• Senior Research Scientist, Learning, Assessment, & Navigation Experiences

    Job Locations US-IA-Iowa City | US-Remote
    Posted Date 3 months ago(8/28/2018 11:42 AM)
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  • Overview

    ACT is a nonprofit organization helping people achieve educational and workplace success.  Our programs are designed to boost lifelong learning in schools and workplaces around the world. Whether it's guiding students along their learning paths, enabling companies to develop their workforce, fostering parent, teacher, and counselor understanding of student progress, guiding job seekers toward career success, or informing policymakers about education and workforce issues. ACT is passionate about making a difference in all we do.


    Learn more about working at ACT at act.org!


    Implement a research agenda which integrates the most recent findings from research in learning sciences with best practices in applied studies and principled research design. Lead and/or participate in the application of learning models, methods, and measures to optimize experiences in diverse education and work contexts. Apply learner-centered design approaches to frame problems around learner’s experiences. Co-develop frameworks and research syntheses addressing the application of learning sciences in various contexts (e.g., digital environment). Use design-based research approaches to conduct studies, develop effective solutions and support implementation of best practices. Seek out and participate in internal/external consulting and partnership activities as a subject matter expert. Work collaboratively with staff in Research and across ACT to support current and future initiatives across a wide spectrum of areas (e.g., core academic subjects, general cognitive skills, socio-emotional learning, education and career navigation). This position requires strong attention to detail, collaborative skills, and communication skills. 


    Typical work-related activities include:

    • Work collaboratively with staff in Learning, Assessment, & Navigation Experiences and across areas in Research to design, develop, and collect evidence to realize the potential of learning experiences for improving engagement, learning, and assessment in diverse contexts
    • Collaborate with ACT staff in thought leadership and research on approaches to learning, instruction, cognition, and other areas related to the learning sciences
    • Participate in design, development and implementation of research projects, studies, and collaborations needed to support current and future products and services grounded in the learning sciences
    • Participate in the growth of the organization’s capacity for developing and applying learning models, methods, and measures
    • Lead functional and cross-functional teams in the integration of learning sciences into the development, implementation, and improvement of technology rich environments
    • Participate in the creation, application and integration of robust approaches to multimodal data (i.e., simultaneous data from multiple sources, including verbal reports, eye movements, log files and assessment results)
    • Participate in national and international research and scholarly contributions through research, publications, and presentations to enhance ACT’s visibility and reputation for thought leadership in the professional community
    • Seek out and participate in strong internal/external collaborative relationships and partnerships






    • Doctoral degree in learning sciences, developmental psychology, educational psychology, or related field;
    • Or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired.



    • A minimum of 6 years of demonstrated experience in application of learning sciences and/or cognitive sciences required
    • Research expertise in the learning sciences or related field
    • Fluency in learning theories
    • Knowledge of design-based research and basic psychometrics
    • Applied experience in designing assessments and learning environments
    • Experience in the development, presentation, and publication of high-quality scholarly contributions
    • Experience in learning progressions, learning sciences, and/or game-based learning
    • Experience in learning analytics techniques desirable


    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


    • Demonstrated ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals, conduct presentations, and participate in relevant national and international research communities
    • Knowledge of learning sciences and research design
    • Lead research projects
    • Organize and present complex results to diverse audiences
    • Understand design principles and human-centered design methods
    • Set goals and priorities
    • Meet multiple deadlines
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills
    • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in teams
    • Develop innovative solutions to complex problems


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