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Research Scientist

JOB ID: 2012-10483
POSTED\nDATE: 5/10/2012
POSITION TYPE : \nRegular Full Time
CATEGORY: Professional\nDevelopment


Pearson has one defining goal: to help people\nprogress in their lives through learning. We champion innovation and\nwe invest in models for education that deliver on our promise for\neffective, accessible, and personal learning from early literacy,\ncollege and career readiness to professional education, through data\ninformed instruction and inventive applications for mobile and digital\nlearning.

Pearson, the world's leading learning company, has\nglobal-reach and market leading businesses in education, business, and\nconsumer publishing and is listed on the London and New York stock\nexchanges (UK: PSON; NYSE: PSO). For more information, visit\n****
Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative\nAction Employer, and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants,\nincluding minorities, women, veterans, and people with disabilities\nare encouraged to apply.


Pearson, Uncommonly\nRewarding

Pearson is the world's leading education company, providing\neducational materials, technologies, assessments and related services\nto teachers and students of all ages. We operate in more than 70\ncountries. We are also a leading provider of electronic learning\nprograms and of test development, processing and scoring services to\neducational institutions, corporations and professional bodies around\nthe world.

Assessment and Information

We are also the largest\nprovider of educational assessment services and solutions in the US\n(Pearson Educational Measurement), developing, scoring and processing\ntens of millions of student tests every year. We mark school\nexaminations for the US federal government, 20 American states, and\nscore more than 100 million multiple-choice tests and 30 million\nessays every year. Pearson also scores the National Assessment of\nEducational Progress (the only federal nationwide test), and college\nentrance exams. Our formative assessment products measure progress and\nforecast student growth towards US state performance\nstandards.

Psychometrics and Research\nServices

Pearson\ndevelops high quality educational assessment content and applies\nextensive psychometric experience and expertise during the test\ndevelopment, administration, scoring, and reporting processes. Our\nResearch Scientists inform these processes by engaging in basic and\napplied research about innovations in testing and measurement and\nprovide research reports, testing tools, policy briefs, and guidelines\nfor best practices.

Research Scientist

The Research Scientist at\nPearson is engaged in dynamic challenges from real needs in the\neducation industry that provide opportunities to develop creative and\ninnovative solutions for our clients. Our Research Scientists have\nmeaningful collaborative relationships with the very best and\nbrightest talents across Pearson and peers from the measurement\ncommunity. They do this with the full support of senior leaders at\nPearson to balance professional and personal life with flexible work\narrangements coupled with an ongoing commitment to grow talent,\nsupport innovation and continually invest in their employees. \nCollective outcomes are achieved through the collaboration of the wide\nranging talents of the team. In an ‘Always Learning'\n(****environment the Research\nScientist are active participants in the measurement community whose\nhard work is recognized by rewarding opportunities to attend\nconferences, travel to client sites, above market salaries and\nlucrative bonus plans.


Heart of the Midwest and cultural\ngem, Iowa City (

Research Scientist -\nResponsibilities

Scaling and Equating

Shows sufficient familiarity\nwith common scaling and equating designs to review and draft technical\ndocumentation, (including technical specifications)

Conducts and\nguides analyses for item calibration, linking, and equating

Designs,\ndocuments, (including technical specifications), and conducts analyses\nfor item calibration, linking, and equating

Grants, Research, and\nExternal Funding

Develops study design and research analysis\nspecifications for proposed research studies

Identifies study\nlimitations and study parameters to optimize analyses and design in\ngrants/applications for external funding and in research\npublications

Test Construction/Field Testing

Works closely with\nother research scientists, data analysts, subject-matter experts,\nand/or clients/customers in the construction of test forms and the\npreparation of items for various testing purposes


Contributes to technical designs of proposals

Writes\nassociated text under guidance from more senior research\nscientists

Knowledge of Educational Trends

Articulates and uses\nknowledge of national and state trends in education in assigned\noperational assessment programs or research projects

Communication\nSkills, Technical Presentations, and Client Contact

Demonstrates\ncommunication skills, (oral, written, and business), necessary to\nfunction effectively as a primary contact with internal project teams\nand external clients with guidance from more senior research\nscientists.

Communicates about general state and national educational\nissues

Presents technical information to different audiences, (e.g.,\nclient groups or technical advisory committees), with guidance from\nmore senior research scientists

Presents at national\nconferences

Serves as the primary contact for Pearson Psychometric\nand Research Services, (PRS), (e.g., represents group in meetings and\nin other communications) for internal and external clients for a\nsmall-to-medium operational testing program or research project, or\nfor a portion of a large and complex testing program or research\nproject

Project and Talent Management

Demonstrates project\nmanagement skills necessary to lead all PRS-related aspects of a\nsmall-to-medium operational assessment program or research project, or\na portion of a large and complex assessment program or research\nproject

Supports hiring process through applicant\ninterviewing

Provides career plan consultation and\nadvice

Organizational Behavior

Aligns goals with published\ndepartment goals

Follows existing processes and documents processes\nwhen necessary


Education and Work\nExperience

Doctoral degree in educational measurement or a related\nfield from a nationally recognized institution of higher education AND\nat least one year of relevant job experience, preferably with a\ntesting program that has gone through a complete operational cycle OR\nat least one year of relevant job experience on a significant\ngrant-funded research project. Familiarity with psychometric\ntechniques or techniques associated with other relevant areas of\nexpertise. Experience with applied psychometric techniques in a job\nsetting including classical test theory, item response theory, test\nequating, scaling, linking, and standard setting OR experience with\napplied techniques associated with the scientist's specific area\nof expertise.

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Welcome to Pearson. Around a decade ago, we set out to make this a learning company. (We said, a little too immodestly for my liking, that we wanted to become the world’s leading learning company).