Non-academic research posts in Manchester

Following from previous posts about non-academic jobs that require advanced research skills, the following posts with the exam board AQA have just been advertised on Guardian jobs (and they’re in Manchester):


SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE Manchester Office (Guildford office considered for exceptional candidates) Salary: £38,702 to £44,536per annum (Quote ref: CAD1242)

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE (COMPUTING) Manchester Office Salary: £31,811 to £37,113 per annum (Quote ref: CAD1261)

AQA is the largest public examining board in the UK, with a long tradition of educational research. Current projects cover a variety of topics including how students choose which A level subjects to study, the link between anxiety and performance in oral tests, the maintenance of examination standards in on-screen testing, and a range of wider policy related studies. Our research department is inter-disciplinary and AQA researchers are encouraged to publish their work in peer-reviewed journals and to present their findings at conferences. The work of the department is fundamental to the delivery of its charitable objectives exploring the field of education and in providing an evidence base for AQA’s operations.

We are seeking to recruit people who are keen to see their research findings put into practice, as well as to advance the theoretical and technical understanding of educational assessment.

These are permanent posts based in the Manchester office (Guildford office considered for exceptional candidates for the Senior Research Associate position).

Applicants should have a degree, preferably a higher degree or equivalent, in a field with a significant quantitative element.

Applicants should also have:

  • a sound knowledge of statistics, experimental design and research methods (for Senior Research Associate position);
  • good programming skills and experience in a range of languages (for Research Associate (Computing) position);
  • the ability to analyse and interpret statistical data and other research data in an informed manner;
  • good communication, written and presentation skills;
  • the ability to work accurately under time pressure and to meet deadlines;
  • the ability to consult and negotiate with colleagues at all levels;

A track record of peer reviewed journal publications is also desirable for the Senior Research Associate post.

Experience of educational research is not essential and applications are welcomed from all fields, however strong quantitative skills are required.

AQA offers excellent conditions of service.

If you would like to discuss these posts informally, please email

An application form and further details can be obtained from our website, by emailing or contacting 0161 958 3725.

Closing date for completed application forms – 8 November 2010

Interviews to be held weeks beginning – 15 November (CAD1242) and 22 November 2010 (CAD1261)


AQA is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.





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