We’re Hiring – Technology Research Lead

Applications are invited to apply for the position of Technology Research Lead focusing on the EdTech sector. This is a senior, highly collaborative role, working in a multi-disciplinary team in a dynamic environment. Projects range across a diverse set of educational sectors and types including innovative next-generation learning technology demonstrators and consulting on commissioned research projects. The successful candidate will provide thought leadership and exceptional technical understanding to research and evaluate a diverse range of solution types in the edTech domain.  You will be technology agnostic and be able to understand and incorporate a wide range of existing and new technologies into your solutions. This role is best suited to someone who is passionate, curious, and questioning about ongoing learning technology research.

Post Title:Technology Research Lead
Post Status:Specific purpose contract, 3 years, full-time Learnovate Centre,
Department/Faculty:Learnovate Centre, School of Computer Science and Statistics,

Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin

Location:Unit 28 Trinity Technology and Enterprise Centre,

Pearse Street, Dublin 2, Ireland

Reports to:Learnovate Centre Director
Salary:Appointment will be made on the IUA researcher salary scale at a point in line with Government Pay Policy
Hours of Work:37 Hours per Week
Closing Date:22nd of June 2018

Standard Duties and Responsibilities of the Post


  • Reporting to the Principal Investigator, provision of technical leadership on applied research projects as part of the Centre’s collaborative and commissioned research programmes
  • Research and evaluate new and emerging technologies and approaches to real world EdTech problems
  • Participate fully in the realisation of research projects from idea conception, through development to evaluation and user trials.



  • Engage with internal and external stakeholders including academic and industry partners/collaborators as appropriate
  • Participate in Learnovate Centre activities, such as seminars, industry showcases and annual reviews
  • Prepare and write technical reports and state-of-the-art articles, blogs, etc. to support the sharing of research results, in particular with the Centre’s industry partners.



  • Be a part of a fast-paced, dynamic team with a willingness to take on new tasks and learn new skills
  • Work collaboratively with the Learning Science, UX and Innovation teams
  • Provide technical and development support on applied and commissioned research projects
  • Direct additional technical and development staff as required by project.


Person Specification:


MSc in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or similar technical discipline.

Knowledge and Experience (essential and desirable):

  • Minimum of five year’s software development experience in an academic or industry R&D setting (essential)
  • Proven track record in the development of system architectures and systems integration (essential)
  • Experience in statistical analysis of data (essential)
  • Presentation skills with a high degree of comfort communicating effectively with both large and small audiences who may be technical or non-technical (essential)
  • Experience working in a research driven working environment (desirable)
  • Experience with the development of eLearning software and/or knowledge of the learning theories unpinning modern approaches to eLearning (desirable)
  • Client facing experience to aid the commercialisation of research (desirable)
  • Capability in proposal writing for national and international research funding (desirable)

Skills and competencies

  • Proven ability to research new and emerging technologies and their relevance to member clients
  • Superior report writing skills, with a proven ability to engage technical and non-technical audiences
  • Experience of multi-stakeholder environments for example European funded projects
  • Proven ability to prioritise own workload and work to exacting deadlines
  • Demonstrable adaptability to respond to stakeholder needs
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to be a team player who has taken responsibility to contribute to the overall success of the multidisciplinary team
  • Excellent analytical and software design skills
  • Enthusiastic and structured approach to systems development and testing
  • Familiarity with agile development methodologies
  • System development and integration experience with one or more of the following:

– Web application development

– Service Oriented Architectures

– Mobile development

  • Proven experience in server side technologies
  • Proven aptitude for Programming, System Analysis and Design for example: Java, NodeJS/Javascript, Python, AngularJS/React.js/Ember.js, HTML5, CSS, SQL/NoSQL, RESTful Services, Spring/Play/Django.


Application Information

In order to assist the selection process, candidates should submit a curriculum vitae and a 1 page cover letter. Your cover letter should address

  1. Minimum of five years software development experience in an academic or industry R&D setting (essential).  Applicants should clearly address this experience and how they obtained their knowledge in their application.
  2. Evidence of managing multiple projects simultaneously. The applicant should give examples of involvement in stakeholder facilitation and what the applicant learned from the process.


Apply with CV and Cover letter to lorna.maguire@learnovatecentre.org

Closing Date: 22nd June, noon.


Please note: Candidates who do not address the application requirements above in their cover letter will not be considered at the shortlist stage.

Candidates should note that the interview process for this appointment may include the delivery of a presentation and may include a test of practical skills.

The Learnovate Centre

Hosted by Trinity College Dublin’s School of Computer Science and Statistics and funded by Enterprise Ireland, Learnovate’s mission is to enhance the competitive advantage of Ireland’s learning technology industry, and more broadly, to maximise the success any company can derive from using learning technology effectively.

Learnovate currently has over 60 industry members that range across sectors and sizes from start-ups to growth phase companies to large corporates and multi-nationals. These members can be divided into supply side companies that are focused on producing learning technologies and demand side companies that are focused on deploying learning technologies.

The Centre’s multidisciplinary team works with industry partners to deliver strategic research and innovative learning technologies in areas such as mobile and          collaborative learning, social and informal learning, immersive learning, and metrics and assessment.

Industry can engage with the Centre through a membership model or by contracting Learnovate directly to provide research and innovation services. These services can, in turn, be supported by (state-supported) grant funding vehicles such as innovation vouchers and innovation partnerships.

School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College Dublin

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.