The Project for Education Research That Scales (PERTS) is an applied research center at Stanford University. PERTS was founded in 2010 to translate insights from the psychological and developmental sciences into scalable resources that educators everywhere can use to foster students’ natural drive to learn. We empower educators to improve the quality and equity of students’ learning experiences so that all students are inspired and equipped to learn and thrive.
We are looking for an outstanding Research Associate with a passion for research to promote inclusion in the U.S. education system. Our office is located in San Francisco, but remote work arrangements can be made for the right candidate. The role will require approximately 2-4 weeks per year of travel (or more if the Research Associate is remote).
The Research Associate is needed to lead quantitative research efforts, including (1) leading analyses to validate practical measures of students’ experiences for the PERTS Copilot platform against educational outcomes such as grades, attendance, and disciplinary records (www.perts.net/engage); (2) develop analytic methods to support program implementation, product development, and organizational strategy; (3) work with the Director of Research, Executive Director, and communications staff to produce high-quality reports and presentations documenting research findings for an audience of practitioners, researchers, funders, and nonprofit/edtech companies.
- Develop metrics to support the program team with implementation and recruitment.
- Clean, aggregate, and link datasets from PERTS platforms, partner schools, and collaborating organizations using the dplyr/tidyr framework in R statistical software.
- Preregister data transformations, research methodology, and analysis plans via the Open Science Framework (www.osf.io).
- Conduct statistical analyses in R using methods such as generalized linear models and linear mixed effect models.
- Create data visualizations using the ggplot framework in R.
- Contribute to written reports of research findings.
- Present research findings at practitioner- and researcher-facing conferences.
The following skills and experience are necessary to be successful in the Research Associate’s role:
- Master’s degree (or equivalent research experience) or PhD in a field such as social psychology, education policy, education statistics, sociology, or other related fields.
- Facility using the dplyr/tidyr and ggplot2 frameworks within R statistical software.
- Experience leading or contributing to scientific manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication and/or reports.
- Commitment to the mission of promoting equity in America’s educational system.
- Experience with or insight about the challenges faced by students from historically underrepresented minority groups and/or from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.
The ideal candidate may also have one or more of the following:
- Experience conducting product-focused research in the Education Technology (edtech) sector.
- Experience using Improvement Science methodology (Bryk, Gomez, Grunow & Lemahieu, 2015) and/or practical measurement (Yeager, Bryk, Muhich, Hausman & Morales, 2013).
- Experience conducting preregistered data analysis.
- Substantial peer-reviewed publication record in a social science field related to education.
- Experience with SQL and relational database design.
- Health / Dental / Vision / Life Insurance
- 11 Paid Holidays / 10 paid Vacation Days / 3 Days PTO / Paid Sick Time (Accrual of 8 hours/month)
- $800/year for professional development activities
- Matching 403(b) and tuition reimbursement after 1 year
- Many more! For information about other benefits, visit the Stanford benefits page.
*Applications without cover letters will not be considered*