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Research Psychologist


Company Information
Pearson is the world's leading learning company, with 40,000 employees in more than 70 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning.We provide learning materials, technologies, assessments and services to teachers and students in order to help people everywhere aim higher and fulfil their true potential. We put the learner at the centre of everything we do.

Business Unit Information
With roots going back to 1921, Pearson TalentLens has a rich history of delivering psychological assessments and is a global organisation with offices throughout the world. This role provides an exciting opportunity to join the global Research & Development team, reporting to the Manager of Product Development.

Job Description
The jobholder will be responsible for participating in all aspects of the psychometric development process, including overseeing item writing, data collection, statistical analysis, online test platform loading, reliability and validity studies and supporting documentation such as test manuals, research papers and FAQ documents for clients. The jobholder will work in a global team and will have the opportunity to develop tests for multiple countries.

The jobholder may oversee the training of sales teams in new products and could also be involved in the development of new psychometric-related training courses.

MSc in Occupational Psychology or related field is required, although a PhD is preferable.

With demonstrable previous experience of psychometric test development and/or research, the jobholder should have experience of working with a variety of psychometric assessments, including ability tests and personality questionnaires.

Fluency in a second language is also preferred, but not essential. Knowledge of French, German, Portuguese or Spanish would be highly desirable.

Skills required
The core competencies desired of all candidates are:

• Organizational skills – managing product development projects and other workload efficiently. Job holders will be required to meet deadlines, gather data and information from others in a timely fashion 
• Communication skills – able to communicate effectively and confidently, both verbally and in writing, to a variety of different audiences, including clients and sales teams
• Teamwork – working with  a number of different and varied teams across our organisation on joint projects
• Flexibility - ability to adapt to a changing environment
• Creativity/Innovation– desire to explore and learn new approaches to test development and have the ability to develop and promote new ideas and ways of working with confidence
• Resilience–  able to cope with challenging situations and people and able to overcome set-backs in a positive manner
• Analytical skills – ability to analyze complex information and solve challenging problems
• Critical thinking – to recognize assumptions, evaluate arguments, and draw conclusions that are clear, consistent, sound, and fair and result in positive outcomes for the business

The following technical skills are required:

• Test content development (e.g. developing test blueprints, project planning, overseeing item writing, global adaptation work etc.)
• Research and statistical analysis (e.g. conducting literature reviews, data collection, statistical analysis using software packages such as SPSS or SAS etc.)
• Writing skills (e.g. writing white papers, research summaries for clients and test manuals etc.)
• Training development & Presentations (e.g. developing face to face training and e-learning courses, preparing PowerPoint presentations for sales team purposes etc.)
• Digital (e.g. managing the process of loading tests to online systems, although programming knowledge is not required)

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