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Research Director - Psychometrician

The National Foundation for Educational Research

Location: Slough
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 18th April 2019
Closes: 18th June 2019
Job Ref: HKSLO3005/SG-HL-19-014

Want to put your classical test theory, equating, linking and item response theory to good practice within educational research?  

With our 70 year history, NFER is a highly respected and independent charity that carries out research within education. Our robust and innovative research, assessment, and other services are widely known and used. Our clients include government, third sector organisations, private and public companies and education sector associations. We have a reputation as an organisation that informs policy and practice, helping to ensure the best possible education for children and young people.  

Working closely with a variety of research teams you’ll use your statistical and psychometric background to lead the development and delivery of a programme of psychometric research. You’ll lead the psychometric components of major national test development projects, managing our internal teams, external partners, and liaising with high profile clients.  

Your skills will contribute to strengthening our psychometric capability and capacity, promoting innovation and new approaches to psychometric analyses. 

Key parts of your role include;  

  • Scope and shape design, methods and analyses, preparing bids and proposals, and deliver projects that have an impact on learners, practitioners or policy makers  
  • Design and direct psychometrics projects and manage the psychometric contribution to assessment or evaluation projects  
  • Lead and oversee the sampling and psychometric elements of high profile national projects  
  • Share findings with the education policy and measurement communities in the UK and internationally  
  • Engage with the wider psychometric and test development community and contribute to NFER’s understanding of psychometrics and outcome measurement.  

Your technical background:  

  • A degree in Quantitative Psychology, Statistics, Educational Measurement, data analysis or related subject  
  • Applied research in the foundations of psychometrics including classical test theory, item response theory, structural equation modelling, mixed-effects modelling  
  • Ability to learn the relevant science, including skills development, developmental psychology, or cognitive psychology  
  • Knowledge of at least one scientific programming environment: R, Python, Stata, MATLAB  

You’ll love this job, if:  

You enjoy drafting psychometric components of proposals that lead to income generation activities.  

Bonus Points:

We’re eager to hear from you if you’ve worked as a statistician, psychologist or research scientist. You might have come from developing SJT or have a good insight into behavioural science in relation to tests and assessments. You could come from a pharmaceuticals background or within academic research.  


  • Competitive salary  
  • Generous pension scheme  
  • Free parking  
  • 30 days’ holiday per year plus Bank Holidays + additional discretionary days  
  • Excellent support for professional development  
  • Great work/life balance (35 hours worked per week)  

NFER is a not-for-profit organisation and an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from all sections of the community. This role is open for Tier 2 sponsorship.  

So, if you are looking for a fresh, new challenge as a Research Director – Psychometrician, apply via the button shown.  

There is no closing date for this role, applications will be considered as and when received. For further information about this position please call: 01753 637269. Please do not contact this number if you are an agency/third party. This number is strictly for candidates only.

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