experience and qualifications) are responsible for the life cycle of a research project.
In this role, you will perform the following tasks:

·       Write research proposals and prepare/track project budgets
·       Design research studies
·       Design data collection instruments
·       Communicate with representatives from education agencies
·       Review data from education agencies
·       Prepare literature reviews
·       Conduct interviews, classroom observations, and focus groups
·       Analyze qualitative and quantitative data
·       Communicate findings to educators, including writing formal research reports and presenting at conferences and workshops
·       Perform essential project task management and documentation
Research Scientists also create and provide professional development on research methods and for managing relationships with external clients and colleagues. Some travel is required.

Our ideal candidate will have the following qualifications and capabilities:

·       PhD or Masters in education or a field relevant to the organization of instruction, administration of schools, or teaching methods
·       Understanding of research design, statistical analysis, data collection methods, and the evidence standards of the What Works Clearinghouse
·       Insight into U.S. K-12 schools, preferably through a teaching or research role
·       Experience managing multiple projects, tasks, and priorities as part of a team
·       Familiarity with working with a variety of professionals in different roles
·       Demonstrated ability to write in a clear and concise manner, and use direct and clear verbal communication
·       Analytic thinking and problem-solving skills
·       Interest in quantitative information, qualitative evidence, and data analysis
·       Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel
·       Organization skills, comfortable working against deadlines, and careful attention to detail
·       Commitment to fostering an inclusive and welcoming work environment

The ideal candidate understands the fundamentals of rigorous evaluations (e.g., RCTs and QEs) in education and has experience thinking through the nuances of implementing programs in complex real-world settings and their implications for the design of the study and the analysis of results.

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