Job Opportunities

Early Childhood STEM Education Specialist, part-time

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University is seeking an Early Childhood (EC) STEM Education Specialist to join our research team beginning in September 2015. The successful candidate will participate in a research study of an innovative professional development (PD) project.

With funding from the National Science Foundation, we are evaluating the effects of our PD model, SciMath-DLL, on educators and children.  The model supports preschool teachers around science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) with supports for dual language learners (DLLs).  The primary study site is Passaic, NJ and the project runs from 2015-2018. This is a unique opportunity to be involved with a federally funded, high profile educational research study with the potential to influence practice and policy in early childhood education on a local and national level.  The EC STEM Specialist may also be involved in a wide variety of research activities, depending on project need and candidate interests.

The EC STEM Education Specialist is a 1-year, part-time position with the possibility of extension for 1-2 more years, and increased hours.  The successful candidate should have a Master’s degree or Masters-level coursework, have experience providing support to early childhood educators (e.g., professional development; coaching), have knowledge of early childhood STEM development, teaching, and learning; have a car, and be willing to travel to key NJ sites.  The primary responsibility for the EC Specialist is to support preschool teachers in their delivery of STEM lessons based on our model.  Other key duties and responsibilities are described below.

Key Duties

·       Coordinate with public school teachers and leaders to provide professional development support to teachers in the field

·       Co-deliver workshops following our approach to STEM to preschool teachers

·       Travel to, attend, and participate in meetings with research partners in Passaic, New Brunswick, and possibly other sites, as needed

·       Work with assigned master teachers (MTs) and teachers to support implementation of the project

·       Act as primary point of contact for assigned MTs and teachers for any SciMath-DLL-related activities

·       Interface with and support university research partners with regard to the research agenda

Possible additional activities

·       Collaborate with NIEER colleagues to develop workshop content and materials

·       Participate in online coaching

·       Contribute to the design and creation of online professional development supports

·       Assist with preparation of publications (e.g., academic conferences; articles)

·       Assist with grant-writing

Required Qualifications/Skills/Experience

·       Master’s degree or Master’s-level coursework

·       Experience working in early childhood educational settings

·       Experience supporting preschool and/or early childhood educators as a coach, master teacher, or professional development provider

·       Knowledge of and/or experience supporting early childhood STEM (one or more of the domains acceptable)

·       Interest in and/or experience with research or research methods

Preferred Qualifications/Skills/Experience

·       PhD and/or doctoral coursework in early childhood education/STEM/research methods/developmental psychology

·       Prior research experience in education

·       Experience working in preschool educational settings

·       Experience as a lead teacher in preschool settings

·       Knowledge of issues affecting DLLs in early education

Preferred Attributes

·       Punctuality, dependability, reliability

·       Detail-oriented

·       Willingness to contribute to a team, and considerate of others

·       A positive attitude

·       Sense of humor a plus

Interested candidates should send a resume/CV and a cover letter describing relevant qualifications, skills, and experience to Hebbah El-Moslimany, Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Assistant Research Professor (multiple positions)

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) is a leader in research and analysis relating to early childhood education policy. NIEER provides independent research-based information to inform local, state, and national policy and practice.  Faculty members conduct innovative studies and contribute to important policy discourse nationally and internationally. We invite applications for multiple positions. A detailed description of responsibilities and desired qualifications is provided below.

NIEER is a unit of the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University--the State University of New Jersey (New Brunswick), one of the nation’s most distinguished public research universities. Additional information about NIEER can be found at  Rutgers University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

To apply, please send a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to and reference the job code listed below. Review of applications will begin immediately, and the posting will remain open until the positions are filled.

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) seeks Assistant Research Professors to help inform early childhood education policy through research and policy analysis. As we seek to fill multiple positions in our team, fields of specialization are open.  However, areas of high interest include measurement and assessment of young children, early childhood math and science learning and teaching, early care and education policy, and program evaluation.  All candidates are expected to have strong analytical skills

Research Assistant Professor responsibilities vary according to the background of each individual joining our team but will include a mix of the following:

Supervise data collection and manage field studies.  Manage large data sets for a variety of research projects including state and national studies.  Develop and manage surveys.  Lead and contribute to quantitative analysis, and write research reports including project deliverables and peer-reviewed publications.  Write brief time-sensitive reports in response to requests from a variety of audiences.  Review research and communicate relevant findings to policy makers and practitioners. Design and deliver technical assistance to state governments seeking to implement or improve early childhood programs. Lead and assist in development of new research projects, including writing grant proposals. 

The positions require a doctorate in education, psychology, human development, sociology, economics, public policy, or another field of relevance to early childhood policy and practice. We also expect successful candidates to have: a strong desire to work in inter-disciplinary teams; the ability to successfully develop peer-reviewed funding proposals as principal and collaborating investigator; and, demonstrated ability to publish in top-tier peer-reviewed scholarly and professional outlets as well as to engage in the translation of research to policy and practice audiences.  The positions require a strong working knowledge of research methodology. Although candidates with a strong qualitative background will be considered, some knowledge and experience with statistical procedures and programs (for example, SPSS, STATA, and SAS) is required.  Proficiency with advanced statistical analysis including multi-level models and instrumental variables approaches is highly desirable.  Some travel may be required.

Job Code: ARP 323

Data Collectors (multiple positions)

The National Institute for Early Education Research is seeking Data Collectors to train to administer standard preschool evaluation measures (child assessment as well as classroom observation instruments). Positions will be available nationwide and applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
  • Applicants should be graduate students, have a BA or be upperclassman undergraduate students with a focus on child development, early childhood, psychology or related field.

  • Knowledgeable about child development and developmentally appropriate early childhood teaching practices (e.g. Teacher) preferred.

  • Experience in classroom settings and/or working with children highly preferred.

  • Must be available to work 2-3x per week during data collection period; days are flexible.

  • Must be available to attend intensive, full-day trainings that vary between 2 days and a full week.

  • The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate an excellent academic record (GPA should be 3.0 or better).

  • Must have reliable transportation.

  • Spanish speakers needed!

​Pay is competitive and travel reimbursement is provided.

To apply please send a letter of interest, resume/curriculum vita, unofficial transcript (if currently a student), and the names of two references. Submit these to Carol Contreras, at Please include the phrase “Data Collector” in your subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. For questions, contact Milagros Nores, at

Founded in 2002, the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) is affiliated with the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University, a Research I institution.  NIEER supports early childhood policy development by providing independent research and analysis. The Institute’s work includes large-scale, multi-state evaluations of the effectiveness of PreK programs, randomized trials of alternative programs and policies, research syntheses, and national and international evaluations of early childhood programs. 
Rutgers University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to diversity. Women, minorities, and members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.