Postdoctoral position (Spain)

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Postdoctoral position (Technology-Enhanced Learning) - GSIC/EMIC Research Group - University of Valladolid (Spain)

Institution: Universidad de Valladolid, Valladolid, Spain

Hosting Lab: Group of Intelligent and Cooperative Systems - Education, Media, Informatics, and Culture (GSIC-EMIC)

The interdisciplinary GSIC-EMIC research group was founded in 1994 and is formed by 20 researchers (12 PhD) with  Engineering, Computer Science and Education backgrounds. It has a long research experience on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, Learning Design, Classroom Orchestration, educational application of Augmented Reality and Virtual Worlds, and socio-semantic educational systems, among others.

URL: http://gsic.uva.es

Contact person
Prof. Yannis Dimitriadis
yannis@tel.uva.es
https://scholar.google.es/citations?user=xrzS-v4AAAAJ&hl=es

Project title
Integrated system for the design, enactment and monitoring of gamified and collaborative learning in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

Proposal objectives
The project addresses the following research question: How can educators be supported in the design, enactment and monitoring of collaborative learning situations, in massive online settings, that incorporate gamification strategies? The ultimate goal is democratizing the production and delivery of MOOCs, as well as improving their quality and effectiveness, by increasing the motivation and participation of the learners and, thus, by decreasing the dropout rates.

Scientific Profile
The candidate must have a Ph.D. in Engineering, Computer Science, or Education and demonstrate research experience in one or several of the following Technology-Enhanced Learning fields: gamified learning, MOOCs, CSCL (Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning). Candidates must possess good command of both written and spoken English (Spanish is desirable but not compulsory).

Eligibility requirements
Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree issued by an institution other than the University of Valladolid.

Alternatively, candidates with a Ph.D. degree issued by the University of Valladolid shall be eligible if they can provide written proof of having spent at least 24 months of postdoctoral research stays in other non Spanish institutions.

Salary and contract duration
The contract is expected to begin on October 1st and will last for 21 months. Salary will be of 30,000€ per year before taxes (around 23,000€ per year after taxes and Social Security deductions). The contract includes health coverage by the National Health System.

How to apply
Please write an email to yannis@tel.uva.es attaching your latest CV and a motivation letter (either attached or in the mail body) in which you should emphasize the suitability of your profile for this fellowship. You may also provide recommendation letters written by researchers that know well your previous activities, though these letters are not mandatory.

In order for the contract to start on October 1st, applications should be received by July 20th.

5 juillet 2016