Pearson Senior Research Scientist in United States

Senior Research Scientist


Pearson is the world's leading learning company, with 36,000 employees in more than 80 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. Pearson is on a path to becoming ‘the efficacy company’ by focusing on ensuring our products and services deliver measurable and improved learner outcomes.

The Global Product organization in Pearson designs and develops research-based products to deliver improved learner outcomes. The Efficacy and Research division of the Global Product organization is looking for a highly motivated, self-driven Research Scientist to conduct work around knowledge and skills in our Education Research group. The successful candidate will work with a wide range of Pearson products to help define and map target knowledge and skills. The core mission of the Efficacy and Research team is to improve the impact Pearson’s products and services have on learner outcomes; thus, the position provides the opportunity to engage in cutting-edge research and to make a substantial contribution to learning and instruction.

The role reports to the Director, Knowledge and Skills in the Global Product Organization and will involve the application of a variety of assessment, and particularly domain modelling, techniques to product development.

Key Responsibilities

-Lead a programme of research and development to support the company’s strategic priorities around defining knowledge and skill levels as required for product development.

-Conduct research around the question of what learners at different stages should know and be able to do.

-For topics identified as priorities, conduct, commission or synthesize available research and translate it into forms that are relevant, engaging and practical to support product and service development. May involve defining domain-specific skills as well as cross-domain skills (e.g., 21st century skills)

-Develop a close partnership with both product teams and other teams supporting research, design, and development.

-Act as an expert resource in supporting the business to understand the key role of research-based knowledge and skill definitions in accelerating effective business propositions.

-Support the business to represent research-based knowledge and skills definitions in the context of our products via sales/marketing channels in such a way as to drive growth by engaging a variety of Pearson consumers and stakeholders

-Contribute to Pearson’s reputation as a research-driven learning company by communicating and presenting research findings through a variety of channels including internal reports/videos/blogs/face to face workshops, conference presentations peer reviewed journal papers, and executive summaries



-PhD or other doctoral degree preferred, with a focus in one of the following areas: learning science, cognitive science, educational psychology, educational technology, instructional systems design, or related discipline

-3 or more years of post-doctoral research experience

-Expertise in the definition and modeling of knowledge and skills and their development. May include elicitation from experts, job task analysis, knowledge engineering, or other techniques.

-Experience conducting primary and secondary research around skill development

-Ability to rapidly establish a strong rapport and manage a variety of stakeholders

-Ability to work in a collaborative, entrepreneurial environment on high impact problems

-Strong written and verbal communication

-Collaborator and communicator– Experience working collaboratively on assessment projects with individuals without assessment knowledge

-Strong advocate for Education Research


-A record of research publication in peer reviewed journals, and presentations at professional conferences

-Experience working with cross-discipline research programmes in geographically dispersed teams

-Established relationships with external partners to support the development of our products and services

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.

Primary Location: US-Remote

Job: Efficacy

Organization: Global Product

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Jun 19, 2017

Req ID: 1707463