Research Associate

Job Summary

We are encouraging applications for an individual to join our research team at CU Boulder, with the option of working remotely. The ideal candidate will support Equitable Performance Assessment Design and Use in Science Education and take part in a variety of collaborative activities related to the implementation of these projects and the investigation of the research questions.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The mission of the Institute of Cognitive Science (ICS) at CU-Boulder is to understand and enhance human cognition, learning, and development through the creation of interdisciplinary partnerships. ICS fosters rich scientific interchange across researchers from a broad range of subject areas including Artificial Intelligence, Linguistics, Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Philosophy, and Education. Within the institute of Cognitive Science, inquiryHub ( ) is a research-practice partnership engaged in research and development of materials, tools, and processes to promote equitable student learning of STEM.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Work with a multi-institutional team to capture and analyze data related to educators’ experience of professional learning and its impact on their teaching and assessment practice, including:
    • Analysis of quantitative survey data
    • Analysis of classroom video
    • Analysis of assessment artifacts
  • Attend and detail professional learning experiences.
  • Mentor and own the work of two doctoral students.
  • Contribute to the design of professional learning for science educators.
  • Collaboratively engages in collecting and analyzing project data, and disseminating research findings.
  • Coordinate and collaborate optimally with external project partners.

What We Can Offer

The anticipated starting salary is $55,000 - $85,000, commensurate with experience and education.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

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What We Require

  • A Ph.D. in education, learning sciences, or related field.
  • At least three years of experience developing or studying assessments for elementary or secondary science that are aligned to the science teaching and learning as called for by the National Research Council’s Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards.

What You Will Need

  • Research or practical experience with curriculum embedded assessment.
  • Research experience addressing the measurement of assessment quality.
  • Interest in publishing research in peer-reviewed journals and conferences.
  • Experience in research grant writing.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • A willingness to adopt flexible roles within one’s area of expertise to support the work of the team.
  • A dedication to work in partnership with educators and community members.
  • Valuing of different sources of expertise and experience.
  • Understanding of the interests and social identities of Black, Latinx, Native American students, girls and gender nonbinary students, students with disabilities, and/or emerging multilingual students and the systemic obstacles to learning these groups face in formal and informal settings in the US.
  • Experience working with underserved communities and with marginalized student populations.
  • Understanding of strategies for developing language and literacy with students designated as emerging multilingual.
  • Understanding of culturally sustaining pedagogies in general and how to apply them for one or more specific cultural identities in particular.
  • Knowledge of how to develop materials that support teachers in recognizing and honoring the diverse sensemaking repertoires students bring to science classrooms.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. 1 Letter of Recommendation (Not Confidential)

Review of applications will begin on Monday, August 16, and will continue until the position is filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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