Research Scholar

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Work type: Non-Classified/Professional
Location: Boise, ID
Categories: Education and Training, Research, Development, Part-time opportunities, College of Education, Senior-Level

About Us:

Boise State University is located along the banks of the Boise River and a short stroll from the state capitol. We are committed to an innovative, transformative, and equitable educational environment that supports student success, and advances Idaho and the world.

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Job Summary/Basic Function:

Serves as a scholarly collaborator in the Math Education Collective research group at Boise State.
Supports research activities in multiple sponsored projects, including taking lead responsibility for
particular components, under the general direction of senior researchers.

This is a 12 month position working a standard 20 hours a week.

Department Overview:

The Center for School and Community Partnerships at Boise State University has a robust project portfolio, with more than a dozen projects, 28 staff, and 8 affiliated faculty. Annually, we administer more than $6 million in projects, and our work serves hundreds of Idaho schools, and thousands of educators and students. Our work is grounded in a strong commitment to service, and community-engaged partnerships that support the work of public education systems. Applicants will join a team of professionals with a variety of expertise in instruction, student support services, school leadership, STEM education, special education, school nutrition, program evaluation, and other topics.

Level Scope:

Recognized subject matter expert who knows how to apply theory and put it into practice with in-depth understanding of the professional field with limited oversight from managers. Independently performs the full range of responsibilities within the function; requires deep job knowledge of area typically obtained through higher education combined with experience. Manages large projects or processes and problems faced are difficult and often complex; analyzes problems/issues of diverse scope and determines solutions. May manage programs that include formulating strategies and administering policies, processes, and resources; functions with a high degree of autonomy. Influences others regarding policies, practices and procedures.

Essential Functions:

60% of the time the Research Scholar will:
● Operate and maintain research or field equipment, as applicable.
● Supervise or mentor and train undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, and research staff.
● Take lead responsibility for discrete components of a larger research project under the general direction of a senior or principal researcher.
● Prepare complete documentation of research activities for reference purposes, including following applicable data management protocols.
● Analyze, interpret, and document research findings for review.
● Compare actual results and expected results and suggest solutions to correct the deviations.
● Evaluate existing research techniques and recommend improvements to ensure quality and productivity.
● Assist in the preparation of proposals and reports.
● Assist in the teaching of classes.

35% of the time the Research Scholar may:
● Synthesize literature.
● Lead data collection and analysis procedures.
● Develop educational materials based on research.
● Present research findings.
● Assist in development of project-related materials.
● Learn new research techniques.

5% of the time the Research Scholar will perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

● Team player with an excellent work ethic, meticulous attention to detail, and high intrinsic self-motivation to learn and work in the lab or field, as applicable.
● Ability to acquire accurate, reproducible data with a critical eye towards consistency, reproducibility, and the scientific method in general.
● Scientific writing skills demonstrated through peer-reviewed publications.
● Experience presenting research results in meetings, conferences, and seminars.
● Excellent project and time management skills.
● Strong interpersonal and mentoring skills.
● Advocate for safety and ethics in the workplace.

Minimum Qualifications:

Requires a minimum of a Ph.D. degree or equivalent terminal degree in a relevant discipline, with a minimum of 2 years postdoctoral experience (or equivalent research experience) with a demonstrated record of research productivity. A Master’s degree or equivalent, plus at least 5 years of relevant post-master’s professional work experience, or in rare instances, a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, plus at least 8 years of exceptional relevant professional experience also will be considered.

Preferred Qualifications:

● Experience designing and conducting research involving mathematics teachers.
● Experience leading mathematics preservice and/or in-service teacher education activities.
● Experience collaborating on multi-researcher teams.
● Scholarly knowledge of K-12 mathematics teacher education.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary of $65,000/yr. Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you and your family. Learn more about our benefit options at

Required Application Materials:

Cover Letter, Resume, and 3 professional references.



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