Research Associate/Senior Research Associate in Computing Education (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge
May 05, 2024
Offerd Salary:£36,024-£44,263
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Research Associate/Senior Research Associate in Computing Education (Fixed


We are looking for a Research Associate/Senior Research Associate to join the Raspberry Pi Computing Education Research Centre in the Department of Computer Science and Technology.

The Research Associate/Senior Research Associate will play a pivotal role in conducting and leading research projects focused on computing education within the school system in the UK and beyond. The person we are looking for will already have published in the field of computing education research and be able to work independently on their own research, which will be aligned to one or more of the research areas of the Raspberry Pi Computing Education Research Centre. They will also be able to lead on at least one of the core longitudinal research projects being conducted by the research centre, and support other research projects as needed. Over time, the candidate would also be able to represent the research centre externally.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead at least one core research project within the research centre, overseeing all aspects of project design, implementation, and dissemination.

  • Design and conduct research studies to investigate various aspects of computing education in schools.

  • Mentor and supervise students and junior researchers involved in research projects, providing guidance on research methodology, data analysis, and publication strategies.

  • Collaborate with educators, policymakers, and other stakeholders to identify research priorities and develop research proposals aligned with the research centre's mission.

  • Collect, analyse, and interpret data using quantitative and qualitative research methods, ensuring rigorous and methodologically sound approaches.

  • Publish research findings in peer-reviewed journals and present findings at conferences and professional meetings to contribute to the academic discourse on computing education.

  • The person we are looking for will be able to demonstrate some or all of the following:

  • A PhD in computing education or a closely related field

  • Experience of independent research, and a track record of high -quality publications in computing education research

  • Experience of qualitative and quantitative research methods

  • Experience of research with educators and in schools

  • Proven communication skills and the ability to present their research at the appropriate national and international forums and technical and non- technical audiences.

  • Proven organisational skills, with the ability to manage their own workload and work to deadlines.

  • Experience of writing for a range of audiences

  • A high level of accuracy and attention to detail.

  • Strong motivation to work in interdisciplinary environments

  • Experience of engagement with policymakers and other educational stakeholders, including the media.

  • In addition, to be considered for the Senior Research Associate position, you should have:

  • Substantial postdoctoral research experience in computing education research

  • Experience of mentoring/supervising students or junior researchers

  • Proven leadership skills

  • A track record of obtaining funding for research

  • Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 4 years in the first instance.

    Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

    Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application, and a recent writing sample (maximum 10,000 words).

    If you have any questions about this vacancy please contact Dr Sue Sentance at [email protected].

    If you have any queries about the application process please contact [email protected].

    The closing date for applications is: midnight on 5th May 2024.

    Interviews will be held: shortly after the application close date.

    The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

    The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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  • Department/Location

    Department of Computer Science and Technology, West Cambridge


    £36,024-£44,263; or £45,585-£57,696






    20 March 2024

    Closing date

    5 May 2024

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