RESEARCH OFFICER - STATISTICIAN
What it’s about
This job is about using statistical methods to help ensure that the tests, examinations and other forms of assessment offered by Cambridge Assessment are reliable, useful and fair. This is likely to include research into the on-going issues of how to ensure that examinations remain equally difficult over time, how to ensure the accuracy of marking, and understanding the impact of policy changes upon students.
What you’ll be doing
You’ll be applying your analysis skills to the large data sets held by the Group in order to answer a variety of research questions relating to assessment. Some of your work will be used internally within the Group to feed into developments in operational processes. Other work will be intended for an external audience to help inform policy decisions and to advance academic knowledge.
What we’re looking for
Ideally we’re looking for someone with a formal qualification at Masters level or above in statistics. However, we would also consider candidates with a Masters degree in research methods if this included substantial statistical content. We also want someone with practical experience of data analysis including experience of presenting results to non-technical audiences.
You will need to be a self-motivating individual, able to set yourself high standards. As well as being highly numerate, you will need to be able to express yourself clearly in written reports and oral presentations. Experience with one of the statistical packages SAS or R would be an advantage, as would specific skills or knowledge in any of the following areas: psychometrics; statistical modelling; data visualisation; working with large databases; and general programming.
Who we are
Cambridge Assessment is Europe's largest assessment agency, incorporating three major awarding bodies. It plays a leading role in researching, developing and delivering assessment to eight million candidates in 150 countries every year. The Group is a department of the University of Cambridge and a not-for-profit organisation.
The Research Division conducts and publishes authoritative research in order to validate, improve and develop Cambridge Assessment’s products and services, and to influence thinking and policy on educational assessment. We research a wide range of assessment issues working with colleagues across the Group to provide a sound evidence base.
This is an excellent opportunity to join a market leader and be rewarded with valuable learning opportunities, a competitive salary and benefits.
• Generous contributory pension
• 28 days annual leave, plus bank holidays
• Annual performance related bonus and increases (discretionary)
• Enhanced maternity/paternity pay and childcare voucher scheme
• Employee discount and cash back scheme at 1,200 retailers
• Cycle scheme
• Subsidised canteens
• Corporate discounts on BUPACare, Gym memberships and car rental
• Support for professional qualifications
The closing date for receipt of applications is 6th June 2017
To find out more about this role please view the job description or to apply, please upload your covering letter and CV.
As part of your recruitment process you will be required to undergo a background screening. This will be carried out by our selected supplier, Credence Background Screening Limited.