PhD position in Lifelong learning at the Knowledge
and Data Engineering Group (KDEG) in the School of Computer Science and Statistics,Trinity
College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
and mapping of lifelong learning transitions of mobile learners: from
trajectories to pathways
The objective of this project is to
identify the learning transitions that take place when lifelong learners move
in and out of different dimensions of mobility and learning and will attempt to
discern how technology supports the mobility of learners and hence their
The first stage of the work will
involve conducting a literature review with the objective of defining
theoretical constructs to establish a framework to define transitions in
lifelong learning based on dimensions of mobility in mobile learning. This work
will inform the development of a survey of transitions in mobile lifelong
learning. The analysis of the survey (N≥500) will support the elaboration of
hypotheses pertaining to the transitions that take place and how the technology
supports them. The qualitative work will be followed by a qualitative phase of
data collection and analysis. Through iterative
hypothesis forming and testing against new sets of data a map of learning
transitions in mobile lifelong will be developed.
- Excellent academic record with Master's degree in Technology
Enhanced Learning, Educational Technology, E-Learning, Education or related
master in the area of technology and teaching and learning.
with the design, development implementation and evaluation of technology
enhanced teaching and learning experiences and technologies and tools.
with qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.
ineducation and technology expertise in
qualitative educational or sociological field work and very strong interest in
mobile, lifelong and informal learning.
- Fluent in English with very good
writing and communication skills. English language certification if English is
not your first language, the requirement being: IELTS: 7.0+, TOEFL iBT: 100+,
TOEFL pBT: 600+, CEF: C1+, or equivalent.
motivated to pursue a career in science and ability to work in a team and
independently. Ability to think strategically and systematically. Critical
thinker with demonstrated creative problem solving skills.
applying for this position must also meet the entry requirementsfor PhD candidates in Trinity College Dublin
in peer reviewed journal(s)
Send a CV and a cover letter with your motivation for applying for the position and what you have to offer to
Prof. Inmaculada Arnedillo-Sánchez Macu.Arnedillo@scss.tcd.ie & Prof. Declan O'Sullivan firstname.lastname@example.org
is no closing date for applications but the expecting starting date is
1st March 2014. So, we will engaged with applicants on an ongoing basis
until a person is appointed.
Project information can be obtained
from Prof. Inmaculada Arnedillo-Sánchez Macu.Arnedillo@scss.tcd.ie
Based on a full-time appointment the
duration of the appointment as a Marie Curie ITN fellow will be for maximum
period of 3 years. The appointment will be 36 months and should lead to a
dissertation (PhD thesis). Starting date is expected to be 1st March 2014. A Personal Career Development Plan will be drafted
that includes the attendance of EDUWORKS courses and meetings and the
completion of the Structured PhD programme in the School of
Computer Science and Statistics. The PhD student is expected to assist in
gross monthly salary will be according to the salary scales for PhD students in
the host country. The collective employment agreement (CAO) of Irish
universities is applicable. Besides the salary, the PhD student will obtain a
mobility allowance for the duration of the 3 years of the Marie Curie ITN project. Positions are aimed at being
full-time, but by exception, if needed for family reasons, part-time
appointments are possible.
Host institute: KDEG (Knowledge and
Data Engineering Group) in the School of Computer Science and
KDEG investigates the fundamental
challenges and practical applications of knowledge-driven systems. Its research
combines knowledge discovery, representation and reasoning with web-based data
management and intelligent systems engineering. This research is advanced
through application in a number of areas. For further information: http://kdeg.scss.tcd.ie
Founded in 1592, Trinity College
Dublin is the oldest university in Ireland and one of the older universities of
Western Europe. On today’s campus, state-of-the-art libraries, laboratories and
IT facilities, stand alongside historic buildings on a city-centre 47-acre
campus. Based in the heart of Dublin, TCD offers an exceptional working and
social environment that attracts students and researchers from around the
world. TCD’s research impact is currently ranked 44th in the World by the Times
Higher Education Ranking of World Universities and 10th in Europe by the Leiden
University Ranking of World Universities based on research performance. As
Ireland’s premier university, the pursuit of excellence through research and
scholarship is at the core of a Trinity education. TCD has an outstanding
record of publications in high-impact journals, and a track record in winning research
funding which is among the best in the country.