Data Recognition Corporation

Psychometrics - Research Scientist

Maple Grove, MN
Oct 07, 2019
Nov 06, 2019
Data Recognition Corporation
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

Req #78

Thursday, September 19, 2019 DRC is one of the largest educational assessment and curriculum/instruction companies in the industry.  

This position builds and develops research systems and technical tools and provides data management leadership to support the customer and project staff in implementing all aspects of psychometric services for assigned educational assessment projects.


Essential Duties and Tasks
Lead psychometric system development activities related to developing assigned educational assessment projects, for example forensic analysis systems, automated scoring, building data products and item analysis.  

  • Collaborate with the assigned Project Manager to determine the design, analysis and evaluation of the systems, processes, and services required to meet or exceed contract requirements; for example, test calibration, test equating, item analysis, and dimensionality and reliability analysis.

  • Provide technical support to clients and internal staff.

  • Write proposal sections related to research systems for psychometric activities.

  • Assist in setting and achieving departmental goals.

  • Collaborate with test development in ensuring the quality, coverage and validity of all assessment instruments, and compliance with accepted standards established in the fields of testing and educational measurement.

  • Initiate additional research studies to strengthen assigned assessment projects.

  • Write technical reports.

  • Participate and contribute to the design of internal research and test development processes/systems as well as with department's business strategic plan.

  • Some travel required to client locations.



  • Degree: PHD. in Educational Psychology, Psychology, Educational Measurement, Statistics, or related field

  • Three (3) years of experience working in educational and large-scale assessment industry. 

  • One (1) year of experience in project management and supervisory role within large-scale assessment programs (may be gained concurrently).


Proficiency in the following:

  • Excellent understanding in forensic analysis of high stakes student assessments.

  • Data analysis and visualization of large datasets.

  • Good understanding of testing methodologies.

  • Proven ability to work in Linux and Windows based operating systems.

  • Statistical analysis software, such as R, SPSS.

  • Programming languages in Python, Java and VBA.

  • Experience with psychometric analysis software, e.g. WINSTEPS, Parscale. 

  • Microsoft Office suite.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including proposal writing and costing.

  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team.

  • Strong project planning and organizational skills.  

  • Demonstrated proficiency in systems and machine learning research including authorship of

  • Patents, publications in refereed journals, scholarly presentations, etc.


Essential Job Requirements:

  • Report to work promptly when scheduled
  • Be able to work under supervision and accept feedback 
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Relate effectively and work respectfully with diverse work groups
  • Ability to consistently perform well during times of increased work load
  • Set and meet deadlines
  • Manage multiple job functions simultaneously
  • Other duties as needed

    Reporting to this position:  No direct reports

    Physical Requirements: 

  • Ability to sit and/or stand for up to 8 hour periods of time
  • Ability to look at a computer monitor, utilize a keyboard and/or mouse for up to 8 hours per day
  • Ability to lift up to 20 pounds as necessary
  • Data Recognition Corporation is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/D/V and prospective employees will receive consideration without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activity in a local commission, disability, age, protected veteran status, or membership in any other legally protected class.    Other details
  • Job Family Administration
  • Pay Type Salary
  • Required Education Doctorate
  • Job Start Date Tuesday, October 1, 2019
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