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Research Associate

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Institute of Cognitive Science (ICS) encourages applications for a Research Associate to join our research team at CU Boulder. The job involves taking part in several research projects focused on supporting teachers to integrate computational thinking and NGSS-aligned science instruction. The position is funded by research grants that will continue for five years, pending satisfactory job performance. The ideal candidate will work as part of an interdisciplinary research team, and in close collaboration with teachers and school district leaders.

Who We Are

The CU research team includes Tammy Sumner (Director of ICS), Jennifer Jacobs (Associate Research Professor), Quentin Biddy (Research Associate) and Alex Chakarov (Ph.D. candidate). More information about our current research can be found at: If you have questions about the position, please contact Jennifer Jacobs,

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Collaboratively design innovative middle school classroom experiences using a programmable sensing platform.
  • Plan and facilitate professional learning workshops for teachers that focus on NGSS-aligned, CT-integrated science instruction. 
  • Collaboratively develop professional learning resources to support CT integration at scale.
  • Support teachers in their classrooms as they implement CT-integrated science curriculum and troubleshoot issues that arise during the use of micro:bits and related sensors.
  • Engage in collecting and analyzing project data, and disseminating research findings.

What You Should Know

  • This opportunity requires the ability to visit teachers at various school sites in Denver, CO on a regular basis.
  • This position is funded through a multi-year research grant that will continue for five years, pending satisfactory job performance.

What We Can Offer

$55,000.00-75,000.00 per year, commensurate with experience. 


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.

Be Statements

Be Collaborative. Be Flexible. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • Ph.D. in education, computer science, learning sciences or similar (by Summer 2020).
  • Experience supporting teachers and their students to use technology in K12 classrooms.

What You Will Need

  • Ability to visit teachers at various school sites in Denver, CO on a regular basis.
  • Knowledge of sensor technology and computational thinking, with some basic knowledge of programming.
  • Interest in publishing, conference presentations, and grant writing.
  • Ability to work as a team member and without direct supervision.
  • Knowledge of NGSS aligned curriculum and science instruction.
  • Knowledge of design-based research.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience providing professional support to K12 teachers (in groups and one on one).
  • Research and/or teaching experience related to K12 classrooms.
  • Experience publishing research in peer-reviewed journals and conferences.
  • Experience in research grant writing.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. One Letter of Recommendation (Not Confidential)
Review of applications will begin in April 1st and will continue until the position is filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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