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Researcher, Research and Validation of IELTS (KK20155276)
Country / Territory
Based in UK: Location negotiable
Based in UK: Location negotiable
English & Exams
Job Category
Pay Band
Pay Band 8
Vacancy Description
Pay Band: 8 Location: Home based (UK) Contract: 12 months Closing date:23.59 (UK time) on the 23rd February 2020 Applicants must have the legal right to work in the UK

Please note that in December 2020, the British Council will relocate its new global headquarters: International Quarter, Stratford, and London E20.


The British Council is looking for an emerging Researcher specialising in language assessment to join the Assessment Research Group in the English & Exams team.


The Organisation

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries.  We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.


We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.

English and Examinations

Through our English and Exams work we aim to achieve more widespread and better quality teaching and learning of English worldwide and offer access to professional qualifications.  Working with policymakers, government ministers, teachers and learners across the world we help millions of people to access English by supporting the teaching and learning of English in public education systems, and through self-access materials and courses. We teach learners and teachers of English face-to-face in dedicated teaching centres and online through a range of courses. Every year three million people take international exams with help from the British Council, gaining qualifications that can open doors at leading academic institutions and improve employment prospects.  

The Opportunity

We have a fantastic opportunity for an emerging Researcher specialising in language assessment research and validation to join the British Council’s Assessment Research Group (ARG). The role will strengthen the Assessment Research Group by providing expert academic and technical support in the areas of test validation and development, test data analysis, and assessment theory and practice. The ARG is based in London, UK (the role is home-based)



Responsibilities will include:


  • Working collaboratively with other members of the Assessment Research Group (ARG) on a range of assessment-related projects and supporting the full range of activities, including dissemination activities, carried out by ARG.
  • Providing test development, validation, and statistical analysis expertise to research and development projects for a range of English language assessments as required.
  • Writing internal research briefs and proposals, co-authoring research reports for both internal and external audiences, and presenting findings at meetings and other events.
  • Contributing to the management of the IELTS joint funded research program and other research grant schemes managed by the Assessment Research Group, including using an understanding of the latest developments in the field of assessment research to evaluate grant proposals and review research reports, etc.
  • Taking an active role in presenting the research output from projects at peer-reviewed, international research conferences.



What you will receive:

Attractive salary and benefits


For more information and a complete list of responsibilities, please see below:


Role Profile
British Council skills 

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If you feel that you are suitable and would like to be considered for this role, please apply before 23:59 UK time on the 23rd February 2020

Our Equality Commitment: 

Valuing diversity is essential to the British Council’s work. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to try and avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights. All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies.     

The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and is keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. In line with the British Council's Child Protection policy, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks. In the UK, and in other countries where appropriate systems exist, these include criminal records checks.