We're Hiring - Postdoctoral researcher in software solutions for EdTech

Post Title:Postdoctoral researcher in software solutions for EdTech

Applications are invited to apply for the position of postdoctoral researcher in software solutions for EdTech. This is a senior, highly collaborative role, working in a multi-disciplinary team in a dynamic environment. Our focus is on applied research in collaborative projects led/informed by industry.

Projects range across a diverse set of industry groups and include developing innovative next-generation learning technology prototypes, consulting on commissioned applied research projects and working on smaller state of the art report. The successful candidate will provide thought leadership and high levels of technical understanding to research and innovation projects, and evaluate a diverse range of solution types in the Learning Technologies domain.  You will be technology agnostic, rather having the creative ability to  understand and incorporate a wide range of existing and new technologies for innovative solutions. This role is best suited to someone who is passionate, curious, and questioning about ongoing learning technology research.

Standard Duties and Responsibilities of the Post

Reporting to the Principal Investigator, you will:

  • Bring new ideas and innovative solutions to real world industry challenges
  • Work collaboratively with the Business Development team to assess industry requirements to assess industry requirements and scope engagements with industry on applied research projects.
  • Support the PI and research group in the design, development and implementation of the applied research programme
  • Research the application of technology solutions to edTech problems in a number of areas of interest, including: Machine and deep learning, Personalisation, Interoperability, Analytics, Natural Language Processing
  • Provide technical and development support on applied and commissioned research projects
  • Contribute to the identification of external funding opportunities and assist in the writing of grant proposals
  • Share research results with industry members and the wider edtech community through reports, presentations, etc
  • Engage with internal and external stakeholders including academic and industry partners/collaborators as appropriate
  • Participate in Learnovate Centre activities, such as industry showcases and annual reviews
  • Produce top-quality journal and conference publications
  • Produce top-quality technical documentation
  • Be a part of a fast-paced, dynamic team with a willingness to take on new tasks and learn new skills
  • Work collaboratively with the Learning Science, UX and Innovation teams

Person Specification


Candidates must have a PhD in computer science, engineering or other related fields with at minimum of 3 years research experience in a technology field (excluding PhD studies). Essential.

Knowledge and experience

  • Experience with solution design and solution architecture (essential)
  • 3+ year’s technical experience in an academic or industry R&D setting (essential)
  • Proven track record in the development of system architectures and systems integration (essential)
  • Experience in coordinating and or leading development resources within projects (essential)
  • Demonstrable experience with research grant funding proposals (essential)
  • Experience of multi-stakeholder environments; for example EU funded projects (desirable)
  • Experience in statistical analysis of data (desirable)
  • Experience with the development of eLearning software and/or knowledge of the learning theories unpinning modern approaches to eLearning (desirable)
  • Client facing experience (desirable)
  • System development and integration experience: for example with technologies such as Java or similar OO languages, Javascript frameworks, Python, Databases (SQL, NoSQL), Cloud computing, SOA, mobile app or web development

Skills and competencies


  • A proactive attitude and ability to work both independently and in collaboration with our cross-functional team (learning scientists, UIUX experts, technologists)
  • Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Demonstrable on-going motivation to learn and apply new technologies, develop new solutions
  • Superior report writing skills, with a proven ability to engage technical and non-technical audiences
  • Proven aptitude for Programming, System Analysis and Design
  • Proven ability to prioritise workload and work to exacting deadlines
  • Demonstrable adaptability to respond to stakeholder needs
  • Enthusiastic and structured approach to research and development.
  • Excellent problem-solving abilities
  • Familiarity with agile development methodologies

Desirable (i.e. the following would be advantageous)

  • Experience with innovation methodologies  (Design Thinking, Jobs to be Done, Lean Start-Up etc)
  • Collaboration with Industry
  • Commercialisation of Research

Application Information

In order to assist the selection process, candidates should submit a curriculum vitae AND a 1 page cover letter. Your cover letter should address

  1. 3+ year’s technical experience in an academic or industry R&D setting. Applicants should clearly address this experience and how they obtained their knowledge in their application
  2. Applicants should provide examples of working directly with stakeholders to identify innovative technical solutions and their role in these projects 


Please note: Candidates who do not address the application requirements above in their cover letter will not be considered at the shortlist stage.

Candidates should note that the interview process for this appointment may include the delivery of a presentation and may include a test of practical skills.

Please send your cover letter and CV to lorna.maguire@learnovatecentre.org, with ‘application for the post of UIUX specialist’ in the title.

About Learnovate

Learnovate is one of Europe’s leading research and innovation centres in learning technologies. An industry-led technology centre funded by Enterprise Ireland, Learnovate connects world-class academic research with entrepreneurs at the leading edge of the global learning technologies sector.  Our research fuses expertise in technology, the learning sciences, product design, user experience and strategic innovation to drive commercial success for our industry partners.

The aim of Learnovate is to maximise the growth potential of individual companies working in the EdTech and e-learning sector and enhance Ireland’s competitiveness as a global leader for learning technology innovation.

Learnovate’s industry-led collaborative research programme develops and exploits breakthrough learning technologies for the collective benefit of Ireland’s learning technologies sector.

The Centre is hosted by Trinity College, Dublin located in the Grand Canal Dock.

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