Research Scientist, Mathematics Content Development and Implementation

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Work type: Non-Tenure-Track Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Education/Training/Instructional Design
Department:18300000 - ED-LASTINGER CENTER

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Job Description:

The Lastinger Center for Learning is an education innovation hub within UF’s College of Education focused on creating equitable education systems that improve teaching and learning across early childhood and K-12 education. Specifically, the Center targets kindergarten readiness, 3rd grade reading proficiency, and algebra proficiency as critical milestones in children’s educational trajectory that are predictive of success in school and life. The Center works at the nexus of research, practice, and policy to develop sustainable systems that leverage educational technologies and improve the implementation of research-based practices. In mathematics, the Center developed Math Nation and its flagship program, Algebra Nation - a mathematics teaching and learning system that offers tailored tools and resources to support students and teachers of Algebra 1, geometry, and Algebra 2.

The Center is currently designing, developing, implementing and scaling a modular professional learning system for mathematics teachers. This competency-based professional learning system will develop educators’ knowledge and skills for effective mathematics instruction. Similar to the Lastinger Center’s previously created Literacy Matrix, each concept presented in the Math Matrix will include foundational content and job-embedded strategies in the areas of instruction, assessment, and intervention with a focus on enhanced content proficiency. Educators will also have the opportunity to apply these strategies and submit practicum activities as evidence of their learning for personalized review and feedback.

The Center is seeking to hire an associate with research expertise in Mathematics Education to provide creative leadership and subject matter expertise. The associate’s main assignment will be research and development, particularly of the Math Matrix. There will also be some expectation for evaluation, dissemination, and grant-writing. This is a non-tenure track position.

The College of Education at the University of Florida is committed to preparing professionals and scholars to meet the needs of a diverse and global society. We are particularly interested in candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to meeting the needs of diverse and underserved populations. The successful applicant will join a collaborative, cohesive, and energetic community of scholars representing a range of races, cultures, and nationalities committed to high quality research, teaching, and service as well as to developing a culturally diverse faculty and student body. 


Subject-Matter Expertise & Content Development

  • Develop and review detailed innovative content for professional learning modules that are context-based, focus on building a conceptual understanding of mathematical content, including curriculum maps, interactive instructional content, extension activities, and assessments, and are based on NCTM and state-specific standards
  • Ensure that professional learning content and pedagogy aligns with relevant research
  • Design engaging and innovative lessons that leverage technology, research-based strategies, and best practices for mathematics instruction
  • Identify opportunities for data collection (including but not limited to pilot studies) to support research related to the Math Matrix and the teachers that it serves
  • Contribute to the Center’s overall mathematics product line design, development, and evaluation.
  • Support the development of reports and the dissemination of findings relevant to the Center’s work in mathematics.
  • Conduct literature reviews to inform research and development of the mathematics product line.


  • Support PI-Sponsored research projects
  • Develops and analyzes research activities for participants and makes changes in methods and procedures as necessary.
  • Abstracts or collects data from participants and enters information into the designated forms/database to comply with study protocols.
  • Participates in internal/external research related conferences and investigator meetings to build and maintain relationships.
  • Assists in the recruitment and relationship building of participants, arranges study visits, and provides instructions to meet the goals of the study.
  • May coordinate multi-project studies
  • Participate in the Research, Evaluation, and Data Committee to support the center’s research and evaluation efforts.
  • Contribute to the grant-writing process in support of researching and developing mathematics products and services.
  • Collaborate with affiliate faculty to support the research and development efforts.


  • Collaborates with research staff, students, OPS, or other research team and/or other coordinators.
  • Facilitates and/or runs research/project team meetings as needed.
  • Builds and maintains a broad network of professional relationships with participants, principal investigator, co-investigators, research study staff, and other collaborators to ensure successful research collaborations.


  • Prepares grant narratives, budgets, and budget narratives.
  • Prepares, negotiates, and manages study contracts.

