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Associate Research Scientist

Company: Educational Testing Service
Location: Princeton
Posted on: August 5, 2022

Job Description:

Position Summary: The Center for Education and Career Development (CECD) focuses on both foundational and applied research that supports learners as they transition from high school to post-secondary education (community college, 4-year college, and graduate education) and to the workplace. The Center has an opening for an Associate Research Scientist that will primarily concentrate on skills assessment, skills training and development, and academic and workforce readiness. The Center values quantitative and mixed-methods designs that span cognitive skills, social and emotional skills, and executive functioning skills important for success in post-secondary education and the workplace, now and for the future (so-called ---skills for the new economy---). The Center supports ETS testing programs and corporate-level initiatives in the higher education and workforce spaces. The Center includes scientists and associates from a range of educational backgrounds, including educational measurement, industrial and organizational psychology, counseling psychology, educational psychology, personality psychology, and sociology. Responsibilities: Take responsibility for conceptualizing, proposing, obtaining funding for, and directing small projects and/or assisting in moderate-to-major ones. Projects may include (1) research projects, (2) development projects that use scientific principles to create (a) tools to improve the efficiency or quality of the practice of test development, test uses validation, and related statistical analysis; (b) innovative tools to understand or provide solutions to key issues in higher education, workforce, and workforce transitions; and (3) development projects that use scientific principles to create new products, new capabilities, or product prototypes. Small research and development projects typically have minimal budgets, few or no staff other than the project director, a timeline of a year or less, and a single deliverable that is relatively narrow in scope. Major projects have substantial budgets, involve the coordination of many individuals internal and possibly external to ETS, may run across years, and may produce multiple deliverables. Moderate projects fall in between these two types. Assist in generating or contributing to new knowledge or capability, and in applying that new knowledge and capability to existing and/or new ETS products and services. New knowledge may take the form of new or modified educational or psychological theories; new research methodology; new development methodology; new statistical, analytic or interpretative procedures; new test designs and item types; new approaches to scoring examinee responses; and new approaches to reporting. New capabilities include developing software to instantiate new and existing knowledge. Document and disseminate the results of research and/or development projects through publication and presentation. Publication includes peer-review journals, peer-review conference proceedings, patents, books and book chapters, research briefs, research notes, and other print or online media. Presentation may be at international, national, or regional conferences, client meetings, and ETS seminars. Participate in setting substantive research and development goals and priorities for a group or initiative within a vice presidential area. Actively seek input from peers on the quality of one---s work. Participate as a reviewer of others--- work. Actively seek mentoring from more senior scientific and other R&D staff, developing a continuing mentoring relationship. Develop proposals and budgets for small projects and/or assist in development for moderate-to-major ones. Assist more senior scientific staff in consulting on testing program, R&D management, or other ETS management concerns. Manage small projects, and/or assist in the management of moderate-to-major ones, by accomplishing directed tasks according to schedule and within budget. Develop external professional relationships and work to cultivate a scientist---s identity. Become a member and regular presenter at the annual meetings of one or more organizations substantively related to the work of ETS. Education, Certifications or Special Licenses: A Ph.D. or Ed.D. in a specific discipline is required. A specialty in Psychology or Applied Psychology is highly preferred. Relevant Years of Experience: One year of independent substantive research and/or development experience in an area of interest to ETS is required. Experience may be gained through doctoral studies. Other Requirements: Preferred candidates are expected to possess multiple of the following qualifications, if not all. Familiar with measurement theory and related methodologies Familiar with the use of learning analytics and machine learning tools and methods in the context of educational research, such as topic modeling, clustering, and text analysis. Familiar with conducting validity studies, including research design, implementation, and dissemination Research experience around equity and fairness, esp. using new/innovative methods, such as learning analytics and machine learning approaches Familiar with the U.S. higher education and graduate education, esp. around selections, admissions, learning outcomes research, student development, and workforce transitions Demonstrated skills in dissemination through different channels, including but not limited to conference presentations, journal publications, research briefs, infographics etc. Great teamwork and oral and written communication skills Any of these following experiences would be a plus Experience with using qualitative research methods Experience with research around workforce training, learning, upskilling Experience with new product development and prototyping Experience with equity and fairness in education and workforce selection L1-DY1 COVID-19 Requirements ETS requires all new hires to either certify that they have been fully vaccinated or request and obtain an exemption due to medical or religious reasons by their start date. EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer of Women and Minorities. EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer of protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE is a Drug-free workplace.

Keywords: Educational Testing Service, Trenton , Associate Research Scientist, Other , Princeton, New Jersey

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