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Pearson Senior Research Scientist in San Antonio, Texas

Senior Research Scientist - ( 2100263 )


Pearson is the world’s learning company, operating in 70 countries around the world, with more than 22,500 employees. We provide content, assessment and digital services to schools, colleges and universities, as well as professional and vocational education to learners to help increase their skills and lifelong employability prospects. We aim to support learners throughout their lifetime for every moment that matters – whether this is exam preparation and success, graduating from university, getting a new job, studying for a postgraduate degree, changing career, or looking for a new challenge.

Our vision is to have a direct relationship with millions of lifelong learners and to link education to the way people aspire to live and work every day. To do that, we will collaborate with a wide group of partners to help shape the future of learning. Our purpose is to help people make progress in their lives through learning.

Pearson is featured on The Forbes list of Best Employers and The Stonewall Top 100 Employers list, and we are recognized in the Best Employers for Diversity 2019 awards. Pearson is listed on both the London and New York Stock Exchanges (UK: PSON; NYSE: PSO).

The senior research scientist position described here is part of the Pearson Psychometric and Research Services group, which is part of the School Assessment group. Pearson research scientists provide the full range of psychometric support to state and national customers, develop innovative techniques and processes, and conduct cutting-edge research studies. 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.


Education and Work Experience

  • Doctoral degree in educational measurement or a related field from a nationally recognized institution of higher education

  • AND at least three years of relevant job experience, preferably with the complete range of psychometric issues that are faced with operational assessment programs or significant grant-funded research projects

  • Some experience in budgeting, resource management, project coordination, and training

Familiarity with Psychometric Techniques or Techniques Associated with Other Relevant Areas of Expertise

  • Demonstrates the ability to effectively apply, design, and train others in solutions utilizing psychometric techniques—including classical test theory, item response theory, test equating, scaling and linking, and standard setting—to new and unique operational testing settings

  • OR has experience applying and designing techniques utilizing the scientist's specific area of expertise to new and unique settings

  • Assists in budgeting, coordinating of resources, and training

Familiarity with Software Packages and Programming Languages

  • Applies software packages and programming languages commonly used in psychometric work or research (e.g., SAS, SPSS, WINSTEPS, BILOG, MULTILOG, PARSCALE, C , SPLUS, FORTRAN) to new and unique settings faced in operational testing programs or research projects

  • OR has familiarity with software packages (e.g., Matlab, IDL, PERL, Java, Javascript, XML) associated with the scientist's specific area of expertise and ability to apply these packages to new and unique settings faced in operational testing programs or significant research projects

Scaling and Equating

  • Demonstrates skill with common scaling and equating designs to review and create technical documentation (including technical specifications)

  • Conducts, guides, and designs analyses for item calibration, linking, and equating

  • Designs, documents (including technical specifications), conducts AND/OR coordinates the efforts of others (including external verifiers) in item calibration, linking, and equating analyses

Grants, Research, and External Funding

  • Designs research studies and research analysis specifications

  • Identifies study limitations, study parameters, and funding requirements to complete proposed research

  • Coordinates study resources, completes study documentation, and conducts formal reports for written or oral presentation as contractually obligated

Test Construction/Field Testing

  • Organizes and coordinates with other research scientists, data analysts subject-matter experts, and/or the client all aspects of test form design and construction and field test item preparation and review

Proposal Development

  • Coordinates technical designs for proposals

  • Writes associated text

  • Serves on proposal review teams as necessary

  • Demonstrates familiarity with costing process

Knowledge of Educational Trends

  • Identifies implications of relevant national and state trends in education for operational assessment programs or research projects and clients

  • Proposes measurement plans and provides client advice based on these implications as appropriate

Communication Skills, Technical Presentations, and Client Contact

  • Demonstrates communication skills (oral, written, and business) necessary to function effectively in a leadership role with internal and external clients

  • Communicates about and provides guidance in state and national educational issues

  • Effectively tailors technical presentations to different audiences (e.g., client groups or technical advisory committees)

  • Provides guidance for similar presentations made by other research scientists

  • Makes presentations at national conferences

  • Submits manuscripts for publication

  • May serve as the primary Psychometrics and Research Services (PRS) contact (e.g., represents PRS in meetings and other communications) for internal and external clients for multiple testing programs or research projects or for a single large and complex testing program or research project

Project and Talent Management

  • Demonstrates project management skills necessary to lead and direct all PRS-related aspects of multiple assessment programs or research projects or a single large and complex assessment program or research project

  • Understands roles of different departments and how these impact PRS deliverables, schedules, costing, and scope

  • Exhibits management skills necessary to provide costs, staffing input, and strategic plan information for specific projects to upper management

  • Supports hiring process through applicant interviewing

  • Provides career plan information

Organizational Behavior

  • Aligns goals with department goals

  • Provides advice for, creates, and documents new and existing processes

Working Location and Travel

  • Willingness to travel as necessary

The anticipated starting salary range for Colorado-based individuals expressing interest in this position is $100,000.00 – $115,000.00 This position is eligible to participate in an annual incentive program.

Benefits available to eligible employees can be seen at:

Primary Location : US-TX-San Antonio

Other Locations : US-RE-Remote

Work Locations :

US-TX-San Antonio-19500 Bulverde

19500 Bulverde Road

San Antonio78259

Job : Professional Development

Organization : Assessments School

Employee Status : Regular Employee

Job Type : Standard

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Shift : Day Job

Job Posting : Apr 28, 2021

Job Unposting : Ongoing

Schedule: : Full-time Regular

Req ID: 2100263