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Wednesday, 23 May 2007
Four research posts and one PhD studentship are available for people with diverse backgrounds, including computer science and social science, to work on the MiGen project, funded by ESRC/EPSRC through the Teaching and Learning Research Programme.

The Intelligent Support for Mathematical Generalisation (ISMG) project, now renamed MiGen, is funded for 39 months by the EPSRC/ESRC under the Teaching and Learning Research Programme.  The project aims to design, build and evaluate a pedagogical and technical environment for improving 11-14 year old students' learning of mathematical generalisation. The project will be based at the London Knowledge Lab, a unique collaboration between two of the UK's most prominent centres of world-class research - the Institute of Education and Birkbeck. For all posts we seek people with a commitment to research on the improvement of learning, and willing to engage intellectually and socially in an interdisciplinary team of social and computer scientists.

Closing date for posts 3-5: 12 June 2007, 12 noon 

The following posts are available:

  1. Research Officer (Grade 7), Institute of Education (Closing date 19 June 2007, 12 noon)
  2. Research Officer (Grade 8), Institute of Education (Closing date 19 June 2007, 12 noon)
  3. Research Officer (Grade 7), Birkbeck College (Closing date 12 June 2007, 12 noon)
  4. Research Officer (Grade 8), Birkbeck College (Closing date 12 June 2007, 12 noon)
  5. PhD Studentship, Birkbeck College (Closing date 12 June 2007, 12 noon)

Birkbeck and the Institute of Education are Equal Opportunities Employers.

For further information, please contact the LKL Co-Director, Professor Richard Noss.


1. Research Officer (Grade 7), Institute of Education
Fixed-term, full-time (1.0 fte) post, start 1.01.2008 and end date 30.9.2010
Salary range: 29,789 per annum rising to £34,008 per annum inclusive
Ref: 7AC/MST/3

Appointment subject to satisfactory CRB Disclosure

You will play a vital support role in the project's educational objectives reporting to the senior social science researcher and ultimately the project directors. You will assist in the design of activity sequences, data collection and analysis, liaising with schools, designing and analysing evaluations, and writing project reports and papers. 

You will have a familiarity with the potential of computers for learning, in the area of mathematical or scientific education and a good knowledge of mathematics at secondary school level. A first degree in a relevant field of science (e.g. mathematics, computer science), or in social science (e.g. psychology) is essential. You should also have or be studying for a higher degree in an area of social science that relates to learning, computing, mathematics or combinations of these (e.g. AI in Education, Mathematics Education). The ability to work in a team and write clearly and concisely in academic English will also be essential for this role. 

For an application form and further details please ring 020 7612 6159 (24 hour answer phone) quoting the appropriate reference or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Textphone calls accepted via Typetalk (Typetalk users please call 18001 020 7612 6715 during normal working hours).  Please, do not send CVs at this stage.  Completed applications to be returned to the Human Resources Department, Institute of Education, University of London, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL by 19 June 2007.

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2. Research Officer (Grade 8), Institute of Education
Fixed - term, full time (1.0 FTE),
start 1.10.2007 and end date 30.9.2010,
Salary range: £36,102 per annum rising to £41,292 per annum inclusive
Ref
8AC/MST/2

Appointment subject to satisfactory CRB Disclosure

You will lead a small project team, reporting to the project directors, in order to ensure that the pedagogical objectives of this project are achieved.  You will have responsibility for designing activity sequences, data collection and analysis, liaising with schools, designing and analysing evaluations, and writing project reports and papers

You will have a sound knowledge and experience of the potential of computers for learning, in the area of mathematical or scientific education and a good knowledge of mathematics at secondary school level.  A PhD or equivalent in an area of social science that relates to learning, computing, mathematics or combinations of these (e.g. AI in Education, Mathematics Education) is essential.  You should also hold a good first degree in a relevant field of science (e.g. mathematics, computer science), or in social science (e.g. psychology). You will have experience of working in a research environment and have a good publications record. Experience of computer supported collaborative learning, and experience of updating web content will also be essential for this role. 

For an application form and further details please ring 020 7612 6159 (24 hour answer phone) quoting the appropriate reference or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Textphone calls accepted via Typetalk (Typetalk users please call 18001 020 7612 6715 during normal working hours).  Please, do not send CVs at this stage.  Completed applications to be returned to the Human Resources Department, Institute of Education, University of London, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL by 19 June 2007.

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3. Research Officer (Grade 7), Birkbeck
Fixed term, full time (1.0 fte) post, start 01.01.2008 and end date 30.9.2010
Salary range - £30,075 per annum rising to £34,450 per annum inclusive,
Reference Number CCS037 

Appointment subject to satisfactory CRB Disclosure

You will have a PhD in computational intelligence, intelligent systems, user modelling, personalisation technologies, or similar.  You will play a vital role in the project's computing objectives, reporting to the senior computer science researcher and the project directors.

You will research and develop the personalisation and adaptation aspects of the learning environment.  You will participate in the evaluation of these aspects of the system.

For application forms and further details of the Birkbeck posts please see http://www.bbk.ac.uk or send an A4 sae, quoting the post reference number - CCS037 (Grade 7) or CCS038 (Grade 8), to the Human Resources Team, Birkbeck, Malet Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7HX or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  

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4. Research Officer (Grade 8), Birkbeck
Fixed term, full time (1.0 fte) post, start 01.10.2007 and end 30.09.2010
Salary range - £35,405 per annum rising to £41,770 per annum inclusive,
Reference Number CCS038 

Appointment subject to satisfactory CRB Disclosure

You will have a PhD in data management, data visualisation, service-based architectures, personalisation technologies, or similar. You will have prior experience of conducting research projects and a good publications record. You will be the senior computer science researcher, supervising the junior researcher on a day-to-day basis, and play a leading role in the project's computing objectives, reporting to the project directors.  You will have responsibility for the design and development of two of the three main tools of the learning environment, for research and development of the search and visualization aspects of these tools, and for writing project reports and papers.  You will participate in the piloting and evaluation of the system.

For application forms and further details of the Birkbeck posts please see http://www.bbk.ac.uk or send an A4 sae, quoting the post reference number - CCS037 (Grade 7) or CCS038 (Grade 8), to the Human Resources Team, Birkbeck, Malet Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7HX or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   

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5. PhD studentship, Birkbeck
Home or Overseas Fees, Stipend up to £12,600 per annum, start 01.10.2007 and end 30.9.2010.

This will be in one of the following, or related, areas relevant to the ISMG project: learner modeling, personalization/adaptation technologies for e-learning, visualization techniques for fostering communities of learners, personalized querying and search. To apply, complete an application form, including a CV and statement of proposed research area, as detailed at www.dcs.bbk.ac.uk/research/degrees-apply.html, quoting PhD studentships 0705. 

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