Pearson Senior Research Assistant in Oxford, United Kingdom

Senior Research Assistant


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Main purpose of the job:

The role will involve a wide range of activities including, but not limited to: promoting best practice through maintenance of key process documents; assisting and mentoring Research Assistants to effectively perform their role; working with the Research Manager and wider R&D Team on the successful completion of project related tasks.

Main activities/responsibilities:

  • Works with Head of Pearson Research and Development, Clinical UK, to promote best practice for the team through maintaining and updating project and administrative processes relevant to the team’s work.

  • Responsible for organising, facilitating and reporting for Project Update meetings.

  • Provides direct coaching to Research Assistants on tasks related to standardisation projects.

  • Takes the lead on collaborating with the research team to generate creative solutions for recruiting participants. Participates in International Group to review solutions for recruiting participants.

  • Participate in editorial tasks associated with product development, such as editing and proofreading materials, liaising with authors and researchers, and other general tasks associated with projects.

  • Supports standardisation projects for the development of key Pearson Clinical products. This roles focuses on day-to-day management of project tasks related to content development and data collection.

  • Supports the provision of training, administration, and scoring support to examiners involved in standardisation projects.

  • Manage administrative tasks associated with standardisation projects.

  • Manage and regularly maintain project databases to a high standard for the duration of the project.

  • Conduct regular updates for project team on key performance indicators for standardisation projects.

  • Contribute to the Research and Development team towards product improvement and development through the sharing of ideas or insights.

  • Support the implementation of current best practice in developing Psychology assessment products and comply with the BPS code of conduct.

  • Continuously develop own skills and knowledge and keep abreast of developments within the area of product development in assessment and other areas as required.

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Essential qualifications and experiences:

  • Educated to first degree in Psychology or another related subject with specialty in psychometrics or educational assessment

  • Extensive experience working on research projects involving data collection and management of data sample

Desirable Experience:

  • Experience in the area of the use and development of psychometric instruments and assessment tools.

Key Competencies:

  • Good organisational, planning and time management skills

  • Conscientious and committed to delivering high quality work

  • Able to solve problems and create successful solutions

  • Knowledge of Psychometric testing

  • Good working knowledge of statistics, including the use of SPSS and Excel

  • Knowledge of Pearson Clinical's product range

  • Knowledge of PRINCE2 project management methodology an asset but not essential

  • Knowledge of psychometric principles

  • Able to build and maintain strong working relationships

  • Self motivated and able to work independently

Work environment:

  • Able to work from central London offices of Pearson UK OR Pearson offices in Oxford UK.

  • Able to travel to UK destinations for work purposes on occasion as needed (not central to the role).


Primary Location: GB-GB-Oxford

Other Locations GB-GB-London

Work Locations: GB-Oxford-Jordan Hill Halley Court Jordan Hill Oxford OX2 8EJ

Job: Professional Development

Organization: Assessments Clinical

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Jan 8, 2019

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1900228

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.