Senior Research Manager


Cambridge, GB

Category:  Assessment and Research

Job Title: Senior Research Manager 

Contract: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: £37,600 - £52,600


What the job is about

As a Senior Research Manager you will join a well-respected and diverse research team, and will find many exciting opportunities for professional development. You will identify and conduct to high scientific and technical standards a range of research activities related to examinations, products and services offered by Cambridge Assessment English. Key areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, language assessment, test validation, integrating language learning and assessment (with particular focus on the role of feedback), and quantitative or mixed methods data analysis techniques.  As a Senior Research Manager you will also engage with a wide range of audiences to showcase Cambridge Assessment English research and expertise. 


What you’ll be doing

We have two open posts – Post A and Post B –which have both shared and distinct accountabilities. Post A will have a predominant focus on IELTS, Post B will focus on learning oriented assessment and the role of feedback. Key principal accountabilities for both posts are:

  • Identify, in consultation with other business divisions, and conduct research which ensures that specific examinations/ products/ services and their associated features meet professional assessment standards and contribute to business objectives
  • Provide a research perspective on issues related to the development of specific exams, learning products, skill areas, technology areas or other areas of interest to the organization.
  • Develop robust quantitative research methodologies, implement research investigations of high scientific and technical standards and report upon the research investigations undertaken.
  • Assist in raising the academic profile of Cambridge Assessment English by publishing research and engaging with a wide range of stakeholders, such as academics, teachers, admissions personnel and policy makers.
  • Plan work schedules, assign tasks and delegate responsibilities involved in research projects.


Specific  accountabilities include:

  • Identify and conduct research in the area of IELTS (Post A) or in the area of learning oriented assessment, using feedback to support learning and monitoring of learner progress (Post B), in order to support the growth and diversification of Cambridge Assessment English and its partners


What we’re looking for



  • Essential for Post A/desirable for Post B: PhD or EdD in a relevant field, e.g. language assessment, applied linguistics, educational measurement or related field.  Applicants near PhD/EdD completion or with a Master’s degree will be considered as well.



  • Strong quantitative and/or mixed methods research skills
  • Sound understanding of language assessment and test validation (Post A)
  • Sound understanding of learning oriented assessment and feedback(Post B)
  • Using data analysis software (e.g. SPSS, SAS, R, Python)
  • Effective written and oral communication skills to explain research and ideas to both specialist and non- specialist audiences
  • Excellent inter-personal skills and confidence in managing professional relationships, both internally in the organisation and externally
  • Ability to prioritise effectively



  • Developing robust research methodologies, implementing research investigations and reporting upon the research investigations undertaken
  • Previous experience with IELTS research (for Post A) or research on learning products (for Post B) would be beneficial
  • Planning and conducting large-scale research projects
  • Planning and conducting test validation projects
  • Using relevant data analysis software (e.g. SPSS, SAS, R, Python)
  • Writing effective reports and publications
  • Giving presentations to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Managing projects, incl. planning work schedules, assigning tasks and delegating responsibilities involved in research projects



  • Taking responsibility
  • Openness to new ideas
  • Innovation
  • Collaboration


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.



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 and childcare voucher scheme
  • 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 9 February 2020; automated video interviews will be held week beginning 17 Feb 2020; face-to-face interviews for short-listed candidates will be held week beginning 24 February 2020.


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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