Post Researcher – K-12 Pedagogy and Learning Design
Contract Duration 9 Months full-time
Department Learnovate Centre, School of Computer Science and Statistics
Salary Researcher Scale at a point commensurate with qualifications and experience
Closing Date: June 5th 2015


Candidates are invited to apply for the position of Researcher, K-12 Pedagogy and Learning Design in the Pedagogy Team at the Learnovate Centre. The function of the role is to provide support to Learnovate Centre projects focused on learners in the K-12/schools space. The work will be conducted in collaboration with a dynamic, multi-disciplinary research team with the aim of developing innovative next-generation learning technology which demonstrates real benefits for school age learners.

Principal Duties

  • Working with the Pedagogical Lead to define an overarching K-12 pedagogical strategy for the Learnovate Centre’s research programme
  • Taking ownership of, defining and developing the pedagogical strategy for K-12 research projects
  • Ensuring that research projects demonstrate real learning innovation through:
  • Defining and implementing a pedagogical strategy which is appropriate to the context of learners
  • Creating relevant use cases primarily focusing on K-12 school learning contexts
  • Providing pedagogical direction
  • Conducting evaluations/trials to support research projects
  • Support with communicating and transforming research outputs for industry partners
  • Presenting/reviewing research projects with industry partners
  • Preparing and writing research publications to support the work of the Learnovate Centre
  • Carrying out other pedagogical tasks which may, from time to time, be assigned

Key Requirements

  • Qualification to PhD level in the field (or relevant industry experience)
  • Significant classroom teaching experience at either Primary or Post-primary level
  • Experience of curriculum/ course /eLearning design
  • Experience in assessment design (of and for learning)
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Proven ability to prioritise own workload and work to exacting deadlines
  • Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong team player


  • Instructional design experience in the eLearning industry
  • Experience working in a research-driven working environment
  • Experience of conducting end user trials
  • Experience in designing technology-enhanced learning environments

Background to the Post

The Learnovate Centre is an Enterprise Ireland/IDA funded centre of excellence in learning innovation. The centre brings together state of the art research from our academic partners (Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, National University of Ireland Galway, and Waterford Institute of Technology) with the real world business problems of our industry partners. Through focussing on the following four research themes the centre aims to develop innovative industry-led learning technology solutions to benefit the Irish EdTech industry:

  • Social and informal learning
  • Mobile and collaborative learning
  • Immersive learning
  • Metrics and assessment

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:

Dr Martyn Farrows, Cetnre Director,
Learnovate Centre, Unit 28, Trinity Technology and Enterprise Campus, Pearse Street, Dublin 2.
Tel: +353-1-896-4912