Job Title: Quantitative Researcher
Contract: Full-Time, Fixed term (1 year)
Salary: £32,000 to £45,000 (depending on skills and experience)
Location: Triangle Building, Cambridge
What it’s about
Research and Technical Standards (RTS) is a team of data analysts, researchers and experts in the field of educational assessment. We are focused on maintaining and improving assessment standards in OCR products through structured research, statistical investigation, complex data handling and liaison with stakeholders across the sector.
The Quantitative Researcher leads on research projects, provides and manages statistical data analyses, evaluation and advice service to OCR and stakeholders. You will work closely with other researcher analysts, and coders in the team.
What you’ll be doing
- Lead on quantitative research projects.
- Manage and undertake analyses and communicate outcomes to stakeholders/research users
- Provide data and analyses to inform discussions at technical groups including technical groups across the UK awarding bodies including the regulator
- Give advice on experimental design and statistical methods to colleagues within OCR, incorporating appropriate robust statistical techniques
- Model examination outcomes to provide information to inform the awarding of grades.
- Design and manage analyses of exam data
- Represent RTS on OCR working groups to interpret the data and analyses needs of colleagues across OCR and design analyses and outcomes to fit their needs
- Help to build a culture in OCR where decisions are evidence-based and colleagues understand and value research and data
What we’re looking for
- A degree, preferably a postgraduate degree, in a quantitative discipline which requires sophisticated statistical analyses. This might be in statistics, or other subject areas, such as the sciences or social sciences.
- Familiarity with SAS and SQL (in addition to any other statistical or programmes and programming languages for example R or Phython)
- High level statistical knowledge
- Ability to develop creative and innovative solutions to statistical problems
- Research design
- Report writing
- Ability to communicate complex technical analyses to a non-specialist audience
- Ability to work to tight deadlines and on multiple projects
- Well organised and able to work independently
- Working as part of a project team
- Working in a research environment, either in an academic or commercial context
- Using a range of statistical techniques
- Communicating complex ideas to a non-specialist audience.
- Of the educational assessment context (desirable)
- Collaborative and communicative with a wide range of technical and non-technical staff
- Attention to detail, and commitment to accuracy
- Flexible, and able to adapt plans to adjust to changing situations
Who we are
OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations) is a leading UK exam board. We provide qualifications which engage people of all ages and abilities at school, college, in work or through part time learning programmes. Our general and vocational qualifications equip learners with the knowledge and skills they need for their future, helping them achieve their full potential.
This is an excellent opportunity to join a market leader and be rewarded with valuable learning opportunities, a competitive salary and benefits.
In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a comprehensive package of benefits to help with your life both inside and outside of work:
- Generous contributory pension
- 28 days annual leave, plus bank holidays
- Annual performance related bonus and increases (discretionary)
- Enhanced maternity/paternity pay
- Employee discount and cash back scheme at 2,500 retailers
- Cycle scheme
- Season Ticket Loan
- Subsidised staff restaurants
- Support for professional qualifications
- Discounted access to the University of Cambridge Sport Centre, along with various other local gyms.
This role can be classed as a secondment opportunity for internal candidates with line manager approval.
We know that diversity of thinking, backgrounds and approaches lead to innovation and create an atmosphere where everyone’s contribution is valued. As well as wanting to create diverse teams, we also value diversity in the way our people approach their work. Work/life balance is important to us at Cambridge Assessment and we offer our colleagues a range of flexible working options according to the needs of the business and the individual, so please let us know of any flexible working requirements when applying and we can see how we can support you.
The closing date for receipt of applications is 14/05/2019and interviews will be held on 20/05/2019 and 22/05/2019.
If you’re successful at interview stage we will ask you to undergo background screening (carried out by Credence Background Screening Ltd), to ensure that all information provided to us is accurate. We wish you all the very best with your application.
CAMBRIDGE ASSESSMENT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES EMPLOYER