Research Fellow

Australia (multiple locations)


Apply by January 17, 2022.

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) is one of the world’s leading educational research and development organisations. The ACER Psychometrics and Methodology Research Program is seeking a talented and motivated Research Fellow.

The Psychometrics and Methodology team provides psychometrics services and support for other units within ACER, undertakes commissioned work and provides consultancy for outside agencies including State and Territory Education Departments and other national and international bodies. The team also undertakes research into fundamental psychometrics and quantitative methodology issues. Supporting and participating in the work of project teams, you will manage data, psychometric scaling of questionnaire and assessment data, perform statistical analysis and prepare research results, write reports and make presentations.

You will hold a postgraduate qualification, preferably in statistics or a quantitative area, and have sound knowledge of statistics and statistical modelling. Experience in managing large datasets is essential, as is demonstrated ability in at least one statistical programming language or package such as R, SAS, SPSS or Python. Sound programming skills and experience building, managing and querying databases are desirable.  An interest in contemporary machine learning methodologies will also be valuable. Psychometric expertise and experience in the analysis of test data and knowledge of Item Response Models would be an advantage. You will also possess good written and verbal communication skills.

This position would ideally suit someone who would like to learn and contribute further in advanced data analysis skills, psychometric theories and statistical modelling. You will be working in an expert team environment and will have exposure to a diverse array of high impact projects. ACER provides ongoing professional development.

This appointment is ongoing and on a full-time basis.  Total remuneration, incorporating 17% ACER funded superannuation, is within the range AU$126,076 – AU$139,345, subject to negotiation.

The position can be based at any of ACER’s Australian offices located in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth.

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