Lead Research Scientist (San Mateo, CA)

IXL Learning - San Mateo, California - Full time

IXL Learning is a leading edtech company with products used by 8 million students worldwide. We are looking for a Lead Research Scientist to develop and execute an efficacy research strategy that supports IXL’s goals for growth.

In this role, you will lead and mentor a team of researchers conducting quantitative studies that evaluate the impact of IXL on student learning. You will work closely with IXL executive leadership to strategize on new research projects and determine the research roadmap at IXL. The ideal candidate is motivated, organized, and passionate about the impact of technology on education.

This is a full time position in our San Mateo office.


  • Assume ownership of the IXL research strategy and work to ensure studies are compelling, thorough, tell a strong story about IXL’s impact
  • Lead IXL’s research team and provide ongoing support and professional development for our research scientists
  • Work with research team to design and conduct experimental and quasi-experimental studies to examine the relationship between IXL usage and student learning outcomes
  • Generate or contribute to new research ideas, research methodologies, and analytical procedures in the area of educational research
  • Gather and analyze internal and external data and discover useful insights for sales, marketing, and product teams
  • Manage external research partners
  • Document and disseminate research results through publications and presentations


  • Ph.D. or Master’s Degree in education measurement, quantitative psychology, applied statistics, or related areas
  • At least three years independent research experience
  • At least one year research leadership experience
  • Deep knowledge in experimental design and statistical modeling (such as regression, multilevel modeling, longitudinal analysis, survival analysis, etc.)
  • Basic knowledge of psychometrics and measurement theory
  • Demonstrated experience with R or Python
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience with machine learning is a plus


IXL Learning is a leading educational technology company on a big mission: creating innovative learning experiences that help all learners reach their full potential. IXL's comprehensive curriculum and insightful analytics help more than 400,000 teachers deliver personalized instruction, and empower over 8 million students to achieve new learning milestones every day.

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