The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) catalyzes solutions to the complex challenges of ocean stewardship and economic growth in the Gulf of Maine bioregion. Our scientists explore dynamic ocean systems from marine life to environmental conditions to coastal economies. We infuse our discoveries into the policy arena and design solutions with fishermen and seafood businesses to protect fishery resources, harvest them responsibly, and market them as premium quality food. We share our discoveries with the public and nurture a culture of leadership in communities that depend on the sea. Our education programs cultivate science literacy and build a foundation of collaborative problem-solving among our next generation of leaders, scientists, citizens, and stewards.
The Research Assistant is responsible for providing professional research support to GMRI's Learning Scientist and the wider GMRI education team. The Research Assistant will join the Learning Sciences Lab and work closely with GMRI's Learning Scientist on the execution of three NSF awards, including opportunities to (1) design technological tools for learning (e.g., virtual games, agent-based computational models), (2) develop authentic ecosystems science curricula for grades 3-8, (3) conduct field work in K8 science classrooms and informal settings, including survey dissemination, structured interviews and ethnographic observations, (4) collaborate with the Learning Scientist on project progress and milestones, (5) lead data management by maintaining a well-documented and organized archive of survey and field data, and (6) assist with qualitative data analysis, interpretation, and knowledge dissemination (e.g., academic conferences, journal publications) and grant writing. The Research Assistant will be required to work collaboratively with GMRI staff, educators, and project staff from multiple institutions.
Responsibilities: While specific responsibilities will vary by project, the Research Assistant will contribute to:
-Emailing or phoning research participants to identify dates and times for field research
-Scheduling in-person or phone/Zoom interviews
-Maintaining a record of communication with potential research participants, including attempts at contact and summaries of all conversations
Execution of key research functions, including but not limited to:
A minimum of a Bachelor's degree in any field is required for this position. Preference will be given to applicants who hold a Master's degree in STEM, computer science, or education or who are currently enrolled in a doctoral program. Required skills and experience include:
Diversity and Inclusion:
Gulf of Maine Research Institute has a long-standing policy and commitment to providing equal access and equal employment opportunities in all terms, conditions, processes, and benefits of employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status. GMRI's employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status.
Applicants and employees are encouraged to voluntarily self-identify their race/ethnicity, gender, disability status and veteran status to assist GMRI in fulfilling various data reporting requirements of the federal government. This self-identification is completely voluntary, will be kept strictly confidential and separate from your application data, and used only to meet federal reporting requirements. Providing or declining to provide this information will not result in adverse action of any kind.
Salary and Benefits:
Gulf of Maine Research Institute offers a competitive benefits package.
All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until May 21, 2021.