Career Opportunities within Empirical Education

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Research Assistant
Research Associate

Research Assistant


Research Assistants at Empirical Education provide support to Research Managers, who manage research projects from start to finish. In this role, you will do the following.

  • Manage survey process: Format surveys with online survey software, deploy surveys, track responses, provide technical support to survey respondents and follow up with non-responders, clean data, and combine results.
  • Collect, maintain, and analyze other data: Schedule data collection activities with school principals, teachers, and contracted data collectors; follow up on data requests and other necessary documentation; check, track, clean, and maintain electronic files and associated data; resolve any issues with data; assist with qualitative (descriptive) and quantitative (numeric) data analysis.
  • Communication: Serve as main contact with teachers to distribute information about studies, answer questions, and provide support.
  • Track and document research participation: Serve as a primary point-of-contact for study participants and document changes in participation, including participant job functions (e.g., grade, subject, or school in which participants teach), and communicate relevant changes to research team.
  • Literature reviews and reference desk services: Conduct reviews of research literature and gather relevant background information; assist reference desk service/technical reference library project by compiling relevant research in quick turnaround responses.
  • Perform and document essential project tasks.
  • Other duties may include: data entry, filing, and copying.


Our ideal candidate would have these qualifications.

  • Bachelor's degree (soon-to-be graduates are invited to apply)
  • Administrative experience
  • Interest in research
  • Organized with strong attention to detail (e.g., to maintain and track data)
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal) and experience interacting with professionals in a variety of roles
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite; MS Excel in particular
  • Willingness to work against tight deadlines in a team-oriented environment
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects, tasks, and priorities as part of a team
  • Some knowledge of K-12 school organizations/environments
  • Experience with constructing and managing online surveys, but training will be provided
  • Commitment to fostering an inclusive and welcoming work environment

Email Jenna Zacamy to apply.

Research Associate


Under the guidance of—and in collaboration with—the company’s senior researchers, research associates (who will have the title Research Scientist or Research Manager, depending on their experience and qualifications) are responsible for the life cycle of a research project. In this role, you will perform the following tasks.

  • Write research proposals and prepare/track project budgets
  • Design research studies
  • Design data collection instruments
  • Communicate with representatives from education agencies
  • Review data from education agencies
  • Prepare literature reviews
  • Conduct interviews, classroom observations, and focus groups
  • Analyze qualitative and quantitative data
  • Communicate findings to educators, including writing formal research reports and presenting at conferences and workshops
  • Perform essential project task management and documentation

Research Scientists also create and provide professional development on research methods and for managing relationships with external clients and colleagues. Some travel is required.


Our ideal candidate will have the following qualifications and capabilities.

  • PhD or Masters in education or a field relevant to the organization of instruction, administration of schools, or teaching methods
  • Understanding of research design, statistical analysis, data collection methods, and the evidence standards of the What Works Clearinghouse
  • Insight into U.S. K-12 schools, preferably through a teaching or research role
  • Experience managing multiple projects, tasks, and priorities as part of a team
  • Familiarity with working with a variety of professionals in different roles
  • Demonstrated ability to write in a clear and concise manner, and use direct and clear verbal communication
  • Analytic thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Interest in quantitative information, qualitative evidence, and data analysis
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Organized, comfortable working against deadlines, and pays careful attention to detail
  • Commitment to fostering an inclusive and welcoming work environment

The ideal candidate understands the fundamentals of rigorous evaluations (e.g., RCTs and QEs) in education and has experience thinking through the nuances of implementing programs in complex real-world settings and their implications for the design of the study and the analysis of results.

Email Jenna Zacamy to apply.

Why work with us?

A career at Empirical Education offers a unique opportunity: to make a difference in the world. Working in a small company provides exposure to many projects and significant responsibility. Team members collaborate, support each other, think creatively, and improve the lives of K-12 students and teachers throughout the country.

Equal opportunity employment

Empirical Education’s commitment to equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment in accordance with all applicable laws, directives, and regulations of federal, state, and local governing bodies or agencies. Our specific commitments include the following: We will recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job groups without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, military service, veteran status or protected medical condition.

How to apply

If you are interested in working with a dynamic, growing team of educational and technical professionals, please email a cover letter and resume (we prefer them as attachments) to the email address that corresponds to the position you are applying for. Enter the title of the position you are applying for in the subject line to ensure your email is routed to the appropriate individual.