Other Duties as Assigned

About the College: The College of Education at the University of Florida College, founded in 1906, has consistently been ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the nation in Online Graduate Education for the last six years, 3rd nationally for undergraduate education, and 12th nationally among public graduate colleges of education (U.S. News & World Report). Two of the College's academic programs occupy top-10 spots in the U.S. News rankings: Special Education (5th) and Counselor Education (5th). Our Teachers, Schools, and Society (TSS) program was named the 2020 Program of the Year by the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED). The College has added 45 faculty in the past three years. Cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and public scholarship—often conducted in partnership with other UF colleges, school districts and communities across the state—are yielding powerful learning systems and models that are helping to transform education in today’s changing world, starting with our youngest learners.  The College of Education is involved in three of UF’s designated priority research areas in UF’s state-funded Preeminence initiative.  The College has 100 full-time faculty members with distinguished records in teaching, research and service.  Faculty researchers last year held more than $97 million worth in awards supporting studies and projects addressing education’s most critical issues.  Teaching is one of several areas of study from which UF education students can choose.  More than 1,400 education students are enrolled on campus in 28 bachelor’s and advanced degree programs and concentration areas, within nine academic specialties: K-12 Curriculum and Instruction • Counseling and Counselor Education • Early Childhood Education • Educational Leadership • Higher Education Administration • Research and Evaluation Methods • School Psychology • Special Education • Student Personnel in Higher Education. Enrollment in the College’s nationally ranked online programs tops 1,900 students from around the world.  To sustain the college's innovative edge deep into the 21st century, heightened emphasis on emerging technology, advanced graduate studies and interdisciplinary research will effectively prepare tomorrow's leaders in all education disciplines.  The College's educator preparation programs have been continuously accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954.  Almost 36,000 “EduGator” alumni are located throughout the world.

About the University: The University of Florida, established in 1853, is a public, land-grant research university and one of the most comprehensive and academically diverse universities in the nation.  U.S. News & World Report ranks UF 14th among public universities.  Rankings such as 4th among AAU publics and 2nd in both Forbes and Kiplinger’s “Best Values in Public Colleges” are a result of UF’s commitment to provide the highest quality education at the best value.  UF is home to 16 colleges and more than 200 research, service and education centers, bureaus and institutes, and boasts more than 4,000 faculty members, 50,000 students and 367,000 alumni.  Faculty scholars last year generated $724 million in research awards.  The Florida Legislature designated UF as a “preeminent” state university in 2013.

About Gainesville: UF is situated in Gainesville in north central Florida, a progressive college town that blends big-city cultural and athletic offerings with small-town friendliness and Southern charm, along with excellent schools.  Gainesville is often recognized as one of America’s best college towns and is easily accessible to three major metropolitan areas (Jacksonville, Orlando, and Tampa).  The National Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Gainesville as a “Tree City USA” every year since 1982.  Add the allure of Florida’s famous sunshine, tropical breezes, and abundant wilderness, springs, and rivers nearby, and it’s little wonder that top-caliber faculty and students find our College and University to be the perfect balance of premier academics and a fulfilling lifestyle.

Expected Salary:

Salary is negotiable, competitive, and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Minimum Requirements:
  • Doctoral degree in a field such as mathematics education, mathematics, education or related disciplines
  • History of publication in peer-reviewed research journals in mathematics education
  • Detail-oriented writer able to write concise, engaging, action-driven math education content in accordance with project deadlines
Preferred Qualifications:


  • Experience with online or in-person teaching mathematics and/or education
  • Experience in and knowledge of K12 educational policy
  • Experience writing and leading grants
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills to diverse audiences.
  • K12 teaching experience in the United States
  • Experience developing mathematics curriculum that has been used in online, public, or private school environments for secondary mathematics instruction and professional learning for teachers.
  • A strong commitment for and deep knowledge of research-based and standards-based strategies for K12 Mathematics curriculum development, instruction, and assessment.
  • Experience developing and facilitating professional learning opportunities for mathematics educators.
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills.
  • Commitment to the creation of original, student-centered content for the benefit of educators and students.
  • Carryover and develop strong networks with teachers and administrators in Florida school districts
  • Collaborate with the product management and implementation teams to recruit users, get users ready to go, collect data, and promote/spread the word about our product in key areas with key stakeholders.


  • Knowledge of research on adult learning
  • Knowledge of the public and private math education professional learning industry
  • Knowledge of funding agencies and foundations
  • Knowledge of educational policy
  • Tech proficiency: Microsoft (PowerPoint, Word, Excel), Google Suite (Docs, Forms, Spreadsheets, Slides), and online mathematics tools such as Desmos and Geogebra, among others.
  • Ability to organize and collaborate on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills


  • Centers educators’ and students’ needs
  • Collaborates productively
  • Champions innovation
  • Drives for results
  • Possess high work ethics and integrity
  • Takes initiative
  • Comfortable taking risks for the betterment of the work
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants for the Research Scientist position should send: (1) a letter of application addressing required and desired qualifications, (2) curriculum vitae, and (3) contact information for three references who will be asked to send a letter of recommendation through the online application system. Candidates should submit application materials electronically at Inquiries about the position can be addressed to the search committee chair, Dr. Zandra De Araujo ( If you need technical assistance, please contact Human Resources at 352-392-2477.

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire.  A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible.  Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.

This is a time-limited position. Time limited positions are based on circumstances, such as funding sources, which control the length of time for which the position is available.

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

Health Assessment Required: No


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