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Research Assistant


Job Code:

NCI 0681 

Reporting to:

Principal Investigators of the NEWTON Project 

Purpose of Position:

This title will apply to a person of appropriate qualifications e.g. BSc or MSc in Computing or cognate area employed on a contract for the purpose of in house application development and educational content, and assisting in the performance of research on the EU-funded project NEWTON in the area of technology enhanced e-learning. NCI, School of Computing is a partner in the NEWTON project. Dependent on the successful achievement of the project deliverables, please note there may be an opportunity for School of Computing to extend the duration of this position for a further 6-month period to cover the next deliverables of the NEWTON project.

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 and National College of Ireland staff
  • Teachers from Secondary Schools 

    Key Responsibilities:
  • To work under the direction of the NEWTON Principal Investigator
  • To provide assistance in conducting research activities, including planning, organizing, conducting, and communicating research studies within the overall scope of a research project.
  • To coordinate and perform a variety of independent and team activities involved in the collection, analysis, documentation and some interpretation of information/results
  • To coordinate the development of forms, questionnaires and case study scenarios defined for the NEWTON project
  • To lead on-site testing of technology enhanced teaching and learning methodologies with a set of case partners.
  • To support the development of software and education material required for the NEWTON project
  • To present information on research progress and outcomes to others responsible for the research project and to the NEWTON’s partners
  • To provide guidance as required to any support staff and/or researchers assisting with the research project, as agreed with the Principal Investigator
  • To contribute to the publication of findings.
  • To provide support in disseminating the research activities and outcomes of the NEWTON project
  • Carry out administrative and other duties as deemed necessary by the Dean of School or Principal Investigator.

Key Attributes:

  • BSc or MSc in Computer Science/ Computing or cognate area
  • A strong background in programming
  • Some research experience is desirable, preferably in the e-learning domain
  • Evidence of excellent organizational and communication skills.
  • Good report writing and presentation skills.
  • Strong problem solving abilities
  • Previous case-study evaluation experience and practices in e-learning are desired.
  • An ability to work independently or as part of the team,
  • Time management skills and ability to work to deadlines

    Salary: € 24,000 - € 36,000 (based on full-time hours)
    Annual Leave: 34 days per annum (based on full-time hours)
    Contract: 6 months Fixed Term Contract, part-time
    Closing Date: 28th of June 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 NCI0681 to: recruitment@ncirl.ie by 5pm, Tuesday 28th June 2016. Successful candidate is expected to start in August 2016.

    Note: The functions and responsibilities assigned to Research Assistant 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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