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Trinity College Dublin

Research Assitant - Learnovate Centre

Closing Date: 
April 4, 2016

Summary
Candidates are invited to apply for the position of Research Assistant/Project Coordinator in the Learnovate Centre. The ideal candidate will have excellent facilitation, communication, and influencing skills, as well as insights into one or more of: educational technology, game-based learning, learning design, or pedagogy. A team player and self-motivated, the candidate will demonstrate a strong team ethos and an ability to develop strong relationships with relevant stakeholders and ensure their needs are met.

The successful candidate will work on applied educational technology research projects including:
The DEVELOP project; an EU-funded Horizon 2020 project focussing on career development in large companies. This project will create a personalised learning environment for career development that will provide game-based assessment of transversal competencies and social capital to highlight learning opportunities for career development. It will combine this with personalised visualisations of potential career paths to inform and guide learners towards realistic and attainable careers.

Principal Duties

• Working with a multi-disciplinary team to define, scope and execute demonstrators, prototypes and bespoke projects
• Creating and managing schedules, resources and budget
• End to end coordination of multi-partner, complex software projects
• Working with the Programme Manager to prioritise and maximise resource and time usage across multiple projects
• Background research on one or more of: educational technology, game-based learning, learning design, or pedagogy
• Contributing to academic publications and research reports
• Contribute actively to research projects, including requirements gathering, design, implementation, and evaluation
• Working with industry partners to provide detailed specifications and requirements
• Creation and maintenance of project documentation and processes in line with best practice
• Communicating project progress, information and outputs
• Presenting and reviewing projects with industry partners

Key Requirements

• Min 1 years experience in project coordination, personnel management, or relevant research activities
• Experience in working as a consultant with internal and external customers
• Proven stakeholder management skills
• Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills
• Proven facilitation, collaboration and influencing skills
• Ability to operate with high flexibility in a constantly evolving team environment
• Proven ability to prioritise own workload and work to exacting deadlines
• Strong team player
• Experience in using standard project coordination tools including commercial offerings, MS Project, Excel etc.

Desirable

• Degree in Computer Science, Education, Psychology or related discipline
• Research experience in one or more of the following: educational technology, game-based learning, learning design, or pedagogy
• Experience in applied learning technology research
• A sound knowledge of software development and testing best practice
• Experience working in a research driven working environment
• Experience in process improvement and change management
• Strong working knowledge of project management practise such as Prince 2, PMBOK
• A proven track record in software project delivery in EdTech / Software environment
• Experience with Agile methodology

Background to the Post

This is an opportunity to join an exciting research team, based in the Learnovate Centre in Dublin’s “silicon dock”. We have recently secured significant funding for projects in the areas of corporate career development, and innovate web services/API models for the EdTech sector.

Department Summary

The School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College Dublin offers a high quality educational experience to undergraduate and postgraduate students along with exceptional research opportunities for professionals in the fields of computer science and statistics. The school is proud of its reputation as an innovative and energetic centre for study and research.
The research interests of the school are wide and varied, ranging from the theoretical to the practical. The schools researchers are at the cutting-edge of their disciplines, working on prestigious research projects with other professionals in their fields, and with access to significant public and private funding and industry support.

Trinity College Dublin

Founded in 1592, Trinity College Dublin is the oldest university in Ireland and one of the older universities of Western Europe. On today’s campus, state-of-the-art libraries, laboratories and IT facilities, stand alongside historic buildings on a city-centre 47-acre campus. Trinity College Dublin is currently ranked 43rd in the top world universities by the Times Higher Education Supplement Global University Rankings 2009 and 13th in Europe. Trinity College Dublin offers a unique educational experience across a range of disciplines in the arts, humanities, engineering, science and human, social and health sciences. As Ireland’s premier university, the pursuit of excellence through research and scholarship is at the heart of a Trinity education. TCD has an outstanding record of publications in high-impact journals, and a track record in winning research funding which is among the best in the country. TCD has developed significant international strength in its research in eight major themes which include globalisation; cancer; genetics; neuroscience; immunology and infection; communications and intelligent systems; nano and materials science as well as Irish culture and the creative arts. TCD aims to become the world reference point in at least one of these areas of research in the next 10 years

Application Procedure

Candidates are asked to submit a covering letter and a full CV to include the names and contact details of 3 referees (email addresses if possible) to:
Martyn Farrows, Centre Director
Learnovate Centre, School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College, Dublin
Tel: +353-1-896- 4912
Email: martyn.farrows@learnovatecentre.org