GSE Psychometric Laboratory

Pearson Psychometric Laboratory (PPL) Scholarship and Assistantship


This scholarship is a unique opportunity to study and gain experience in an area of high employment demand worldwide.

As a student of the PPL you will study and work as an assistant with leading, nationally and internationally recognised educational measurement staff at the Faculty of Education. Although the area is of particularly high demand in education, opportunities also appear in marketing, health, sociology and psychology.

Applications close 5 February 2016 11:55PM  W. Australia Standard Time.


The assistantship begins in February 2016 and runs to December 2016.

Pearson Psychometric Laboratory will cover the one year course fees, up to a maximum of four units.

The successful applicant will also be employed as a research assistant with staff of the PPL.

The assistantship has two components:

  1. A coursework component at The University of Western Australia which leads to a Graduate Diploma in Professional Education;
  2. A part-time casual research assistantship at the Pearson Psychometric Laboratory.    

Program Structure

The successful applicant will study two units of coursework in each semester.  The coursework component leads to a Graduate Diploma in Professional Education.  Should the applicant wish to further their education, the total of four units are equivalent to half of a Master of Education degree.

The following document outlines course units to choose from as part of the program.

Essential Criteria

  • A Bachelor degree majoring in one of the following or allied areas: mathematics, statistics, quantitative methods, data science, psychological science, physics, econometrics, biometrics, or computer science, etc.
  • Demonstrated strong mathematical and statistical skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Desirable but not essential:

  • Computer programming skills

How to apply

Applicants are required to provide the following information:

  • A statement addressing the essential criteria.
  • A brief statement outlining your interest in this opportunity.
  • A resume.
  • Contact details of two referees one of which must be an academic referee. Referee contact details should include name, occupation/position, address, phone number, mobile number, and email address.
  • This position is only open to applicants with relevant rights to work in Australia.

Applications must be submitted via email to:

Christina Dyt, Faculty Manager
[email protected]

Enquiries should be directed to:

Professor David Andrich
[email protected]

Dr Ida Marais
[email protected]

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