Summer Research Associate

Design Connect Create

Do you want to help us change the world by inspiring and empowering girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math? If so, then join our team!

Job Description

The Summer Research Associate will be a post-doc or doctoral student who can work independently and produce excellent results in a short period of time. This position is ideal for a scholar who has already a research agenda that seeks to understand and increase the participation of women and students of color within STEM. The primary objective of this position is to develop a series of case studies and reports that can be shared with funders, partners, and donors.

Why this is a great opportunity

  • Opportunity to administer one’s own research agenda on our population: middle and high school girls from underserved communities who have self-selected to participate in a summer engineering or physics camp. 
  • Opportunity to publish findings in academic journals and/or conference proceedings 
  • Opportunity to network with school districts and educators in Texas, as well as DCC’s industry partners and volunteers

Essential Responsibilities

  • Co-construct a summer research agenda related to girls in STEM within the context of our summer programs 
  • Analyze available data including multiple years of pre/post camp surveys 
  • Collect qualitative data from camp participants, may include observations, interviews, focus groups, and artifacts 
  • Write a series of case studies and reports that can be shared with funders, partners, and on our website. 
  • Work with summer communications manager to push relevant content to media outlets
  • Prepare a proposal for modifications and improvements to our Physics and Engineering Camp curricula 
  • Influence DCC’s long-term research strategy 

Required Qualifications

  • Experience designing and managing a research project 
  • Qualitative research experience/skills 
  • Research experience with minor subjects 
  • Excellent English language skills 
  • Demonstrated writing proficiency 

Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience researching and publishing on STEM education, and/or educational equity
  • Quantitative research experience/skills

Position Details and Pay

  • Flexible duration: May to August, 2019 
  • Flexible schedule: 20 to 40 hours per week, depending on duration preference/availability
  • Primary Location: Dallas, Texas. Camps run from June 3 to August 2, except for July 1 to 5. While it will be important for you to attend the camps for data collection, there is flexibility in the time you spend in Dallas area. 
  • Relocation Assistance: $1200 
  • Must have means of transportation to attend the camps within the Dallas area.
  • May include short trips to Houston and Austin, expenses covered 
  • $20 per hour, $6000 total earnings  
  • This position reports to the Executive Director

How to Apply

  • Please prepare a cover letter addressed to Dr. Meagan Pollock, curriculum vitae, and list of three references with contact information.
  • If you have questions, please feel free to contact us with questions. 
  • Applications accepted until position is filled.

DCC Research Associate

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