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May 19 2012
Research Scientist
Job ID: 2012-10483
# of Positions: 1
Posted Date: 5/10/2012
Job Location: US-IA-Iowa City
Position Type : Regular Full Time
Category: Professional Development
About this Job
Pearson has one defining goal: to help people progress in their lives through learning. We champion innovation and we invest in models for education that deliver on our promise for effective, accessible, and personal learning from early literacy, college and career readiness to professional education, through data informed instruction and inventive applications for mobile and digital learning.
Pearson, the world's leading learning company, has global-reach and market leading businesses in education, business, and consumer publishing and is listed on the London and New York stock exchanges (UK: PSON; NYSE: PSO). For more information, visit ****Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Pearson, Uncommonly Rewarding
Pearson is the world’s leading education company, providing educational materials, technologies, assessments and related services to teachers and students of all ages. We operate in more than 70 countries. We are also a leading provider of electronic learning programs and of test development, processing and scoring services to educational institutions, corporations and professional bodies around the world.
Assessment and Information
We are also the largest provider of educational assessment services and solutions in the US (Pearson Educational Measurement), developing, scoring and processing tens of millions of student tests every year. We mark school examinations for the US federal government, 20 American states, and score more than 100 million multiple-choice tests and 30 million essays every year. Pearson also scores the National Assessment of Educational Progress (the only federal nationwide test), and college entrance exams. Our formative assessment products measure progress and forecast student growth towards US state performance standards.
Psychometrics and Research Services
****Pearson develops high quality educational assessment content and applies extensive psychometric experience and expertise during the test development, administration, scoring, and reporting processes. Our Research Scientists inform these processes by engaging in basic and applied research about innovations in testing and measurement and provide research reports, testing tools, policy briefs, and guidelines for best practices.
Research Scientist
The Research Scientist at Pearson is engaged in dynamic challenges from real needs in the education industry that provide opportunities to develop creative and innovative solutions for our clients. Our Research Scientists have meaningful collaborative relationships with the very best and brightest talents across Pearson and peers from the measurement community. They do this with the full support of senior leaders at Pearson to balance professional and personal life with flexible work arrangements coupled with an ongoing commitment to grow talent, support innovation and continually invest in their employees. Collective outcomes are achieved through the collaboration of the wide ranging talents of the team. In an ‘Always Learning’ (****environment the Research Scientist are active participants in the measurement community whose hard work is recognized by rewarding opportunities to attend conferences, travel to client sites, above market salaries and lucrative bonus plans.
Heart of the Midwest and cultural gem,Iowa City(
Research Scientist - Responsibilities
Scaling and Equating
Shows sufficient familiarity with common scaling and equating designs to review and draft technical documentation, (including technical specifications)
Conducts and guides analyses for item calibration, linking, and equating
Designs, documents, (including technical specifications), and conducts analyses for item calibration, linking, and equating
Grants, Research, and External Funding
Develops study design and research analysis specifications for proposed research studies
Identifies study limitations and study parameters to optimize analyses and design in grants/applications for external funding and in research publications
Test Construction/Field Testing
Works closely with other research scientists, data analysts, subject-matter experts, and/or clients/customers in the construction of test forms and the preparation of items for various testing purposes
Proposal Development
Contributes to technical designs of proposals
Writes associated text under guidance from more senior research scientists
Knowledge of Educational Trends
Articulates and uses knowledge of national and state trends in education in assigned operational assessment programs or research projects
Communication Skills, Technical Presentations, and Client Contact
Demonstrates communication skills, (oral, written, and business), necessary to function effectively as a primary contact with internal project teams and external clients with guidance from more senior research scientists.
Communicates about general state and national educational issues
Presents technical information to different audiences, (e.g., client groups or technical advisory committees), with guidance from more senior research scientists
Presents at national conferences
Serves as the primary contact for Pearson Psychometric and Research Services, (PRS), (e.g., represents group in meetings and in other communications) for internal and external clients for a small-to-medium operational testing program or research project, or for a portion of a large and complex testing program or research project
Project and Talent Management
Demonstrates project management skills necessary to lead all PRS-related aspects of a small-to-medium operational assessment program or research project, or a portion of a large and complex assessment program or research project
Supports hiring process through applicant interviewing
Provides career plan consultation and advice
Organizational Behavior
Aligns goals with published department goals
Follows existing processes and documents processes when necessary
Education and Work Experience
Doctoral degree in educational measurement or a related field from a nationally recognized institution of higher education AND at least one year of relevant job experience, preferably with a testing program that has gone through a complete operational cycle OR at least one year of relevant job experience on a significant grant-funded research project. Familiarity with psychometric techniques or techniques associated with other relevant areas of expertise. Experience with applied psychometric techniques in a job setting including classical test theory, item response theory, test equating, scaling, linking, and standard setting OR experience with applied techniques associated with the scientist's specific area of expertise.
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