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. Position reports to the VP of Research Operations.

  • Manage survey process: Format surveys with online survey software, deploy surveys, track responses, provide technical support to respondents, follow up with non-responders, clean data, and aggregate 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; analyze qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Communication: Serve as main contact with teachers to distribute information about studies, field questions, 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.



  • Bachelor's degree
  • Administrative experience
  • Interest in research
  • Excellent organizational skills and strong attention to detail, particularly with maintaining and tracking data
  • Excellent interpersonal written and verbal skills, with the ability to interact with individuals at all levels
  • A strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite; MS Excel in particular
  • Ability to work against tight deadlines in a team-oriented environment
  • Ability to communicate in a highly professional manner with individuals both internal and external to the company, using tact and good judgment in handling sensitive communication
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects, tasks, and priorities as part of a team
  • Knowledge of K-12 school organizations/environments
  • Ideal applicant would have experience with surveys, but training will be provided to an otherwise strong candidate.

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, which may include the following.

  • 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 are also responsible for creating and providing professional development on research methods and for managing relationships with external clients and colleagues. Some travel is required.


All candidates must 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, and data collection methods
  • Experience in U.S. K-12 schools, preferably teaching or research
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects, tasks, and priorities as part of a team
  • Ability to work in a highly professional manner with individuals both internal and external to the company
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Analytic and problem solving skills
  • An interest in quantitative information, qualitative evidence, and data analysis
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Organized, comfortable working against deadlines, and able to pay careful attention to detail

We will give preference to candidates who have experience with and understand the fundamentals of randomized trials in education. The candidate should have the capacity to think 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, 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.