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Research Data Scientist (1 Year, Fixed-Term), Hodder Education

What you’ll be doing

RS Assessment from Hodder Education is looking for a Research Data Scientist to join a team dedicated to developing market-leading assessments.

You’ll have the unique opportunity of working with one of the largest sets of educational test data to draw actionable insight that truly help teachers support their pupils to achieve their best. You will have the opportunity design projects that use statistical and data science methods to answer research questions.

You will be:  

•            responsible for the statistical analyses of new and existing standardised assessment ranges

•            managing research analysis projects and surfacing the insights through written papers and interactive visuals

•            blending different datasets, using statistical analysis to understand patterns in data, which can provide insights that would otherwise be very hard to find

•            working in an exploratory way with large proprietary (and other) datasets, to solve business objectives for commercial products

•            finding ways of presenting information to answer the questions teachers may have of their pupils, and to develop outcomes that will benefit our customers

•            looking for ways to help scale and automate the way we analyse, validate and visualise our test datasets for customers

Who we are looking for

We would love to see a passion for education and making a difference to teachers and students.

This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated person to join a highly collaborative team in an important area of Hodder Education. You will be an enthusiastic team player who is confident at communicating and wants to get out and explain findings to colleagues and external stakeholders. You will be able to work flexibly and sensitively in a cross-functional team. As a pragmatic, output-focused individual you will be well organised and able to meet strict deadlines. You are intellectually curious and will look at things critically, ask new and important questions, plus you’ll be a quick learner with a strong desire to master new research areas.  

You will either be a researcher with at least two years’ experience in a relevant field, or worked in an organisation that’s provided experience of using large datasets.

You’ll either be professionally trained with qualifications in relevant data science or statistical techniques, or have a largely numerate degree (e.g. mathematics, data science, computer science, statistics, operations research).

You will be able to exploit quantitative analytical skills across a range of statistical techniques. You’ll have strong quantitative data processing and analysis skills including expertise in web-based data collection. You’ll have expertise in data science / statistical programming languages, most likely Python or R, candidates with a sufficiently strong background in a broad range of data science techniques in other programming languages will be considered. You’ll have examples of your proven ability to present technical work in ways that are clear, compelling and credible.

What we offer

Our staff are our greatest asset and our benefits reflect this. In addition to 25 days annual leave days per year + bank holidays, we have an extensive list of benefits that include: a wide-ranging training library, development programmes including mentoring, Cycle to Work vouchers, Private Medical Insurance, eye care vouchers, up to 70% off book purchases, a charity book shelf, 2 volunteer days per year to use at your charity of choice, many employee networks to join, summer hours (finishing at 1pm on Fridays during the summer months!), season ticket loans, rent deposit loans, generous pension schemes and much more!

This role can be based at our London office, or at any of our new regional offices in Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester, Sheffield or Bristol, with a blend of in-office (3 days) and homeworking (2 days) per week.

Who we are and what we do

We are proud to be one of the largest education publishers in the UK and internationally, with a broad range of products and services for teachers and students, from curriculum resources to assessment materials.  We aim to make a difference to teachers and students by producing quality resources and services, while continuing to grow as a successful and profitable business. Our success is rooted in our values:  putting teachers and students at the heart of what we do, improving quality year on year, working collaboratively, and being trustworthy in what we publish and how we work.

RS Assessment provides attainment, wellbeing and special education needs surveys and standardised assessments for primary and secondary schools worldwide. The aggregated anonymous test datasets have been used for large nationwide analysis, research publications include white papers analysing the impact of recent pandemic-related school closures on attainment.

Our Commitment

Hachette employs people on the basis of their abilities. We aim to attract and develop talent from a base as broad as the world of readers we want to reach, with a wide and representative range of age, faith, disability, race, gender, sexuality and socio-economic, regional and cultural backgrounds.

If you are shortlisted and need us to make any adjustments to help you attend for interview, please let us know.

The Book Trade Charity offers financial support to people looking to enter the book trade but who may struggle to afford the costs of attending interviews and undertaking junior roles. For more information visit www.booktradeentrysupport.org

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