Statisticians

6th March 2024
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Salary: £28,000 – £36,500 depending on experience and qualifications

Post 1:  Full-time, 37.5 hours per week, permanent role

Post 2: 1 year fixed term contract to cover maternity leave, full-time, 37.5 hours per week

Part-time/job share/other flexible working arrangements may be considered for the right candidates for either role.

Closing date for applications:  Monday 25 March 2024 at 9.00 am

We are currently seeking enthusiastic individuals to join our educational research team as statisticians, to support a range of research and evaluation projects.

AlphaPlus is an education service business specialising in standards, assessment and certification. We help our clients design, develop, deploy and evaluate qualifications and their underpinning assessments.  AlphaPlus is a wholly owned subsidiary of AQA Education www.aqa.org.uk.

The statistician will be a specialist in the technical area of statistics or quantitative research, psychometrics or data science who will work within the research team to provide high quality statistical outputs contributing to AlphaPlus educational research and consultancy services.

Candidates must have:

  • statistics knowledge at Master’s degree level or a BSc with a minimum of two years’ experience
  • experience in coding statistical analyses (in R, SAS, SPSS or similar software).  Please note ability to code in R, though helpful, is not essential for consideration for the role; appointees without coding skills in R will be expected to learn to code in R on taking up the post
  • the ability to communicate effectively with external and internal customers.

Some project management skills and knowledge of classical test theory, item response theory, DIF analysis, and regression analysis techniques are desirable, as is working experience as a statistician/junior analyst at a research body (ideally in education).

Benefits include:

  • discretionary profit related bonus scheme
  • NEST workplace pension scheme – tier 1
  • enhanced sick pay cover
  • enhanced maternity/parental leave
  • 25 days paid leave plus the eight statutory bank holidays
  • commitment to developing the expertise of our employees.

For an informal discussion about the vacancy please contact Matt Turner, Senior Data Science Officer, , who will contact you to arrange a suitable time for a call.

Post 1 is permanent, full-time working 37.5 hours per week Monday to Friday and is Manchester office-based.  Post 2 is 1 year fixed term, also full-time working 37.5 hours per week Monday to Friday from the Manchester office.  Part-time/job share/other flexible working arrangements may be considered for the right candidate for either post.  Any such preferences are to be discussed further at interview. The company offers hybrid working (two days per week minimum in the office, with three days working at home).  The exact allocation of office-based days is decided by the appointee’s manager, although flexibility remains our policy and approach.

The role will also involve national and occasional international travel, potentially including working in customer offices.

Please note that sponsorship under the UK government’s skilled worker sponsorship scheme is not available.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to undertake a coding test and to an interview subject to satisfactory completion of the test, both taking place in the week commencing 8 April 2024.

To apply:

The full job description is available here. Please access the online application form by scanning the QR code below or via the url:

https://ecv.microsoft.com/Xekb61F6O9.

Please complete and submit the form by the closing date of Monday 25 March 2024 at 9.00 am.

As part of the application process please be prepared to upload your current CV and a covering statement. Please indicate in your covering statement your availability to take up the post and if you specifically wish to be considered for only one of post 1 or 2 and/or flexible working arrangements as above.

AlphaPlus is committed to providing equal opportunities to all and has an inclusive approach to recruitment, selection and employment. 

Demographic details requested as part of our monitoring process are not used in our selection process. You are invited to download and complete the equal opportunities monitoring form located here and return it encrypted to  or by post, marked Confidential, to Ziyan Amjid, AlphaPlus, c/o AQA Education Ltd, Devas Street, Manchester, M15 6EX.

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