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Postdoctoral Researcher


Job Code:

NCI 0663 

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.
On the scientific side, the goals are:

  • To contribute with innovative learning pedagogical methods that make use of technology when teaching STEM subjects in secondary schools and 3rd level education institutions.
  • To research innovative multi-sensorial media (mulsemedia) content delivery solutions that make use of olfactory, gustatory, tactile, and thermoceptive sensations, and how these can be employed for learner benefit.
  • To design and build User Models that support content personalisation and adaptation
  • To assess the learning performance and learner satisfaction as result of applying various pedagogical methods.

    Novel concepts emerging from the performed research will be validated experimentally by integrating them into the teaching and learning process of a number of subjects.

    NEWTON Project:
    NEWTON is a large scale European-funded international project which involves 14 partners from 7 countries. NEWTON will develop, integrate and disseminate 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 in order to increase learner quality of experience, improve learning process and increase learning outcome. The NEWTON project goals are to:
    1) develop and deploy a set of new TEL mechanisms involving multi-modal and multi-sensorial media distribution.
    2) develop, integrate, deploy and disseminate state of the art technology-enhanced teaching methodologies including augmented reality, gamification and self-directed learning addressed to users from secondary and vocational schools, third level and further education, including students with physical disabilities,
    3) build a large platform that links all stakeholders in education, enables content reuse, supports generation of new content, increases content exchange in diverse forms, develops and disseminates new teaching scenarios, and encourages new innovative businesses.
    4) perform personalisation and adaptation for content, delivery and presentation in order to increase learner quality of experience and to improve learning process, and validate the platform impact and the effectiveness of the teaching scenarios in terms of user satisfaction, improvement of the learning and teaching experience, etc. and the underlying technology through an European-wide real-life pilot.

    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.
  • Research and contribute with innovative technology based teaching, learning and assessment methods
  • Design and build User Models that support content personalisation and adaptation
  • Research innovative multi-sensorial media (mulsemedia) content delivery solutions that make use of olfactory, gustatory, tactile, and thermoceptive sensations, and how these can be employed for learner benefit
  • Engage in the dissemination of the research activities and outcomes of the NEWTON project
  • Take leadership and contribute to generation of papers, reports and research funding proposals, enhancing the research profile of School of Computing and, in general, of National College of Ireland
  • Actively publish research findings in high impact journals and at key conferences as part of the research group effort to disseminate research outputs.
  • Interact closely with taught and research students associated with the research group and possible have an agreed role in supporting these students in their day to day research in conjunction with an academic supervisor.
  • Carry out administrative work to support the programme of research where required, including regular funding agency reports and internal reports, etc.
  • Support collaboration with industry in areas relevant to the research group.
  • Lecture/tutorial and support academic staff in applying research findings into the teaching and learning process
  • 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
  • Appropriate technical competence and research expertise in the following areas:
    o Adaptive and personalised e-learning
    o Technology enhanced teaching, learning and assessment methods
    o User modelling
    o multi-sensorial media (mulsemedia) content
    o user profile-based personalisation of services
    o Assessment of learning performance and learner’s satisfaction
  • 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: user modelling, mulsemedia, adaptive and personalised information, technology enhanced e-learning
  • 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
  • Ability to balance research and administrative demands within a project
  • Excellent communication, organisation and interpersonal skills, and experience in presentation to international conferences are required.

    Salary: €36,000 - €42,000
    Annual Leave: 34 days per annum pro rata
    Contract: Fixed Term Contract 12 - 30 months
    Closing Date: 1st of September 2016

    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, quoting reference number NCI0663 to: recruitment@ncirl.ie by 5pm, Thursday 1st September 2016. Successful candidate is expected to start in September/October 2016. 

    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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