Research Associate

About Brown:

Brown University is a leading research university distinct for its student-centered learning and deep sense of purpose. Our students, faculty and staff are driven by the idea that their work will have an impact in the world.

Brown University offers a flexible work/life balance; summer hours, winter break and a comprehensive Benefits package including time off, annual paid holidays; benefits offerings including health, dental, vision, tuition assistance, retirement, wellness, employee discounts and more.  To learn about Brown University’s benefits, visit the University Human Resources web page here for further information.

About the Opportunity:

The Annenberg Institute’s research team brings together education leaders and researchers to solve pressing educational challenges, with a specific focus on the educator workforce, professional learning, student learning acceleration, and student engagement. Drawing on the complementary expertise and earned trust of partners, we seek to improve student and school experiences through stronger use of data and evidence while producing research that has impact on a national scale.


The Research Associate will work directly with Professor Matthew Kraft to advance a range of ongoing research projects related to the K-12 teacher workforce and tutoring. The Research Associate will also contribute to a new line of inquiry at the intersection of education and climate science with the aim of studying how education systems can advance efforts to address climate change on multiple fronts.

This position requires a strong independent work ethic, interest in education, ability to collaborate with the research team and external partners, commitment to equity, and quantitative research skills. Candidates must possess a willingness and ability to support and promote a diverse and inclusive campus community as part of an organization that centers equity in its work.


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, economics or related social science fields and 1-2 years of research experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience; master’s degree preferred
  • A strong quantitative background
  • Experience in Stata (or other software like Python or R) to analyze data
  • Strong interest in education research
  • Strong interest in climate science (prior training is a plus but no expertise required)
  • Ability to work independently or as a member of a team


  • Experience with data management and statistical analysis
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks, set priorities, and meet deadlines
  • Excellent judgement and ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to interact effectively with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Skills with Google suite apps
  • Skill/competency with statistical software (e.g., STATA, R)
  • The incumbent must have a demonstrated ability to support a community of diverse perspectives and cultures in an inclusive environment. 

Additional Information:

This is a fixed term position with the possibility of renewal annually. This position is contingent on funding.
Please include a cover letter when submitting your application.
Background and education check required.

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