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Research Scientist (Mid-Career)


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

Job Type: Full-time, salary commensurate with experience.
Start Date: Immediate.

To Apply: Send a cover letter and resume to No calls, please.

Job Description

CAST seeks a Research Scientist (Mid-Career) who is well established in the larger education R & D community, regarded as an expert, and able to secure funds and partnerships. He/she will serve in a critical innovation and research role for the organization. Mid-Career Research Scientists typically have 6 to 11 years of experience postdoctoral work in academia or industry. Research Scientists at CAST are responsible for managing research and development projects, including budgets, staff, project activities and maintaining regular communications with project officers and funders.


The position requires the ability to conduct, support and lead a substantive R&D line of work aligned to CAST mission and vision. This line of work includes:

  • Extending network of external partnerships around research and development activities.
  • Leading a line of work that represents an area of innovation and excellence for both CAST and the field.
  • Leading successful proposal development efforts to secure federal and private funding for new significant multiyear R&D projects.
  • Leading projects as Principal Investigator, Co-Principal Investigator, or as key personnel.
  • Designing, executing and disseminating qualitative and/or quantitative research.
  • Ability to learn and advance knowledge of UDL that contributes to the overall strategic direction of CAST’s mission.
  • As a thought leader, and as appropriate based on organizational needs, consulting and advising educational institutions and personnel on the application of research findings: redefining frameworks, changing policy, etc.
  • Joining national organizations and advisory boards, serving on review panels, consulting on external projects, and/or collaborating on policy formulation.


  • Ph.D. or Ed.D. or equivalent in education, psychology, neuroscience technology or related field
  • At least 6 and up to 11 years of post-doctoral experience in academic or industry job within education.
  • Deep understanding of the way people learn and best practices in education with expertise in the learning sciences a plus—and especially in work that bridges theory, evidence-based practices, and practical application.
  • Knowledge of current education policy and practice environments.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and experience with Universal Design for Learning preferred.
  • Ability to think both incrementally and disruptively within research and development that seeds innovation within education.
  • Ability to mentor, support and develop early career scientists.
  • Experience in grant writing at the federal and/or foundation level, including existing and strong relationships with relevant funders, collaborators, supporting organizations.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills: listening, asking questions, expressing ideas, decision making, resolving conflict, writing, and presenting.
  • Experience working with underserved populations preferred

R&D Domains of Interest

  • Specific content expertise in one or more of the following: literacy, STEM, affect/motivation, self-regulated learning, 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, learners from low SES backgrounds and English language learners.

Technical Skill Qualifications

  • 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.
  • Proficient project management skills.
  • Strong track record in securing funding.
  • Strong publishing and dissemination record.
  • Proven track record of quantitative, design-based, and/or qualitative research skills and analysis methods, with appropriate publications and/or products to demonstrate this capacity.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively in an agile product development environment.


  • Full-time with benefits
  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • To start immediately

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.

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.