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Economics

Research Economist / Quantitative Researcher 

Slough

Job Ref
HKVFR2301/SG-LB-20-006/7
Location
Slough
Salary
based on skills and experience

Research Economist / Quantitative Researcher
Slough, Berkshire

Do you want to use your quantitative analysis skills and creative thinking to answer key policy questions facing decision makers in the education system? We are recruiting Research Economists / Quantitative Researchers to join our team of policy researchers.

The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) is the leading independent provider of education research and insights, working to create an excellent education for all children and young people. Our mission is to generate evidence that can be used to improve outcomes for future generations everywhere, and to support positive change across the education system.

As a Research Economist / Quantitative Researcher at NFER, you’ll use your analytical expertise to answer pressing policy and practice questions facing education today. Within the Centre for Policy and Practice Research Development team, you’ll work with economists and other researchers to develop new, innovative ideas for insightful research on issues including teacher recruitment and retention, the role of the education system in facilitating movement into employment, social mobility and the structure of the education system.

Benefits:
- Salary of £30,880 - £40,291 depending on experience, with generous pension scheme
- 42 days per year comprising 30 days’ holiday, four additional discretionary days, in addition to bank holidays
- Positive working culture that promotes a good work/life balance
- Free parking
- Excellent support for professional development from a network of fellow economists / quantitative researchers

Requirements:
- Degree or higher degree in economics or in another subject which covers applied quantitative research methods, including statistical analysis, regression modelling and/or impact evaluation methods.
- Experienced user of statistical software e.g. Stata, SPSS, R.
- Effective communication of research to non-technical audiences

Desirable attributes:
- A Master’s degree
- Experience of working with large administrative datasets, ideally in education (e.g. National Pupil Database, School Workforce Census)
- Work experience in a research, policy, government or thinktank environment

Other organisations may call this role Economist, Researcher, or Policy Researcher.

You’ll love this job if you want to:
- Think critically about research methods and policy
- Apply creative and innovative approaches to answering research questions
- Work effectively with other professionals from a range of disciplines
- Work with a considerable degree of autonomy and consistently meet deadlines

NFER is a not-for-profit organisation and an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from all sections of the community.

This role is open for Tier 2 sponsorship.

The closing date for this role is 19th January 2020.

So, if you are looking for a fresh, new challenge as a Research Economist / Quantitative Researcher apply via the button shown. This vacancy has been placed by Webrecruit on behalf of NFER.

Function
Economics
Status
Full Time
Type
Permanent


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IT

Applications Developer - .NET / Full Stack

Slough

Job Ref
HKVIW0902/SG-LB-20-012
Location
Slough
Salary
£30,880 - £34,756

Applications Developer - .NET / Full Stack
Slough, Berkshire
This role is open to Tier 2 Sponsorship.

Would you like to develop systems that make a difference to the educational outcomes of children and young people, both in the UK and internationally? If so, read on.

We have opportunities for junior and seasoned developers within our expanding Applications Development team. Join this super friendly team to work on some truly inspiring projects and systems development, alongside some of the UK’s most specialised educational researchers. You'll be developing high profile systems to carry out research commissioned by government, working with international clients on building sites and systems to support education in developing countries, and enable NFER to expand on its eAssessment capabilities.

We are a data driven organisation. As an Applications Developer, you’ll translate software requirements into workable programming code and maintain and develop programs and bespoke web applications using predominately the Microsoft.NET development stack. Key responsibilities include:

- Developing web and Windows applications using object-orientated languages such as C# and VB.NET
- Working with relational databases
- Querying datasets from relational databases
- Ensuring all applications are developed using secure development principles and are thoroughly tested prior to release
- Maintaining, supporting and updating current and future applications

Your technical background:

- Experience with an object-oriented programming language such as C#, Java etc.
- Experience in web application development and good knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript
- Knowledge of software testing methodologies
- Expertise in using the Microsoft development stack (Visual Studio, ASP.NET, SQL Server, IIS, Team Foundation Server etc.)
- Experience of commercial software development practices (e.g. using source control and agile development principles)
- Experience with web technologies such as AJAX and jQuery

Other organisations may call this role App Developer, Web Developer, Software Developer, C# Developer, Developer or Programmer.

