Researcher

Location
Cambridge, UK
Salary
£26,000 - £38,500 (depending on experience)
Posted
15 Jan 2019
Closes
15 Jan 2019
Ref
510356701
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Flexible
Job Title: Researcher

Contract: Full-Time, Fixed-Term (12 months)

Salary: £26,000 - £38,500 (depending on experience)

Location: Cambridge

What it's about

Research and Technical Standards (RTS) is technical 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 main focus of the Researcher role is to conduct educational assessment research relating to OCR's products and processes, to assure and develop the quality of assessments and contribute to knowledge in the assessment field.

What you'll be doing
  • Designing and conducting qualitative and quantitative research projects as part of the OCR research programme
  • Undertaking primary and secondary (desk-based) research
  • Authoring research reports to a high standard and presenting findings to a range of audiences
  • Supporting colleagues implementing research outcomes
  • Providing advice and guidance on research methodology
  • Providing advice and support to colleagues on a range of assessment research issues
  • Contributing technical expertise to support Assessment Standards activities for OCR examination series
  • Representing RTS on OCR working groups (as required)


What we're looking for

Qualifications
  • Relevant postgraduate qualification or equivalent experience

Skills

Essential:
  • Knowledge of social science or educational research methodology
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills
  • Data analysis software skills, both qualitative (e.g. MaxQDA, NViVO) and quantitative (e.g. SAS, R, SPSS)
  • The ability to design and manage high quality research projects, delivering results on time
  • Excellent interpersonal skills for dealing with research users from across the organisation
  • The ability to present outcomes in a clear and accessible way, especially to those who may not share your level of expertise
  • The ability to work collaboratively on complex projects

Desirable:
  • Knowledge of general and vocational qualifications

Experience

You will have experience of working in a research environment, designing and conducting research, preferably in social sciences, psychology and/or education, and managing the entire research process (from planning to implementation of research findings).

You will be used to managing and prioritising competing deadlines and demands and will have experience of writing and disseminating high quality research papers and reports, often to tight deadlines.

Though not essential, some experience of the educational assessment context is desirable.

Behaviours
  • Collaborative, communicative and flexible
  • Commitment to accuracy
  • Self-disciplined
  • Proactive
  • Well organised and able to work independently


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.

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
  • Childcare vouchers
  • 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 leads to innovation and creates 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 03/02/2019 and interviews will be held on Wednesday 13 February 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

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