The ETS AI Research Lab is seeking an Impact Research Scientist to conduct research on the impact and efficacy of innovative learning and assessment product prototype designs. The AI Research Lab focuses on the research and development of user-centered prototypes built on a foundation of learning and cognitive science principles that leverage interactive task design, machine learning, and data sciences to be integrated in various teaching, learning, and assessment solutions.
The innovative and research-focused individual will execute an effective program of research focused on applying foundational research principles and evaluating the impact and efficacy of emerging product prototypes and AI capabilities. As a core member of the lab the Impact Research Scientist will be responsible for establishing a clear and effective research agenda, implementing best practices within cross-functional Lab projects, as well as promoting user-focused, agile-friendly methods of research.
The scientist is expected to have a well-established reputation as a thought leader, experience with product development research practices, a good collaborator, and as an accomplished scientist in the field of learning science, cognitive science, and/or related personalized learning field.
The Impact Research Scientist will be a key collaborator in generating or contributing to new knowledge or capability, and in applying that new knowledge and capability to emerging solutions. This may take the form of new or modified frameworks and theories of action/change; new research methodology; new statistical, analytic or interpretative procedures; new learning designs and constructs.
- Develop and implement an innovative multi-year research agenda for impactful personalized learning and assessment that supports and advances new product prototype development efforts and initiatives. The agenda is expected to evaluate the impact of proposed solutions, identify areas for improving efficacy, and determine the degree of meeting customer challenges
- Provide team leadership in the design and execution of market-facing, user centered research studies including user validation, ecological efficacy, and design impact studies
- Provide team leadership in the design and implementation of complex, user-focused research projects involving the coordination of interrelated tasks performed by cross-functional teams of scientists, associates, and other experts (e.g., data scientists, learning scientists, instructional designers, user experience researchers)
- Act as a thought leader internal and external to ETS sharing new ideas through various communication outlets including formal and informal publications, conference presentations, and other speaking engagements; maintain active engagement with and leadership in relevant professional organizations.
Experience and Skills
Education, Certifications, or Special Licenses:
- A Doctoral degree in Educational Research or Measurement, Cognitive or Learning Science, or a closely related field is required. Strong background in educational measurement is also required. A Masters degree with relevant experience would also be considered.
Relevant Years of Experience:
- At least three years of progressively independent research experience
- Passionate about educational opportunities and equity in education
- Experience in the research of assessment and learning solutions in various educational contexts (PK, K-12, HED, Language Learning, Professional training)
- Application of agile development, user centered design and experience with user centered research
- Experience with educational technology
- Strong evidence regarding strategic thinking and problem solving
- Established ability to interact successfully with colleagues in the field on substantive issues, and to communicate clearly and effectively with a range of other stakeholders
- Strong administrative skills, including the ability to prioritize needs and resources
- Handle multiple tasks, and establish and meet deadlines