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Position: Postdoctoral Researcher (2 positions)

Job Code: NCI 0813

Reporting to: Principal Investigators of the NEWTON Project

Purpose of Position:
The primary focus of the Postdoctoral Researcher (PDR) will be to perform research on the EU-funded project NEWTON in the area of technology enhanced e-learning, to collaborate with the other partners of the NEWTON project and to actively publish research findings in high impact journals and at key conferences. The research activities will involve organisation and participation in various dissemination and exploration activities; analysis of the collected pilots’ data in terms of learning performance, learner satisfaction, learner and teacher feedback and cross data analysis between pilots run in different countries and institutions.

NEWTON Project:
NEWTON is a large scale European-funded international project which involves 14 partners from 7 countries. NEWTON project develops, integrates and disseminates innovative technology-enhanced learning (TEL) methods and tools, to create new or inter-connect existing state-of-the art teaching labs and to build a pan-European learning network platform that supports fast dissemination of learning content to a wide audience in a ubiquitous manner. NEWTON focuses on employing novel technologies ( e.g. adaptive and personalised learning, adaptive multimedia, mulsemedia, AR, VR, computer games, etc.) in order to increase learner quality of experience, improve learning process and increase learning outcome.

Key Relationships:
• NEWTON NCI Principal Investigator
• Dean of School of Computing
• NEWTON European partners
• School of Computing staff

Key Responsibilities:
• Conduct research under the supervision and direction of the Principal Investigator aligned with the objectives of the NEWTON project
• Actively engage and collaborate with the other partners of the NEWOTN project. Some travel to the European partners will be required.
• Lead tasks part of the NEWTON project and contribute to generation of project deliverables, reports and research funding proposals
• Contribute with data analysis procedures to assess the NEWTON learning technologies
• Assess and analyse learning performance, learner satisfaction, knowledge tests, learner and teacher feedback, and other data collected during the NEWTON pilots
• Engage in the dissemination of the research activities and outcomes of the NEWTON project
• Contribute to the NEWTON exploitation and dissemination activities
• Actively publish research findings in high impact journals and at key conferences as part of the research group effort to disseminate research outputs.
• Support collaboration with industry in areas relevant to the research group.
• Carry out administrative and other duties as deemed necessary by the Dean of School or Principal Investigator.

Key Attributes:
• PhD in Computer Science/ Computing or cognate area or Education is required with post-qualification research experience
• Good data processing and analysis knowledge
• Typically, a minimum of 3-year postdoctoral experience
• Significant publication record in high-impact journals and selective conferences
• Evidence of accomplishment in research and development in some of the following area is required:
o Technology enhanced teaching, learning and assessment methods
o Assessment of learning performance and learner’s satisfaction
o Qualitative and quantitative assessment
o Data Analysis
• A capability of working within a project team to achieve group-oriented results in parallel to individual productivity
• Time management skills and ability to work to deadlines
• Proven ability to lead, organise and coordinate research activities and tasks
• Excellent communication, organisation and interpersonal skills, and experience in presentation to international conferences are required.

Salary: € 36,540 - € 54,813
Contract: Until 31st of August 2019
Closing Date: Friday, 29th of March 2019

Informal Enquiries ONLY to:
Dr. Cristina Muntean, School of Computing, National College of Ireland
Email: Cristina.Muntean@ncirl.ie

Please do not send applications to Dr. Muntean, instead apply as described next.

Application process:
To apply, please e-mail your cover letter and CV both in PDF Format ONLY, quoting reference number NCI 0813 to: recruitment-cdolan@ncirl.ie. Successful candidate is expected to start in April 2019

Note: The functions and responsibilities assigned to Postdoctoral Researcher are based on the current stated role and objectives of the College. These functions and responsibilities may alter in line with any change in the role and objectives of the NCI.

National College of Ireland is an equal opportunities employer. 


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