Research Lead

Why Tassomai?

Tassomai’s vision is to be an indispensable education tool for everyone. Our current focus is to support teaching and learning in secondary science by making sure students learn in a more efficient and effective way, and by giving schools, teachers and parents the tools to help.  We want to ‘level the playing field’ for those students without access to private tuition.

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Over the next three years, Tassomai is focussing heavily on extending and improving our product, as well as several new product developments. We consider ourselves an education-first organisation, and we want to put research at the heart of all aspects of our business.

As our research lead, you would play a key role in shaping the development of a product which is already helping students, teachers and parents and helping make it into one that can have maximum education impact for our users. You would be part of an exciting startup putting data and learning at the fore of its development and communication. You would have the opportunity through your work to help many thousands of students, teachers and families, and reflecting to us the impact of our work and helping us to continually improve on what we do.

What’s the challenge?

At Tassomai we have an ambitious vision for how the education system can be improved with edtech. We seek to continuously examine the degree to which our users benefit from their activity on the site and find ways to improve the impact for them. We seek to innovate in the ways we can support of teaching and learning, so with each new development under consideration we would wish to draw on existing research and to make sure we gather the necessary evidence to develop the right tools in the right way.

You would be managing the research efforts of a junior team who split their time between creating content and running research projects; you would work alongside a data analyst and you will be collaborating at times with developers, product designers, customer-facing teams and educationalists.

You’ll also join at the start of an exciting period of growth over the coming years. We currently operate as a single cross-functional product team and think of Tassomai as a single product. Next year we’re expecting to split into multiple teams, each with a tighter focus on a segment of users and associated product, as well as starting work on two new products. You would have an influence on how these different teams set up and design their products to ensure success for users and the business.

  “Tassomai is energetic, ambitious, fast-paced, innovative and fun; it’s also an environment where it's easy to pick up new skills."    Neil, Finance Manager

“Tassomai is energetic, ambitious, fast-paced, innovative and fun; it’s also an environment where it's easy to pick up new skills."

Neil, Finance Manager

Duties and Tasks

  • Ask questions of the program’s methods and performance and lead research into assessing them;

  • Report findings to colleagues in a way that is comprehensible and useful to non-technical staff;

  • Write up findings both for occasional submission as academic papers or at conferences or, more frequently, in informal tone for Tassomai’s blog and communication with parents, teachers and students;

  • Contribute regularly to Tassomai’s blog and content marketing about existing research in education;

  • Be actively accessible to educators through email, social media and in-person networking;

  • Promote the mission and vision of Tassomai as an ethical, responsible education company (which we are, by the way!);

  • Work with members of the education team particularly with regard to developing their research skills and supervise their projects;

  • Advocate for the importance of research in the design of new projects and products;

  • Be responsible for identifying areas for further development with a view to better research data and help to come up with solutions;

  • Engage with the management and running of the business generally.

 
 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Since you would be an important representative of the Education department, good verbal and written communication skills and credibility with teachers and educators is essential;

  • Experience (doctoral level) and good knowledge of research principles in the design and delivery of projects;

  • Experience working with large datasets;

  • A passion for education, learning about learning and a strong desire to contribute to making an awesome education tool;

  • Leading by example, management and development of junior team members;

  • Understanding of the British secondary education sector.

 

Where would you be working?

We’re based on the 5th floor of an old pharmaceutical warehouse in Bethnal Green.  It’s a co-working space and we’ve bagged the best office which is light and airy with a lovely balcony - we love it.

There’s a great cafe, a gym offering bargain membership and we’re a stone’s throw from Bethnal Green tube and Bethnal Green overground stations.

  • EMI share scheme

  • Flexible working

  • 22 days holiday plus your birthday off

  • Time off between Christmas and New Year

  • Cycle to work scheme

  • Travel card loan scheme

  • More coffee-making apparatus than the rest of East London put together

Salary:

Competitive, dependent on experience.

How do you apply?

Please send all applications to careers@tassomai.com

As well as an up to date CV, please also send your answers to the following questions:

  1. What do you most value in a job?

  2. What would you bring to this role that will make the difference to our team and our users?

  3. Where have you seen and developed unrealised potential in others?