Research Assistant II - STEM Teaching & Learning


The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) pioneers collaborative solutions to global ocean challenges. 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. Each year, we serve over 25,000 stakeholders from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia.

The Research Assistant II - STEM Teaching & Learning 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 to support research projects focused on K8 STEM and computing education, teacher professional learning, and informal STEM education. The diversity of questions and contexts investigated offer candidates a unique opportunity to focus their work along desired trajectories of professional learning and growth. These opportunities include but are not limited to: (1) designing digital tools for learning, (2) supporting curriculum development, (3) assisting in teacher professional development workshops, and (4) supporting data collection, analysis, and dissemination. The Research Assistant will be required to work collaboratively with GMRI staff, educators, and project staff from multiple institutions.

This position is full-time and located at GMRI in Portland, Maine.


  • Provide general project support (e.g., create and maintain project documents and databases, prepare project materials, maintain project files, scrub and archive data, conduct literature reviews and web searches, communicate/schedule appointments with schools/research subjects and partners, compile meeting notes)
  • Participate in data collection activities according to established protocols (e.g., classroom observations, surveys, interviews, focus groups)
  • Assist in data entry, cleaning, and coding
  • Compile quantitative and qualitative data into tables, charts, and graphs
  • Assist in dissemination of project findings through peer-reviewed publications and presentations to the field
  • Assist in reporting to funding agencies
  • Grow professionally and develop new skills through ongoing project embedded mentorship and professional development opportunities


The ideal candidate may bring a broad combination of prior experience including formal classroom teaching, informal STEM education, curriculum design, program evaluation, teacher professional development, and structured learning research. A minimum of a bachelor's degree in any field is required for this position. Required skills and experience include:

  • One to two years of experience leading or contributing to structured research in the field of formal or informal education. This experience may include curriculum development, teacher professional development, fieldwork, survey development, and structured or semi-structured interviews with research participants
  • Knowledge of national best practices in STEM teaching and learning
  • Strong qualitative analytic skills, including knowledge of qualitative research methodologies.
  • Experience in data and project management software including cloud-based systems like Microsoft Sharepoint and Google Drive
  • Proven ability to work well independently
  • Effective writing and analytical skills
  • Ability to work well with a rigorous and flexible schedule and adapt to changing needs
  • Ability to work closely with researchers across multiple institution


Other Preferred Qualifications

  • A master's degree or higher in STEM education or the Learning Sciences
  • Experience using qualitative analysis software (e.g., NVivo, MAXQDA)


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 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 salary and benefits package.

Salary: $47,000 to $62,000

Application Instructions

All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the successful candidate has been selected.

Per GMRI’s Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, all GMRI personnel are required to maintain full vaccination status against COVID-19, as defined by CDC, unless a reasonable accommodation is approved.