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Project Manager & Research Assistant, Education Research

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

Ethnography & Evaluation Research (E&ER) encourages applications for a professional research assistant (PRA) in the research faculty track. This position will serve as project manager for a large, multi-method research study of professional development in college mathematics teaching, and will assist senior researchers with other research and evaluation projects as needed. The study includes quantitative social science data from varied sources such as surveys, classroom observation, and online databases, and qualitative data from focus groups, interviews, and workshop observations. 

Who We Are

Ethnography & Evaluation Research (E&ER) specializes in research and evaluation studies of education, career paths, and diversity in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The research unit is 100% grant-funded. To learn about our work, please visit our website: (

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • soliciting and tracking study participation for surveys, interviews, and video-recorded classroom observations
  • communicating with study participants, who include college and university instructors and students
  • preparing online surveys
  • organizing and maintaining research equipment and databases
  • maintaining the project calendar and website
  • processing research expenses and travel reimbursements through university systems
  • coordinating travel for conferences and fieldwork
  • managing study data and organizing data sets for analysis by research team members.

Additional duties may include: supervising student workers; reading and summarizing research articles; writing conference abstracts and giving presentations; contributing to analysis and writing of research reports and articles.

What You Should Know

  • Periodic overnight travel is required (two to four trips per year).
  • The position is 100% grant-funded.
  • The position is intended as a full-time position, but we are willing to consider a part-time appointment at 70% time or greater for those interested. The position begins in spring 2020 and is not tied to the academic year.

What We Can Offer

  • Opportunity to strengthen project management skills in working on large-scale research projects
  • Develop skills in coding and analyzing observational, survey, and interview data. 
  • Work in an encouraging, team-focused environment.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Bachelor’s degree. 
  • Education or work experience in social science research, evaluation, or related field.

What You Will Need

  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English. 
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, other Office software, and general comfort with using and learning new software.
  • Ability to learn new technical and research skills and troubleshoot problems. 
  • Ability to work well independently and with others. 
  • Interest in educational issues in science and mathematics.

What We Would Like You To Have

Any of the following additional qualifications will be helpful and valued by our team:
  • Masters or other advanced qualifications in education or social science. 
  • Experience with SPSS, SAS, R, or similar statistical data analysis packages
  • Experience with survey design tools such as Qualtrics
  • Experience with qualitative data analysis, such as thematic coding of interview transcripts.
  • Previous experience with human subjects research ethics and IRB protocols.
  • Background and experience in mathematics or teaching.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover letter
  3. List of references
Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Full consideration will be given to applications that are completed by March 6, 2020.

Application materials are accepted electronically via CU Boulder Jobs. 

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Sandra Laursen

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The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.