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 on the execution of multiple federally funded research projects. These projects investigate questions related to (a) the development of scientific practices, such as modeling, in K8 students and teachers, (b) the pedagogies of practice which broaden access to computing among non-English speaking students, (c) the structures which build pathways between formal learning and regional STEM careers, and (d) the mechanisms which support STEM learning across formal and informal spaces. 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 (e.g., virtual games, agent-based computational models, digital STEM notebooks), (2) developing K8 STEM curriculum and supporting teacher professional development, (3) designing & validating measures of learning, (4) assisting in data collection in formal and informal settings (field observations, interviews, surveys), and (5) assisting in qualitative data analysis, interpretation, 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.
While specific responsibilities will vary by project, the Research Assistant will generally contribute to:
Execution of key research functions, including but not limited to:
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:
Other Preferred Qualifications
A master's degree or higher in STEM education or the Learning Sciences
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: $42,300 to $67,700
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.