Research Associate

Boulder, CO
May 03, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Colorado Boulder (CU) seeks applicants for a Research Associate ("post-doctoral researcher" for one year, starting July 1, 2017.

Research-Practice Partnerships and Research Use in School Districts

We seek a research associate to work on a major research study under the auspices of the National Center for Research in Policy and Practice (, a knowledge utilization center funded through the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education. This is a research associate position working with Principal Investigator William R. Penuel, Project Director Caitlin Farrell, and co-Principal Investigator Cynthia Coburn at Northwestern University.

The study is a comparative study of research-practice partnerships. This one-year position begins July 1, 2017. We seek an experienced researcher with a strong background in qualitative field methods, and mixed methods analysis; and substantive expertise in one or more of the following: the relationship between research and practice, district decision making, organizational theory, policymaking, or implementation of Common Core Standards in Mathematics. Familiarity with research-practice partnerships is desirable.

The research associate will participate in all phases of the projects including: developing instruments; data collection; data analysis, and the publication of results. The principal investigator will encourage the postdoctoral scholar to develop publications that build on her or his emerging research agenda. The postdoctoral scholar must be able and willing to travel to research sites; work both individually and as part of a multi-campus team; and provide supervision to undergraduate and graduate research assistants.

This is a full-time, 12-month position with a salary beginning at $55,000/year and full benefits. The budget also includes conference travel funds for the employee.


Applicants should have an earned doctorate in education, sociology, learning sciences, public policy, or related field. The position carries a competitive salary plus health insurance coverage and has the possibility of renewal, conditional upon performance and available funding. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants:University of Colorado Boulder conducts background checks on all final applicants being considered for employment, prior to the issuance of an offer letter. The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To achieve this goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and an EPLS (Excluded Parties List System) check. The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

The University of Colorado is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Inquiries may be directed to the Boulder Campus Title IX Coordinator by calling 303-492-2127. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting Human Resources at

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References, Reference Letters (Not Confidential), Unofficial transcript(s), Additional Attachments - Refer to Application Materials Instructions Below

Application Materials Instructions:We will only accept applications electronically through CU Careers. Completed applications must include the following: 1) a cover letter addressing your qualifications and career history, as well as how the Research Associate ("postdoctoral researcher" position with NCRPP fits with your career goals; 2)a Curriculum Vitae; 3) the names and contact information of three scholars who can serve as references; 4) one letter of recommendation, 5) unofficial transcripts, and 6) two samples (published or unpublished) of your scholarly work, one of which should be a research paper that represents your potential as a scholar and future career trajectory. For questions, please contact Caitlin Farrell at

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10261 - School of Education

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: May 2, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Suzanne Bonomo

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00705525


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