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Research Directors, Centre for Assessment

Permanent positions, based in our main office in Slough.

Salary in the range: £48,191 to £54,243pa depending upon qualifications and experience.

NFER is the leading independent provider of education research. Our purpose is to provide robust, independent research, assessment and related services that improve education particularly for children and young people. Our work supports effective policy and practice in education, in the UK and internationally.

We wish to appoint two experienced Research Directors, one full time and one part time, to the following key posts in our influential and respected Research Department:

Research Director - Products:
To lead and oversee the development of NFER’s assessment and curriculum products and services, ensuring the quality and utility of the products developed.

Research Director - Assessment:
To lead and oversee contracted assessment and curriculum projects and our assessment research programme, ensuring the quality and utility of items, tests and other assessment outputs developed and contributing to developing the assessment knowledge base.

The Research Directors make a significant contribution to the development of NFER as a leading research organisation, supporting the Heads of Centre in ensuring the quality of proposals, research methodologies and project outcomes. They build NFER’s understanding of the policy context, develop strong client relationships, and design research and product development initiatives to broaden NFER’s reach and impact. Research Directors also spend a large proportion of their time directing and leading research projects.

Centre for Assessment:
NFER develops assessments to the highest technical and educational standards for test publishers, government bodies and schools. The Centre for Assessment is a busy centre involved in a number of assessment development and research projects at both primary and secondary level, particularly in English, mathematics and science.

The ideal candidates for these posts will be:

Ideally candidates will have some understanding of research methods and knowledge of curricula or educational qualifications.

Applications should be made using NFER’s standard application form and returned to or by post to:

The HR Department, NFER, The Mere, Upton Park, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 2DQ.

Applicants for this post should note that it is exempt from the “Rehabilitation of Offenders Act”; further details of NFER’s Disclosure & Barring Service (“DBS”) checking procedure are in the attached “Further Particulars” for this post.

Closing date: 29 July 2016
Interviews: w/c 8 August 2016

NFER is an equal opportunity employer, welcoming applications from all sections of the community, and a registered Charity (No. 313392).