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Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow in Educational Technology, Human-Computer

UCL - Interaction and User Studies Online Learning

Location: London
Salary: £35,965 to £52,701
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 14th January 2020
Closes: 11th February 2020
Job Ref: 1857365

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7. The salary range will be Grade 7 £35,965 to £43,470 per annum and  Grade 8 £44,674 to £52,701 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

We are looking for a researcher to work on a European project (X5Gon) that is concerned with developing online learning content and user modelling that provides users (teachers, learners) with a common learning experience. The project will deploy open technologies for recommendation, learning analytics and learning personalization services that will work across various open educational resource sites, independent of languages, modalities, scientific domains, and cultural contexts. The project has partners in the UK, France, Germany, Slovenia and Spain. The researcher will be based at UCL and focus on conducting research in human computer interaction (HCI).

The researcher will be based at UCL and focus on conducting ‘in the wild’ experiments of online learning systems that demonstrate the value of the technologies developed within the project that can provide feedback to both the technology development and overall design methodologies. The position requires running user studies, using a combination of qualitative and analytic methods for evaluating the online learning platform. This will include evaluating the personalization interfaces, the underlying learning analytics and the extent to which the platform delivers engaging and enjoyable learning experiences. A further focus is on assessing the performance and effectiveness of the online learning platform to support physical and virtual learning activities.

The post is funded until 30th August 2020.

A PhD in Computer Science or HCI is essential.  Candidates must have knowledge of research techniques and methodologies in user studies. The ability to conduct in the wild user studies, including collecting and analyzing both quantitative and qualitative data, is required. Experience or interest in online learning and AI techniques is desirable. A track record of publishing in top HCI, interaction design or AI and Ed conferences (e.g., CHI, CSCL) is desirable, alongside evidence of publishing in other high quality journals.

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button above.

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Prof. Yvonne Rogers ( or  Prof. John Shawe-Taylor (

Closing Date: 11 Feb 2020.

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: TBC

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