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Educational Research Scientist

Harvard University Department of Mathematics
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Posted Date
Nov 29, 2022
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Educational Research Scientist 

Job Summary

Harvard’s Math Department is working to improve mathematics curricula by building experiences that embrace mathematical modeling, empower students with quantitative tools to better understand the complexity of the world, leverage active learning, and promote problem solving skills. The department is hiring an Educational Research Scientist to develop methods to assess the efforts underway and to contribute to strategic planning for the future.  The research will have an equity focus, to make sure that the department is building mathematical experiences that foster a sense of belonging and an intellectual community for students who ordinarily are marginalized in the mathematical sciences

Reporting to the Director of Introductory Math, the Educational Research Scientist will drive efforts to leverage data and systems-thinking to help ensure that the math department is developing students’ quantitative toolkit to take on challenges in their field of study. This role will work closely with faculty teaching introductory courses to design research studies documenting the success of introductory courses, find areas for improvements, and support the dissemination of effective innovations to help catalyze change in mathematics education at a national level. The Educational Research Scientist will also provide mentorship for members of the department interested in educational research.

For applicants with a background in mathematics instruction, occasional teaching in the introductory math sequence may be possible for additional compensation. 

Job Specific Responsibilities: 

This role will conduct evaluation in the department and support efforts of continuous improvement. In addition, the Educational Research Scientist will: 

  • Determine a plan of action for assessment of key initiatives and establish timelines for major projects.
  • Gather, clean, analyze, synthesize, and interpret both quantitative and qualitative data to help the department evaluate course offerings for quality and learning impact.
  • Conduct literature reviews and support the department in making strategic recommendations for innovations by communicating findings to stakeholders. 
  • Conduct program evaluation and applied educational research for distribution to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Prepare and/or collaborate on articles for submission to scientific journals and publications. 
  • Present results with members of the department at meetings and conferences nationally.
  • Provide mentorship to preceptors and lecturers in the department interested in developing educational research experience. 
  • Create evaluation plans for grant projects, including developing logic models and identifying education research outputs and outcomes.

Technical Requirements

  • Practical experience with reporting, analysis, and data visualization tools (e.g., R, STATA, Power BI, Excel, Tableau, etc.). 
  • Excellent judgment, analytical and problem-solving skills with a consultative and collaborative approach to addressing issues and opportunities.

Basic Qualifications

  • Masters Degree in education, statistics, or related field required.
  • 5 years experience in assessment and evaluation including work completed as a student.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • PhD in Math Education, Educational Metrics, or Learning Assessment preferred. 
  • Excellent analytical and research skills; ability to gather, evaluate, and to develop well-reasoned conclusions and recommendations.
  • Ability to effectively communicate information in a clear and understandable manner, both verbally and in writing.
  • Strong attention to detail, ability to consistently demonstrate diplomacy, sound judgment, and flexibility as well as strong problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills; proven ability to independently plan, organize, and implement team-based projects with minimal oversight.
  • Ability to initiate, establish, and foster communication and teamwork by maintaining a positive, cooperative, productive work atmosphere with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Familiarity with the research pipeline and the process of conducting research. 
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusivity, and belonging. 

Additional Information

This is a 3-year term appointment from the date of hire, with the possibility of extension based on funding and performance.

For consideration please submit 

  • A resume detailing relevant professional experiences.
  • A cover letter describing why you are interested in the position. 
  • 3 references with knowledge of your work in the past 3-5 years.  A relevant evaluation report or writing sample (with a brief description of the project or topic) produced in the last 2-3 years.

Please apply directly to Harvard via Harvard Careers. Do not apply on

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