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.
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
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.
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