Assistant Research Scientist - Learning Sciences


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The Education department is seeking a full-time, early-career researcher to join the Learning Sciences Lab at GMRI. The Learning Sciences lab is an interdisciplinary unit dedicated to improving teaching and learning in formal and informal contexts through systematic investigation of learning processes and effective design of innovative learning environments. Our team is involved in research projects at the forefront of advances in technology and learning, and our work has been and is currently supported by funding from state and federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation. Specifically, we seek a scholar whose research focus includes study of STEM teaching and learning and has strong methodological training in quantitative, qualitative, or multiple methods. The Assistant Research Scientist will be required to work collaboratively with GMRI staff, educators, and project staff from multiple institutions.

This position is full-time. Location is flexible, but convenient to frequent in-person meetings in Portland, Maine as well as field locations across the state.


  • Contribute to the broader research agenda of the Learning Sciences lab by progressing funded projects
  • Develop and implement a personal research agenda that includes publication of peer-reviewed manuscripts and presentations at peer-reviewed professional conferences
  • Ensure the cohesiveness and quality of scholarship, including generating/fostering new ideas and innovation, and promoting interactions with other programmatic teams at GMRI
  • Pursue sources of funding from state and federal agencies
  • Work with GMRI's Learning Scientist to document the impact of GMRI's programming
  • Engage in service to the community by reviewing for the primary and secondary literature and contributing time and expertise to professional societies or organizations
  • Promote interdisciplinary conversation by organizing symposia, professional workshops, and lectures series

Successful candidates will have a track record of scholarship in education and demonstrate outstanding potential through a defined research agenda related to K12 STEM and/or computing education and teacher development.

  • Ph.D. in STEM Education, Learning Sciences, Instructional Design, Curriculum Studies, Cognitive Science, or a closely related field
  • 0-3 years post-doctoral professional experience
  • Evidence of ability to support an active research agenda
  • Evidence of research excellence and productivity in the form of peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations
  • A strong background in qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methodologies for studying learning
  • Demonstrated ability or potential in developing and securing external funding
  • Demonstrated ability or potential to engage in interdisciplinary research
  • Strong personal management and organizational skills
  • Comfort leading fluid project teams to deliver outcomes

Diversity and Inclusion

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Salary and Benefits

Gulf of Maine Research Institute offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

Salary: $56K to $90K


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.

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