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Position:                      Postdoctoral Researcher (up to 23 fixed term contract)

Job Code:                    NCI

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.
  • Lead work packages and tasks part of the NEWTON project.
  • Organise events to disseminate the NEWTON project research outcome
  • 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.
  • Manage and conduct 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.
  • Manage and supervise research groups and teams, in particular, teams of researchers
  • Take a leading role in the further development of the research programme and in seeking and pursuing appropriate external funding.

 Key Attributes:                 

  • PhD in Computer Science/ Computing or cognate area or Education with post-qualification research experience
  • Typically a minimum of 3 years postdoctoral experience
  • Evidence of supervision of researchers
  • 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: Technology enhanced teaching, learning and assessment methods

o    adaptive and personalised e-learning user modelling,

o    multi-sensorial media (mulsemedia) content

o    Assessment of learning performance and learner’s satisfaction

·         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

·         Evidence of securing external sources of research funding

·         Proven ability to coordinate overall delivery of project objectives including interdependencies across work packages

·         Excellent communication, organisation and interpersonal skills, and experience in presentation to international conferences are required.



Salary: € 36,180 - € 50,000

Contract:        12 - 23 months

Closing Date:  24th of March 2017

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 NCI0664 to: recruitment@ncirl.ie. Successful candidate is expected to start in April 2017.


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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