$200K — $250K *
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The TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center is hiring a Research Specialist, Measurement & Data Analysis, with a focus on statistical programming and data analysis. The ideal candidate will have work experience in the operational analysis of large-scale international student skill assessment data.
Located at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education and Human Development, IEA’s TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center conducts regular international comparative assessments of student achievement in mathematics and science (TIMSS) and in reading (PIRLS) in more than 60 countries. TIMSS (the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) and PIRLS (the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study) together comprise the core cycle of studies for IEA – the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement. Headquartered in Amsterdam and with a major data processing and research center in Hamburg, IEA has been conducting international comparative studies of student achievement since 1959.
TIMSS and PIRLS collect an array of information about home, school, and classroom contexts in which students in each country learn mathematics, science, and reading. Collecting comparable data about students' opportunities to learn is at the core of TIMSS and PIRLS, and the results are reported regularly in relation to countries' achievement on the mathematics, science, and reading assessment and as a matter of interest to educators and policy makers.
The position requires a combination of research and operational experience in data analysis, psychometrics and statistics, and desirably a good understanding of large scale international educational measurement projects. National and international travel may be required for attendance of TIMSS and PIRLS meetings as well as presentations at conferences and workshops.
The Research Specialist, Measurement & Data Analysis is responsible for assisting the Director of Psychometrics and Data Analysis and contributing to all technical aspects of the TIMSS and PIRLS international assessments, including designing and conducting statistical analyses necessary for reporting the results of the TIMSS and PIRLS, as well as special studies and assessments, communicating and documenting the results to a wide international audience, as well as traveling to international meetings and training sessions. The successful candidate will have an interest and experience in applying multidimensional item response theory models to very large sets of data a strong background in statistics, psychometrics, data analysis, and R or SAS statistical scripting.
Data collection and reporting for TIMSS and PIRLS take place on regular, ongoing cycles, requiring constant advances in measurement methodology. TIMSS and PIRLS results are disseminated through reports and via the web through a well-documented database.
This is a grant-funded position.
Competitive salary commensurate with relevant experience.
Boston College offers a broad and competitive range of benefits depending on your job classification eligibility:
Valid through: 11/22/2020
$200K — $250K
26 days ago