You’ll love this job, if you:

- Can work independently and as part of a team
- Have strong problem-solving skills and innovative thinking
- Take pride in your work and have good attention to detail
- Have good interpersonal skills and the ability to disseminate knowledge
- Have the ability to work to tight deadlines

Bonus Points:

If you have experience of using AWS or Azure, or configuring IIS. Knowledge of other programming/scripting languages such as Python, PHP and VBA. Experience of SharePoint development, load testing using JMeter, or use of Atlassian’s Jira / Confluence software (or similar).

Why NFER?

With a 70-year history, NFER is an independent and highly respected charity that carries out research within education. Our robust and innovative research, assessment, and other services are widely known and used. We have a reputation as an organisation that informs policy and practice, helping to ensure the best possible education for children and young people.

- Competitive salary based on skills and experience (£30,880 - £34,756)
- Generous pension scheme
- Free parking
- 30 days’ holiday per year plus Bank Holidays + additional discretionary days
- Excellent support for professional development
- Great work/life balance

The closing date for applications is midnight on 9th February 2020.
This role is open to Tier 2 Sponsorship.

NFER is a not-for-profit organisation and an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from all sections of the community.

So, if you are looking for a fresh, new challenge as an Applications Developer, apply via the button shown. This vacancy has been placed by Webrecruit on behalf of NFER.

Function
IT
Status
Full Time
Type
Permanent
Hours
35 hours


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Front End Web Developer

Slough

Job Ref
20-014
Location
Slough
Salary
£30,880 - £34,756

Front End Web Developer
Slough

Want to use your java, CSS, HTML skills to make a positive, lasting impact in education with a leading charity?

Technology is being used more and more within education and we are building, shaping and designing our own eAssessment system to be used by schools. As a front end web developer you will be joining our in-house technical team and as a team player, you will be responsible for the implementation of all required frontend customizations using JS/CSS/HTML(5). You’ll be working on layouts creating the style sheets for items (assessment questions) incorporating graphs and drag and drop features.
• Designing major new features and demonstrating while showing a nuanced understanding of browser constraints
• Increasing the robustness and reliability of codebases, and devoting time to polishing products and systems
• Providing useful design feedback and suggests feasible alternatives
• Implementing designs considering browser/mobile compatibility, semantics, accessibility and user experience
• Building interactive components
• Testing new code thoroughly, both locally, and once deployed on QA environment
• Refactoring existing code to make it more testable and match design patterns best practices
• Implementing systems that enable better testing
• Giving thoughtful code reviews as a domain expert
• Advising deployment patterns matching an application needs
• Participating in the SCRUM ceremonies
• Estimating software changes requests complexity

Your technical background:
• Excellent knowledge of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
• Good knowledge with VCS (Git)
• Understanding of basic Agile and SCRUM concepts
• Ability to identify and understands basic cloud patterns
• Ability to debug and profile your code efficiently
• Software development best practices and clean code principles

You’ll love this job, if you:
• Excellent communication skills
• Empathy to ensure a good collaboration with others
• Proactivity to take on trust and tasks when blocked elsewhere
• Lead knowledge and experience sharing across the team member
• Mentoring skills to share with other team members

Bonus Points:
If you have knowledge of; React, View, Angular as this will assist you with the system although full training will be given.

About NFER (National Foundation for Educational Research)
With a 70-year history, NFER is an independent and highly respected charity that carries out research within education. Our robust and innovative research, assessment, and other services are widely known and used. We have a reputation as an organisation that informs policy and practice, helping to ensure the best possible education for children and young people.

Why NFER?
- Competitive salary based on skills and experiences
- Generous pension scheme
- Free parking
- 30 days’ holiday per year plus Bank Holidays + additional discretionary days
- Excellent support for professional development
- Great work/life balance

NFER is a not-for-profit organisation and an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from all sections of the community.

So, if you are looking for a fresh, new challenge as an Front End Web Developer, apply via the button shown.

Applications to be submitted by midnight 16th Feburary

Function
IT
Status
Full Time
Type
Fixed Term Contract
Hours
2 year fixed term contract


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Project Management

Business Analyst - IT/Technical/Systems

Slough

Job Ref
HKVGF0601/SG-LB-20-010
Location
Slough

Business Analyst
Salary: £42,746 - £48,109
2 year fixed-term contract

As a Business Analyst, you will have experience within product management, specifically end-to-end delivery of products, with good experience on technical software products, and a collaborative and positive personality.

