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ESR#4 PhD position in Lifelong learning (TCD), Dublin

Position ESR#4

Research Assistant 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

Project: An analysis of lifelong learning transitions of mobile learners: implications and principles for the design of technologies to support and facilitate lifelong learning transitions

This project will focus on analysing data from technology usage to develop a set of lifelong learning transition metrics. These metrics will in turn be used to inform the development of technologies and applications that support transitions in lifelong learning.

Applying data analytics/grounded theory approaches the researchers will endeavour to extract a set of learning transitions metrics from data collected as lifelong learners conduct their normal daily activities.

Two or more sets of data from different cohorts of participants would enrich and provide more validity to the findings. To this end, it is envisaged that the Ericsson will share usage data of their employee.

Requirements

  • Excellent academic record with Master's degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Intelligent Systems, Data Management, Data/Learning analytics, Web-services technologies, or related area.
  • Experience with learning solution design and development of models, tools and applications. Solid instructional design skills and strong interest in cutting-edge web development and social technologies. Knowledge of user experience and related pedagogical issues.
  • Experience with data analytics and qualitative research methodologies.
  • Background in computer science/Information systems with strong knowledge of educational technology, 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.
  • Highly 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.

Preferably

  • High thesis grade 
  • Publication(s) in peer reviewed journal(s)
  • Honours distinction

Application

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

There is no closing date for applications but the expected starting date is 1st April 2015. So, we will engage with applicants on an ongoing basis until a person is appointed.

More information

Project information can be obtained from Prof. Inmaculada Arnedillo-Sánchez Macu.Arnedillo@scss.tcd.ie

Appointment

Based on a full-time appointment the duration of the appointment as a Marie Curie ITN ESR (Early Stage Research) fellow will be for a maximum period of 2.5 years. The appointment will initially be for 12 months renewable for another 18 months depending on performance. The starting date is expected to be 1st April 2015. A Personal Career Development Plan will be drafted that includes the attendance of EDUWORKS courses and meetings. 

The ESR is expected to fully engage in research to complete the objectives of the project, publish on the developments and results of the project on an ongoing basis with a minimum of two publications required and assist in teaching and other research activities ongoing in the group.

The gross monthly salary will be according to the salary scales for ESR in the host country. The collective employment agreement (CAO) of  Irish universities is applicable. Besides the salary, the ESR will obtain a mobility allowance for the duration of the contract under the Marie Curie ITN project.

Host institute: KDEG (Knowledge and Data Engineering Group) in the School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin

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.

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