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Project Scientist (WRITE Center)

Recruitment Period

Open August 5th, 2019 through Friday, Sep 6, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


UCI School of Education
Project Scientist
WRITE Center

We are seeking a qualified, highly motivated person to work in the Institute of Educational Sciences national research and development grant-funded WRITE Center in the School of Education at the University of California Irvine. The project scientist will work under the supervision of the Center Director and Director of Research to communicate, manage, and fulfill the center’s mission in numerous ways. Chief among the duties are to: 1) coordinate a team of faculty, advisory board members, staff, and graduate students to create a national center that is publically accessible to scholars, teachers, and policy makers; 2) manage research projects proposed by the center faculty (e.g., analysis of extant data; collecting data on history teachers’classroom practices through surveys and observations; pilot writing prompts); 3) help develop and validate a professional development intervention program for history teachers; 4) disseminate program resources for public consumption and develop our web presence; and 5) serve as a liaison to academic, teacher, and policymaker audiences. Other responsibilities include but not limited to recruiting and working with local educational agencies, training and supervising research staff on project-related activities, and conducting teacher professional development workshops, data management and analysis as well as dissemination efforts (e.g., writing peer-reviewed manuscripts, presenting at conferences, writing teacher-friendly reports on project findings, and applying for and supervising IRB requirements). This project is led by Dr. Carol Booth Olson.

Appointment may be renewed after the first year pending funding and performance. Rank and salary commensurate with experience. Expected start date is October 1st, 2019.

Minimum Qualifications
• Ph.D. in Education, Psychology, or Similar Field
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Experience with grant managements/writing for federally-funded projects

Preferred Qualifications
• Excellent data management and analysis skills
• Knowledge in language and literacy development
• Knowledge and experience in school-based research

• Experience in working with linguistically, economically, and racially/ethnically diverse populations
• Experience with designing and managing a teacher intervention for secondary teachers
• Experience with designing professional development modules for history teachers
• Experience with digital tools and technology

Qualified candidates should submit curriculum vitae, a cover letter explaining your relevant background and interest in the position, names of three references (please do not solicit letters), and sample paper or publication online at:

Inquiries about application process should be directed to Tory Garcia at Inquiries about the position should be directed to Carol Booth Olson, Professor of Education at UCI at

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - a cover letter explaining your relevant background and interest in the position

  • Sample paper or publication

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)