Education Researcher-STEM & CS

SRI International | Arlington, VA

Posted Date 7/01/2019

SRI Education is committed to bringing rigorous research and evaluation data to bear on important decisions concerning K-12 public education. We are seeking to hire a Researcher with a specialty in the learning sciences to join our Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science (STEM&CS) Education Program Area. This program area is an interdisciplinary team of learning science and education researchers with expertise in curriculum and assessment development, design of learning technologies and environments, supporting culturally and linguistically diverse learners, teaching quality and teacher professional learning, and STEM policy and reform implementation. Using a wide range of methodologies, from in-depth case studies to randomized field trials and learning analytics, our work results in practical knowledge that enables educators and policymakers to make decisions about educational interventions and education policy.

The Education division is seeking an experienced STEM & CS education researcher with expertise in K-12 teacher learning and strong skills in quantitative and qualitative education research methods for SRI’s Menlo Park or Arlington office. In this position, we expect the applicant to fill or grow quickly into a Principal Investigator role in STEM and/or CS education research. The successful candidate will help develop and lead science education-related research and development initiatives, including investigating funding opportunities, preparing proposals, leading and participating in research and analysis, presenting findings, and performing other research activities as appropriate. Applications from researchers who already have experience with funding from the U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation, or commercial clients are encouraged. Business development will be an essential part of this position, as the candidate will be expected to help build the research capacity for SRI Education’s STEM & CS education research program area.


The candidate should be able to articulate a clear area of research focus and be qualified to design mixed-method research studies, develop data collection instruments, gather and analyze quantitative and qualitative data, and interpret research findings related to science education for policymakers, educational leaders, and practitioners. Knowledge about technology-supported educational innovations, methods for studying and analyzing implementation, and experience in developing science professional development, curricula and/or assessments is a plus. Excellent writing skills and the ability to present research plans and findings are essential, as is the ability to work in a team environment. The candidate should also have demonstrated problem-solving abilities, work well to meet multiple and oftentimes competing deadlines, and understand and support client needs. The position requires an applicant who can make a compelling case for ideas and/or approaches in writing and verbally to colleagues and clients.

Preference will be given to candidates who have:

  • Experience conducting research in science education and facility with a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods;
  • Background in design-based research and evaluation in formal and informal science learning environments;
  • Expertise in science teacher learning and teacher professional development that prepares teachers for new standards;
  • Expertise in assessment design in STEM and/or CS disciplines
  • Expertise in formulating strategies for building a portfolio of funded projects
  • Willingness to travel 6-8 times a year for client meetings, conferences, and site visits

A Ph.D. in STEM and/or CS education, learning sciences, or a learning sciences-related field and at least three years’ experience beyond the doctorate is required. Candidates should include a cover letter that describes the opportunity they see in engaging with SRI.


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