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Principal Research Associate and Director of Raspberry Pi Computing Education Research Centre (Fixed Term)


Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 5 years.

The Raspberry Pi Computing Education Research Centre is based in the Department of Computer Science and Technology at the University of Cambridge.

The aim of the Centre is to increase our understanding of teaching and learning computing, computer science, and associated subjects, with a particular focus on young people from backgrounds that are traditionally under-represented in the field of computing or who experience educational disadvantage.

The Centre is a joint initiative between the University and the Raspberry Pi Foundation and offers an exciting opportunity to combine expertise from across both institutions to deliver a step-change in computing education. The Centre seeks to achieve long-term impact by conducting original research as well as working with its partners to turn new research results into practice, including working closely with Raspberry Pi Foundation's educational programmes.

We seek to recruit a part-time Director for the Centre (2 days per week) who will take overall responsibility for its operation, supported by a steering group. Candidates should have a strong academic background in computing education as well as demonstrable experience establishing and managing large projects.

Role requirements

  • Work in collaboration with the steering group to establish the Centre and set its strategic direction

  • Leading a research team, including the recruitment, hiring and management of research associates and research software engineers

  • Recruiting, supervising, mentoring and guiding the work of postgraduate students

  • Strategic research planning and management

  • Investigating new areas of original research and collaborating across academia, industry and the charity sectors

  • Successfully applying for funding to support research fulfilling the aims of the Centre

  • Facilitating collaboration with the Raspberry Pi Foundation and other funders, transferring research into practice where appropriate

  • Understanding and managing the ethical requirements of research into computing education

  • Reporting on and promoting the results and aims of the centre

  • Publishing national and international peer-reviewed papers

  • Participating in conferences in specialist areas in national and international venues

  • Contributing to the academic life of the research community, including peer-reviewing papers, acting as an internal and external examiner for PhD students and writing references

Person specification

Essential criteria

  • PhD degree in computer science or related field

  • Proven track record of building and leading a team of researchers

  • Significant experience supervising postgraduate students

  • Demonstrable evidence of research management

  • International research profile in computing education with demonstrable impact

  • Ability to collaborate effectively across academia, industry and the charity sectors

  • Knowledge and experience in making successful funding applications to support a team

  • Effective presentation skills and an ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in the department, the University and with external organisations

Highly desirable criteria

  • Strong computing education research experience, including work with a focus on young people from backgrounds that are traditionally under-represented or who experience educational disadvantage

  • Significant experience as an educator

  • Experience at running experiments involving human subjects

  • Ability to test out ideas in practice and evaluate their efficacy

Informal enquiries can be made by contacting Alastair.Beresford@cst.cam.ac.uk

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Please ensure you upload your curriculum vitae and a cover letter detailing your previous project experience with reference to the above criteria. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please quote reference NR27870 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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