Research Assistant/Associate: Data Science in Online Education

University of Cambridge - Computer Laboratory

2 Posts

Research Assistant: £25,298-£29,301 or Research Associate: £29,301-£38,183

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 September 2018.

The University of Cambridge is looking to appoint one or two researchers to work in the emerging field of data science and online education. We have built our own innovative learning platform ( which provides a free educational learning environment for nearly 40,000 school pupils, and prepares them for entrance to competitive university courses in computer science, engineering, physics and related subjects.

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Candidates must have a strong computer science background in distributed systems and networking, and demonstrable experience as a programmer. Expertise in both the server-side and client-side aspects of web development is highly desirable. The ability to adapt and select appropriate software, languages and tools is more important than previous experience with specific examples. (For reference, we are currently working with AngularJS, Java with RestEasy, Maven, Git, Puppet and PostgreSQL.) Prior expertise in data science techniques, including statistics, machine learning and/or educational research is desirable but not essential. Previous experience managing or contributing to open source projects is an advantage.  Candidates will have the chance to define their own goals and objectives and pursue them independently or as part of a team as appropriate.

To be considered for appointment at the Research Associate level (£29,301 - £42,955), applicants will either hold a PhD or have significant relevant experience. Applicants who have recently obtained an undergraduate degree will be considered for a position on the Research Assistant scale (£25,298 - £33,943).  The position also includes membership of the USS career-average pension scheme, paid teaching opportunities, and the potential to undertake private consulting work.

The role is available immediately and informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Alastair Beresford ( at the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

A curriculum vitae (maximum two pages), a statement of the particular contribution you would like to make to the project (maximum 500 words) and a URL to a recent software project and a description of your contribution.  If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please quote reference NR10717 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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