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Position: Postdoctoral Researcher (2 positions) 

Job Code: NCI 0787

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 participation in testing and evaluation of the NEWTON platform and technologies; assessment and analysis of the collected data in terms of learning performance and learner satisfaction across various countries and institution; and dissemination of the results at various events.

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
• Participate in NEWTON pilots that evaluate of the NEWTON platform and technologies
• Contribute with pedagogical assessment methods and data analysis procedures to assess the NEWTON learning technologies
• Assess and analyse learning performance, learner satisfaction and other data collected during the NEWTON pilots
• Engage in the dissemination of the research activities and outcomes of the NEWTON project
• Organise events to disseminate the NEWTON project research outcome
• 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 coordinate activities and tasks
• Excellent communication, organisation and interpersonal skills, and experience in presentation to international conferences are required.


Salary: € 36,180 - € 50,000
Contract: Until 28th of February 2019. May be extended up to August 2019 subject to project extension approval
Closing Date: Friday, 12th of October 2018

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 NCI 0787
to: recruitment@ncirl.ie. Successful candidate is expected to start in late October 2018.


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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