Arizona State University — Senior Research Scientist

Senior Research Scientist
Off-Campus: Scottsdale

Close Date: 24-January-2023
Salary Range: $80,000 – $100,000 per year; DOE

Job Description
EdPlus at ASU is currently seeking a motivated and skilled Quantitatively Minded Mixed-Methods Researcher to join our high-performing Action Lab team. Action Lab is a learning laboratory inside EdPlus that provides key research findings to improve the ASU learning environment. With an emphasis on online learning, our predictive and evaluative analyses support student success and persistence. Action Lab works on transformational projects to increase the scale of learning through rigorous and multidisciplinary scholarly research committed to improving equity, inclusivity, and quality of education for learners everywhere.

This position will directly support the research of Dreamscape Immersive Classroom. Dreamscape Immersive Classroom enables students to interact in real-time as fully rendered life-like avatars, with eye contact and lip-synch, in immersive 3D virtual learning environments. These environments can take students anywhere in the universe, from inside a Hydrogen atom, to the Egyptian pyramids or the surface of Mars. They can be networked with other immersive classrooms located anywhere which has robust internet connectivity, allowing students and faculty to interact and collaborate remotely inside a shared 3D contextual environment.

Directly reporting to the Executive Director of the Action Lab, this researcher will manage research development, implement processes, and report findings. This position develops, analyzes, coordinates, and maintains research information, including but not limited to: IRB documents, survey information, databases, archival files, and information systems for evaluation and decision making. This researcher will suggest and align methodologies with research goals. To do this, they will use a range of tools to acquire information and analyze/interpret data, write up reports, and present findings to management and other stakeholders. This researcher will identify trends and patterns and conduct fieldwork and tests. This researcher will regularly extract, clean, merge, transform, and analyze data. They will provide technical assistance and research consultation to colleges, departments, faculty, administration, and public/private sector constituencies on research affordances, issues, and outcomes assessment, including interpretation, complementarity analysis, evaluation, and data-informed decision making.

The researcher will deliver presentations and communicate effectively at all levels. The researcher needs to be resourceful and demonstrate excellent time management, willingness to collaborate, learn new things, and patience to succeed.

This opportunity might be perfect for you if you are passionate about conducting high-quality quantitatively minded mixed-methods research and love working to improve higher education access, inclusivity, and reach while researching new ways of learning through and with VR/immersive learning.

EdPlus is a unit of the ASU Enterprise focused on the design and scalable delivery of digital teaching and learning models to increase student success and reduce barriers to achievement in higher education. We advance the economic, social, cultural, and overall health of the local, national and international communities served by ASU.

EdPlus at ASU

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  • Healthcare
  • Financial Security
  • Retirement
  • Family Resources
  • Tuition Reduction (Eligible ASU Employee, their dependents and spouse.)
  • Discounts

Department Name
EdPlus at ASU DTL Action Lab

Essential Duties

  • Collaborates and works with multiple stakeholders and groups across the University to conduct and oversee qualitative research to inform evidence-based instructional practices, pedagogy, engagement, and technology.
  • Seeks, evaluates, and assists with implementing new and emerging technologies that have potential value for both research purposes and online teaching/learning.
  • Selects, develops, and/or recommends appropriate research design methodologies, data analyses, and statistical procedures; Determine appropriate methodology to be used for particular project(s).
  • Communicates with internal Action Lab horizontal and vertical owners, other Dreamscape researchers, internal EdPlus colleagues, and external constituencies to obtain necessary information to make strategic research plans.
  • Coordinates and determines compatibility of data from various sources (e.g. internal ASU data tables, external datasets) with support from data management teams.
  • Manages data collection and compilation; Analyzes and interprets quantitative data and collaborates on qualitative and mixed-method data.
  • Prepares and presents research findings to various audiences on research results.
  • Writes technical reports, presentations, and strategically as needed writes articles for publication.
  • Collects qualitative data through interviews, focus groups, observations, text, and others.
  • Cleans qualitative data for further analysis using QDA software.
  • Performs literature reviews to inform research design on a wide variety of projects.
  • Organizes, and follows through with our best team practices of organizational structure for managing a high volume of research files.
  • Ability to track, manage, prioritize and report daily, weekly, and monthly tasks.
  • Utilizes various computer programs and software to perform data computation, statistical analysis, etc. (ability to read and program in R is highly desired; flexibility to work in other languages and environments including Python, Julia, SQL, and Alteryx is desirable)
  • Serves on internal committees and ad-hoc workgroups, and attends meetings with departments, external reviewers, etc.
  • Directly interfaces with unit leadership, faculty, staff, researchers and/or administrators across the university regarding ongoing operations, applications and existing courses, the selection of appropriate media and delivery systems and planning for new course development.
  • Conducts and assists with the development of long- and short-range goals. Develops objectives and activities based on department goals.
  • May supervise, monitor, or coordinate the activities of subordinates.
  • Assumes or coordinates other duties or projects as assigned or directed.

Required Minimum Qualifications
Master’s degree in a related discipline and three years of professional experience in information analysis or other relevant field; OR, Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline and five years of professional experience in information analysis or other relevant field; OR, Any equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualificiations

  • Evidence of creative research design ideas to illicit defensible and co-informed research findings.
  • Ability and willingness to work in a highly matrixed and team environment.
  • Experience in data management, and statistical analysis and modeling in R or similar.
  • Experience in survey design/implementation/analysis, focus groups, interviews, and qualitative methods in general.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with SQL and Alteryx or an ability to learn.
  • Experience with quantitative research methods (experimental/quasi-experimental design, descriptive and inferential statistics, etc.) and mixed-methods integration of qualitative and quantitative research.
  • Broad experience/interests in a variety of statistical abilities and interest in developing skills to match needs in these areas.
  • Evidence of basic understanding of regular expressions to extract data from semi-structured and unstructured data sources.
  • Evidence of effective communication and collaboration skills.
  • Experience in higher education research and practice preferred.
  • Evidence of a PhD or MA/MS strongly preferred, preferably in education/learning sciences, data science, or related discipline; will readily consider candidates that are close to defense date/ABD.

Working Environment
EdPlus at ASU is located at SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center. The center houses a diverse business community that links technology, research, education, and entrepreneurship to position ASU and Greater Phoenix as global leaders in the knowledge economy.

Activities are primarily performed in a regular, climate-controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting or standing. Daily use of desktop or laptop computer is required. Ability to clearly communicate to perform essential duties. Regular review of completed tasks.

EdPlus at ASU supports flexible work options, ranging from alternate work schedules to hybrid remote work schedules, subject to approvals per ASU policy.

Department Statement:
EdPlus defines itself through a culture of curiosity, risk-taking and refusing to accept the status quo. As a central enterprise unit for ASU focused on the design and scalable delivery of digital teaching and learning models to increase student success and reduce barriers to achievement in higher education, our commitments support the university charter. ASU is a national service university and aspires to accelerate positive social outcomes through the seamless integration of cutting-edge technological innovation and scalability. EdPlus employees are valued, respected, and encouraged to be their unique selves. We are committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in everything we do. We know that our ability to deliver high-quality services and educational experiences is strengthened by the diversity of our employees. Our innovative culture drives outcomes through serving learners, achieving milestones, striving for excellence, solving problems, feeling a sense of urgency, and being bold.EdPlus at ASU  

ASU Statement
Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 100,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

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