Research Scientist 1

Georgia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
May 04, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U) is Georgia Tech's living laboratory for fundamental change in higher education. As higher education rapidly evolves, Georgia Tech is committed to leading the initiatives that will define the next generation of educational practices and technologies. Working in tandem with campus administrators and faculty, the center develops and tests new educational platforms and techniques.

Today, traditional colleges and universities face escalating operational challenges, including reduced funding, changing student demographics, questions regarding quality and value, and increased competition. Their success—or more bleakly, their survival—requires transformative change to enable new teaching and learning approaches. By testing educational techniques in actual classrooms, C21U develops proven technology-driven solutions that result in optimal student outcomes through creative institutional change. Combining technological solutions with practice and process modifications, C21U leverages beneficial industry and educational connections, offering important first steps toward defining the University of the 21st century.

Job Summary

The candidate will serve as a Research Scientist I in the Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U) at Georgia Tech. Working with C21U faculty and staff; Georgia Tech faculty and campus administrators. The candidate will focus on finding and writing grant proposals for research studies, data analysis, and reporting related to C21U’s focus on online, distributed, and blended learning and new ideas yet to be developed by C21U faculty/staff and/or Georgia Tech faculty, and other entities. This position liaises regularly with Georgia Tech faculty. The ideal candidate will have experience working and collaborating with faculty and managing successful academic relationships. This is a full time position.


Major Responsibilities:

  • search Requests for Proposals (government and private) for grant-funded research programs related to education innovations and new models for higher education;
  • collect and organize relevant information for responding to grant RFPs;
  • write grant proposals and maintain a portfolio of proposal documentation that can be incorporated into new grant proposals;
  • conduct scientific reviews of research, assessment, evaluation, and statistical analysis plans and products;
  • lead research and analysis in using big data to enhance education
  • support C21U’s Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Data-Driven Education course
  • serve as the data steward for the Online Masters of Science (OMS) programs, MOOCs, and Canvas
  • prepare as directed, any written products to convey research-based knowledge and information to a variety of audiences;
  • develop plans for the organization (C21U faculty and staff, Georgia Tech faculty and administration, other colleges and universities, funding agencies) in support of robust education research, assessment, evaluation, and statistical analyses;
  • participate in on-campus and online grant writing seminars;
  • build a network of potential grant partners across Georgia Tech’s programs
  • engage in dissemination and outreach activities;
  • consult regularly with, and advise, organization and attend meetings;
  • collaborate with co-workers on departmental and institute-wide projects.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Education: Bachelor's Degree

Preferred Qualifications:

The ideal candidate would have the following skills, though we encourage those with a substantial subset of these also to consider applying.

  • Education: PhD or EdD Degree in education, communications, social science or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Work Experience: Two years related job experience; demonstrable success in writing grant proposals and securing grant funding
  • Certifications: IRB certification through CITI training;

Skills: data science, learning analytics, grant writing, project management, practical knowledge of descriptive and inferential statistics; competency with alignment of research design, research questions, literature review, methodology, and statistical analyses; and advanced use of office and specialized computer applications.

Required Documents to Attach

Required Documents to Attach:

Applicant should attach a Resume, Cover Letter and a list of References

Equal Employment Opportunity

Georgia Tech provides equal opportunity to all faculty, staff, students, and all other members of the Georgia Tech community, including applicants for admission and/or employment, contractors, volunteers, and participants in institutional programs, activities, or services. Georgia Tech complies with all applicable laws and regulations governing equal opportunity in the workplace and in educational activities. Georgia Tech prohibits discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, on the basis of race, ethnicity, ancestry, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetics, or veteran status in its programs, activities, employment, and admissions. This prohibition applies to faculty, staff, students, and all other members of the Georgia Tech community, including affiliates, invitees, and guests.

Other Information

Impact and Influence:

This position will interact on a regular basis with: faculty and staff. This position typically will advise and counsel: faculty and staff. This position will supervise: N/A