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Research Scientist (Early Career)


Join CAST’s dynamic research and development team and help build and shape CAST's innovation research agenda!

Position Status: Open. To start immediately. Preference given to candidates who can work onsite at CAST in Wakefield, MA.
Job Type: Full-time, salary commensurate with experience
To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to No calls, please.

About CAST

Located a short distance north of Boston, CAST is a nonprofit education research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning. As a nonprofit, we know that every employee contributes to our international reputation as a leader in education research, technology, and universal design for learning. Teamwork, risk-taking, and collaborative thinking are essential to the way we work. Most of all, our mission—to improve learning experiences and opportunities for all individuals—motivates not only what we do but how we do it.

Job Description & Responsibilities

CAST seeks a Research Scientist (Early Career) with research expertise relevant to CAST’s overall research and development agenda, including proposal development, professional contributions, etc. Typically, early career Research Scientists have just completed their Doctoral degrees through the first five years post-doctoral experience in academic or industry job within education. Research Scientists are responsible for managing research and development projects, including budgets, staff, project activities and maintaining regular communications with project officers and funders. We are looking for candidates who are enthusiastic, self-motivated, and have a passion for learning.

  • Contribute to the development of innovative solutions to problems of practice and implementation.
  • Lead proposal teams, prepare proposals, and collaboratively define new research directions with the research and development team.
  • Work both independently and cooperatively across multiple projects with dynamic teams that leverage the varied skill base represented at CAST.
  • Design, execute and disseminate qualitative and/or quantitative research.
  • Serve on advisory boards and/or review panels, consult on external projects and/or collaborate on policy formulation.


  • Ph.D. or Ed.D. in education, psychology, neuroscience or related field.
  • Poses a deep knowledge base and experience in cutting edge quantitative and qualitative research methods, including statistical and/or dynamic analysis.
  • A background in Universal Design for Learning is preferred.
  • Experience in leading diverse project teams or evidence of strong interpersonal skills is required.
  • Specific content expertise in one or more of the following: literacy, STEM, affect/motivation, online learning, assessment, K-12 education, early childhood education, postsecondary education, accessible instructional materials, technology-supported education.
  • Knowledge of diverse learners: students with disabilities, specific disability categories, English language learners, children from low SES backgrounds.
  • Methodological and analytical expertise in one or more of the following: design based implementation research, experimental research, assessment design and evaluation, implementation science, improvement science.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills: listening, asking questions, expressing ideas, decision making, resolving conflict, writing, and presenting.


  • Full-time with benefits
  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • To start immediately
  • Preference given to candidates who can work onsite at CAST in Wakefield, MA.

Work Environment

Our work environment is collaborative, high energy, fun, and stimulating. Join us to be part of a passionate learning community dedicated to busting the barriers to learning for all learners.

We offer competitive compensation packages including health insurance, generous vacation, and flexible schedules. CAST is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to employing a highly-qualified staff that reflects the diversity of our communities and nation.