We’re Hiring – Primary/Secondary School Pedagogy Specialist

Post Primary/Secondary School Pedagogy Specialist
Contract Duration: Specific purpose
Department Learnovate Centre, School of Computer Science and Statistics
Salary: Researcher Scale at a point commensurate with qualifications and experience


Candidates are invited to apply for the position of Specialist and Researcher, Primary/Secondary School Pedagogy, in the Learning Sciences Team at the Learnovate Centre. The function of the role is to provide support to Learnovate Centre projects focused on learners in the Schools (K-12) 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:

  • Taking ownership of, defining and developing the pedagogical strategy for research and innovation projects in the Schools space
  • Ongoing engagement with the Learnovate Schools Network, creating and maintaining relationships with the schools
  • 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 Primary/Secondary school learning contexts
    • Providing pedagogical direction
  • Conducting evaluations/trials to support research projects
  • Communicating and transforming research outputs for industry partners
  • Presenting/reviewing research projects with industry partners
  • Preparing and writing -publications to support the work of the Learnovate Centre
  • Carrying out other pedagogical tasks which may be assigned

Key Requirements:

  • Qualification to PhD level in the field (or relevant industry experience)
  • Experience of classroom teaching at either Primary or Post-primary level
  • Experience with learning technology deployment and use in classroom setting
  • Experience of curriculum/ course 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


  • Experience working in a research-driven working environment
  • Experience of conducting end user trials
  • Experience in designing technology-enhanced learning environments
  • Experience with Design Thinking, LEAN Start Up and/or Agile development

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 with the real world business problems of our industry partners. The centre aims to develop innovative industry-led learning technology solutions to benefit the Irish EdTech industry.

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 school’s 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:

Lorna Maguire, Operations Manager

Learnovate Centre, School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College, Dublin

Tel: +353-1-896-4910

Email: lorna.maguire@learnovatecentre.org