Current vacancies

10 September 2021

Quantitative Researcher


The National Centre for Vocational Education Research Ltd (NCVER) helps promote better understanding and discussion within the vocational education and training (VET) sector, and assists policymakers, practitioners, industry, training providers, and students to make informed decisions.

NCVER is a professional and independent body responsible for collecting, managing, analysing, evaluating, and communicating research and statistics about VET and the links between education and the labour market more generally. More detail of NCVER’s activities can be found on our Portal.

Position details

We are seeking an experienced quantitative research professional to join our Research & Data Analytics branch which is responsible for facilitating and delivering timely, forward thinking and relevant research findings based upon rigorous analysis that informs decision making for diverse VET sector stakeholders.

As an important part of our Research, Analytics and Reporting Group, you will work with NCVER’s comprehensive data assets along with external data sources to deliver world class research, intelligent analytics and highly accessible data that is timely, relevant and trusted by our stakeholders.

You will be part of a dynamic team made up of technical and VET sector experts working on projects that inform and influence policy and practice in VET to support a skilled and capable Australian workforce and a strong economy. We use tools like SAS/SQL, Python, and Qlik, and methods including data linkage, regression analysis and machine learning.

You will have experience in delivering end to end research projects, from taking a brief, to designing a research or analytic approach, through to execution, analysis and reporting.

You will support the delivery of research outputs through the preparation of high-quality written reports and data visualisations that are suitable for a range of audiences, including researchers, policy makers, practitioners and the general public.

Selection criteria:

  • Qualification in a social research, statistics, public policy or other relevant subject area
  • Previous relevant experience in a market, social or government research environment
  • The ability to work independently and collaboratively in a multi-skilled team contributing to the technical expertise of the Data Analytics team
  • Demonstrated understanding of research methodologies, and exploratory quantitative techniques with the ability to select the most appropriate methods and apply these to complex research questions
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and utilise a range of data sources, to ensure informed and relevant research
  • Proven ability to think critically and creatively, and to advise others in the use of innovative quantitative approaches to address complex research problems
  • Applied experience in using statistical software (SAS/SQL, Python, R) to perform relevant analysis
  • Excellent organisational, project management and time management skills with demonstrated ability to self-manage with minimal supervision
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills and a demonstrated ability to interpret and translate complex data into insights that are consumable by non-technical audiences, in a range of formats (i.e. presentations, reports, data visualisations)

Appointment details

  • Full-time ongoing role based in Adelaide (part-time hours may be negotiated for the right applicant)
  • Generous, flexible working conditions
  • Gifted leave over Christmas shut down
  • Hybrid working from the office/home arrangement
  • Salary in the range of $78,000 to $95,000 commensurate with skills and experience
  • 12% superannuation payable in addition to salary

Consideration may be given to providing some assistance with relocation expenses for the right candidate.

Application details

To be considered for this position, please apply via SEEK and include an application letter (maximum two pages in length), addressing the above criteria, plus your CV.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 20 September.