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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 275926-AS
Work type: Remote, Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Research

Job Summary:

The Multilingual Learning Research Center at WCER advances educational outcomes for bi/multilingual learners through innovative and socially conscious research and interdisciplinary partnerships with scholars and practitioners. Research at the MLRC focuses on inquiry around the teaching and learning of bi/multilingual learners through descriptive and hypothesis testing studies that have an impact on teaching practice, teacher quality, and policy, in both US and global contexts.

The FFS (fee-for-service) researcher will assist the principal investigator with data collection, analysis, and interpretation, as part of education research projects in international contexts. The ideal candidate will have experience working with principal investigators and as part of research teams in study design and tool development. Experience working with qualitative data (e.g., observations, interviews and focus groups) is required and at least some experience collaborating on quantitative analysis (e.g., analysis of surveys) is preferred. It is also desired that the FFS researcher has experience contributing to writing for diverse audiences, including peer-reviewed journals and practitioner-oriented publications. Other duties may include support on grant proposals, literature reviews, and IRB preparation.

Responsibilities: Provides research expertise to fundamental and applied scientific research and solves problems in research development and applications to support the advancement of research.
  • 20% Collects and analyzes increasingly complex research data, conducts experiments and interviews, and documents results according to established policies and procedures
  • 15% Conducts literature reviews, prepares reports and materials, co-authors publications, and disseminates information to appropriate entities
  • 5% Trains individuals and groups on equipment operations, research protocols, and techniques within a specialized laboratory or research area
  • 15% Develops and implements increasingly complex research methodologies, procedures, and criteria
  • 20% Reviews and edits protocols to ensure accuracy, thoroughness, and consistency
  • 5% Assists in developing grant applications and proposals to secure research funding
  • 10% Develops research-informed resources, tools, and services on behalf of the Center
  • 10% Assists with the identification of research problems and the development of research methodologies and procedures
Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


PhD in education or related field


Required Experience:
* Teaching or working in international schools in global locations (outside the United States).
* Working abroad, with educators, and with individuals of diverse language and cultural backgrounds.
* Working with principal investigators and as part of research teams in study design and tool development.
* Working with qualitative data (e.g., observations, interviews and focus groups).
* Contributing to writing for diverse audiences, including peer-reviewed journals and practitioner-oriented publications.
* Qualitative research methods

Preferred experience:
* Proficiency in English and at least one other language.
* Some experience with quantitative methods (collaborating on survey analysis).

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position will be remote and requires work be performed at an offsite, non-campus (international) work location. Occasional travel may be required to attend work-related meetings and professional development activities.

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $80,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Additional Information:

The Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), established in 1964, is one of the first, most productive, and largest university-based education research and development centers in the world. WCER's researchers and staff work to make teaching and learning as effective as possible for all ages and all people.

WCER's mission is to improve educational outcomes for diverse student populations, impact education practice positively and foster collaborations among academic disciplines and practitioners. To this end, our center helps scholars and practitioners develop, submit, conduct, and share grant-funded education research.

WCER's Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:
Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison and The Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER). Individual differences and group diversity inspire creative and equitable outcomes. WCER actively affirms values and seeks to increase diversity in our everyday interactions, practices, and policies.

For more information and news about our center, please go to

How to Apply:

Please click on the "Apply Now" button to start the application process. As part of the application process, you will be required to submit:

- A cover letter describing how your experience and qualifications meet the requirements of this position addressed to Dr. Jon Nordmeyer.
- A current resume or CV.
- A list of at least three professional references, including contact information.

Our center is conscious of inequities in the field of education and how these disproportionately harm the most marginalized members of our society- including BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color) individuals, people from poor and working-class backgrounds, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ people. We firmly believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or members of other marginalized groups.


Laura Hankes
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Researcher II(RE041)



Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


  The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, including but not limited to, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, or status as a protected veteran and other bases as defined by federal regulations and UW System policies. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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