When we say this is an exciting time, we really mean it as we are embarking on a major strategic change project that will see NFER continue to be a leading expert in the field of educational research. Joining us at this exciting time you will project manage the specification, development, and testing of the new eAssessment system. This includes the requirements gathering, functional specifications and working closely with our on-site developers to ensure that what is developed is fit for purpose. Working with the IT development team, Software Tester and User Researchers, you will plan and lead user acceptance and functional testing, ensuring the system is signed off at each delivery point.

Your background:
You’re an experienced Business Analyst and you’re comfortable communicating with system developers and customers. What’s also important is that you bring a structured approach to analysis and documentation, and you’re quality focused.
- Project management expertise including budgets and resources
- Expert level MS-Excel
- A logical and analytical approach able to deliver high-quality outputs to tight deadlines
- Attention to detail able to analyses, understand and produce detailed information accurately
- Experience and understanding of the software development process
- Understanding of database technology & personal data governance & security

You’ll be a good fit for this role, if:
- You are a natural problem-solver used to reacting quickly to shifting priorities in a demanding environment
- You have a proactive and professional approach
- You have a strong desire to develop and improve the customer experience, always striving to deliver high-quality output
- You can build rapport with stakeholders and convey technical work in “plain English”
- You can work collaboratively to ensure the overall programme goals are achieved,

Other companies may call this role Technical Project Manager, Project Manager, Project Delivery Manage, Change IT Manager.

Why NFER?
NFER has a worldwide reputation as a leading independent provider of education research and analysis. We are a registered charity that has contributed evidence, in-depth knowledge, and research expertise to support the creation of an excellent education for all children and young people for over seventy years. Improving the lives of children and young people is at the heart of everything we do.
- Competitive salary
- Generous pension scheme
- Free parking
- 30 days’ holiday per year plus Bank Holidays + additional discretionary days
- Excellent support for professional development
- Great work/life balance (35 hours worked per week)

NFER is a not-for-profit organisation and an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from all sections of the community.

So, if you are looking for a fresh, new challenge as a Business Analyst apply via the button shown.

Function
Project Management
Status
Full Time
Type
Fixed Term Contract


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Markers - home working

Coder - Key stage 2 (teachers wanted)

Work from Home

Job Ref
N/A
Location
Work from Home

Are you a qualified teacher?

NFER is recruiting qualified teachers to code the key stage 2 science sampling test (SST) and technical pre-test (TPT).

Science sampling test (SST)
- Coder training will take place on 3 July 2020 at a location to be confirmed.
- Coding will be onscreen at home from 4 July to 3 August 2020.

Science technical pre-test (TPT)
- Coder training will take place on 7 September 2020 at a location to be confirmed.
- Coding will be onscreen at home from 8 to 27 September 2020.

NFER will be coordinating these coding exercises on behalf of the Standards and Testing Agency (STA).

For further information on the requirements of the role, please see the coding information sheet above. To be considered for a role you must, as a minimum, meet all essential criteria as specified in the coding information sheet.

TO APPLY
https://surveys.nfer.ac.uk/uc/ssst/acr/

please complete the application form using the above URL, DO NOT apply using the button below.

The application should take approximately 45 minutes to complete.

You will be asked to indicate your availability for both coding exercises, and your preference, and if successful you may be appointed to SST or TPT or both.

The closing date for applications is 20 January 2020. You will be notified if you are successful on the 24 February 2020.

All data will be held in strict confidence by NFER and STA and will only be used to select coders for these coding exercises.

If you have any questions about applying, contact the NFER Coding Team on sciencecoding@nfer.ac.uk.

Function
Markers - home working
Status
Part Time
Type
Temporary Contract


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Assessment

Maths Teachers wanted for Item Writing

Work from Home

Job Ref
00
Location
Work from Home

Are you or have you been a Maths Teacher and are looking for some extracurricular work?

If so, we would like to engage with you to support with item writing on some of our up and coming projects.
We are particularly keen to hear from you if you have a maths qualification and have been a secondary maths teacher. Previous item writing experience would be beneficial although not essential.

These are home working and flexible opportunities with rates agreed on a project by project basis. You will join our Associate talent pool through which we will liaise with you when projects become available.

If you are interested then just upload your CV and we will be in contact.

Function
Assessment
Status
Part Time
Type
Temporary Contract


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