Research Assistant / Analyst

Location: 

Cambridge, GB

Category:  Assessment and Research

Job Title: Research Assistant/ Research Analyst

Contract: Fixed-Term until August 2020 (approximately)

Salary: £26,000 - £36,500 

Location: Cambridge

What its about

The Research and Thought Leadership Group at Cambridge Assessment English are recruiting a Research Assistant/ Research Analyst to join our expert team for 12 months. The Research Assistant/Analyst provides analysis support across the group’s activities and will be involved in a range of applied educational research projects. The topics we explore include language learning, language assessment, large-scale survey research, psychometrics and education reform. This is a great opportunity to work on a variety of educational research projects. The post would suit someone with experience of using statistics in social science research, and an interest in applying their skills as part of a multidisciplinary team. The successful applicant will manage data and research processes to support our work helping people learn English and prove their skills to the world. The research and educational work conducted by the group is specialised and appropriate training will be provided.

What you’ll be doing

You will join a diverse team of experts in language testing, learning oriented assessment, and educational measurement, and collaborate with colleagues from across the organisation to ensure the quality and validity of Cambridge Assessment English products and services.

  • Conducting quantitative analysis for a variety of projects led by Research and Thought Leadership teams or other colleagues across the business. Advising on the most appropriate methodologies and inferential tests to use; manage, annotate and archive data files appropriately, and assist with the interpretation and write-up of results for various audiences.
  • Assisting research activities related to test validation, ensuring that exams meet our minimum standards for quality products. This also involves the provision of data processing services, e.g. for promotional activities.
  • Designing work-processes to store research data for accessibility, and standardise reporting and comparisons of analysis across similar research projects. Ensuring analysis and code is clearly explained, along with adequate documentation to record decisions being taken.
  • Writing reports that include the research scope, methods agreed, how results were derived, and results. Providing input into other mediums of research dissemination (e.g. updates on internal and external projects).
  • Acting as project manager where required. Liaising with internal or external stakeholders, and ensuring deliverables are produced to realistic schedules.
  • Working with Research Managers to scope research needs from staff from across Cambridge English and partners, translating these to research questions, and proposing the most appropriate ways of responding to the research questions.
  • Contributing to Cambridge English thought leadership activities, seminars, workshops and training programmes.

 

What we’re looking for

An undergraduate degree with a significant component in quantitative research methods and research design is essential. A degree with a focus on language testing, educational measurement, psychology, or social sciences is preferred, as is a postgraduate degree in a relevant subject.

Skills

  • Highly proficient with Excel (including manipulation of data and use of formulae)
  • Ability to use at least one statistical package for quantitative data analysis (e.g. SPSS, R, STATA)
  • Excellent numeracy and analytical skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Attention to detail
  • Working knowledge of research methods in the social sciences is highly desirable
  • Familiarity with database packages (e.g., SAS; MS Access) is desirable

Experience

  • Carrying out academic quantitative and/or mixed methods research
  • Using relevant data analysis software
  • Writing reports
  • Dealing with people in an office environment
  • Prioritising effectively
  • Experience of designing quantitative social science research is desirable.
  • Knowledge of Cambridge English products and services is desirable
  • Knowledge of key issues in assessment, and preferably in language testing, is desirable

Behaviours

  • Works together collaboratively with others.
  • Is responsible and has a principled approach to their work.
  • Is innovative and interested in improving what they do.

If you have the required qualifications and are interested in contributing to research at one of the world’s leading assessment organisations, please apply now.

Who we are

Cambridge Assessment English is a part of Cambridge Assessment, a department of the University of Cambridge. We are the global leader in English language assessment. We help people learn English and prove their skills to the world. We provide exams in English for speakers of other languages taken by over 5 million candidates worldwide each year, as well as the leading range of qualifications for language teachers.

 

This is an excellent opportunity to join a market leader and be rewarded with valuable learning opportunities, a competitive salary and benefits.

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.

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 22/07/2019 and interviews will be held on 30/07/2019.

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.

 

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