We’re Hiring – K-12 Pedagogy Researcher

Post:K-12 Pedagogy Researcher
Contract Duration:24 months
Department:Learnovate Centre
SalaryResearcher Scale at a point commensurate with qualifications and experience
Closing Date:March 22nd 2024
Interview Date: (in person)April 15th 2024
Start date:May 2024


Candidates are invited to apply for the position of K-12 Pedagogy Researcher in the Learning Science team within the Learnovate Centre. The function of the role is to provide support to Learnovate Centre research projects focused on learners in the K-12/schools space. The work will be conducted in collaboration with a dynamic, multi-disciplinary research team with the aim of developing innovative next-generation learning technology which demonstrates real benefits for school age learners. Learnovate research is industry-led and you will have the opportunity to work on a range of projects in a collaborative team, ranging from short paid for industry research to longer core and EU funded projects.

Team: The successful candidate will be joining the Learning Science team, within a research centre that has core capabilities in User Design and Experience, Technology, and Innovation Services.

Principal Duties:

  • Participate in defining the K-12 pedagogical strategy for the Centre
  • Recommend topics for K-12 research projects
  • Building and maintaining relationships with a wide cross-section of schools with a view to including them in the research agenda
  • Ensuring the Centres range of research projects demonstrate real learning innovation through:
    • Identifying ‘real-world’ learning challenges from the K-12 space
    • Defining and implementing a pedagogical strategy that addresses ‘real world’ challenges in a way that takes account of the learners’ context
    • Creating relevant use cases primarily focusing on K-12 school learning contexts
    • Providing pedagogical expertise
  • Conducting in-person and virtual workshops in the course of research projects
  • Works closely with industry partners to produce research outputs that deliver real value to the partner
  • Presenting/reviewing research projects with industry partners
  • Preparing and writing research and evaluation reports for both academic and non-academic audiences
  • Carrying out other pedagogical tasks which may be assigned
  • Representing Learnovate at conferences and events as required by PI

Key Requirements:


  • Masters level qualification in the Learning Science or Education field
  • 6 years K12/School experience


  • Experience of classroom teaching at either Primary or Post-primary level (essential)
  • Experience with learning technology deployment and use in classroom setting (essential)
  • Experience in designing technology-enhanced learning environments (essential)
  • Experience of curriculum/ course design (essential)
  • Experience in assessment design (of and for learning) (essential)
  • Experience working in a research-driven working environment
  • Experience of conducting end user trial and analysing


  • Demonstrable experience in the production of clear and concise reports, for a range of audiences (essential)
  • Proven ability to prioritise own workload and work to exacting deadlines
  • Adaptive to an agile work environment
  • Strong communication skills to collaborate with diverse teams
  • Familiarity with Design Thinking and innovation processes (desirable)

Application Procedure

Applicants should submit the following to: lorna.maguire@learnovatecentre.org

  1. Cover Letter outlining relevant experience for this role
  2. A comprehensive curriculum vitae


Late applications will not be considered. Please note applicants may not be contacted until after the closing date.

For informal queries on this post contact Lorna Maguire lorna.maguire@learnovatecentre.org