Senior Researcher

Cambridge, UK
£37,800 - £52,600
06 Sep 2019
23 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Job Title: Senior Researcher

Contract Type: Full-Time, Fixed-Term (1 year)

Salary: £37,800 - £52,600

Location: Cambridge

What it's about

The Research and Technical Standards team in OCR is looking for a Senior Researcher to join the team. The team is responsible for supporting OCR's vocational and general qualification awards in terms of data provision and technical support, and for providing technical input into assessment issues nationally, and qualification reform.

The main focus of the Senior Researcher role will be on producing research and technical analyses to inform and influence technical discussions internally, with other awarding organisations and with the regulator. You will lead research projects which contribute to the work of the team, ensuring that research projects are conducted to schedule, are of very high quality, and that research processes are efficient and effective. You will be responsible for dissemination of those projects to both internal and external audiences. Familiarity with standards and technical issues within assessment would be an advantage. You will also be responsible for line managing and developing the Research Assistant post.

What you will be doing
  • Designing and leading high quality research studies, often working closely with other internal stakeholders, other awarding bodies or the regulator.
  • Providing analyses and short reports at short notice to inform discussions internally, with other awarding bodies and the regulator.
  • Disseminating and implementing research findings with internal and external colleagues.
  • Contributing technical assessment expertise to the summer examination series, providing advice and support to colleagues.
  • Managing a Research Assistant.

What we're looking for:

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

  • Postgraduate degree, PhD desirable

Skills and Experience
  • Proven research background
  • Strong knowledge of research design and methods
  • Up-to-date knowledge of the UK examination and assessment system
  • Proficient user of statistical data analysis software, preferably in SAS
  • Strong writing skills
  • Experience disseminating research to a range of stakeholders
  • Experience with qualitative research methods
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Line management experience desirable

  • Happy to collaborate with a range of different stakeholders
  • Focus on accuracy
  • Committed to developing new skills and sharing knowledge

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.

Work/life balance is important to us here at Cambridge Assessment, and we offer all our colleagues a range of flexible working options, which suit both the business and the employee. So please let us know of any flexible working requirements when applying and we can see how we can support you.

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 22/09/2019 and interviews will be held on week starting 01/10/2019 .

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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