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Research Associate/Fellow in AI for Computational Thinking Pedagogy

Imperial College London

Location: London
Salary: £45,593 to £53,630 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 1st December 2023
Closes: 19th January 2024
Job Ref: ENG02887
 

Location:  South Kensington Campus

Job Summary

The Department of Earth Science and Engineering is seeking a Research Associate/Fellow in AI for Computational Thinking Pedagogy. You will lead research into the use of artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning (ML) and the design of associated novel digital technologies to support training and skills development in the area of computational thinking (CT). This is an exciting opportunity to join an existing team and interact with a number of related activities and like-minded researchers across Imperial College London on the use of AI and novel digital tools to support modern pedagogy.

You will help to shape the research and development activities, and be given the opportunity to work at the state-of-the-art in large language models (LLMs), such as GPT 4.0, as well as at the leading edge of how the digital revolution can shape education.

You will be responsible for identifying and prioritising R&D opportunities and challenges based on consulting our community of academics, educationalists and students. Working with a full-time software engineer and a group of leading teachers and researchers, you will deliver and test prototype algorithms and tools to be deployed in our academic community and beyond.

There is an expectation for journal publications and conference attendance to result from this work, and we encourage those with long-term academic ambitions as well as a career in education or in education technology.

Duties and responsibilities

Will include: 

  • Specification of digital solutions to support computational thinking skills development in students with a range of backgrounds, with an emphasis on the use of AI.
  • In consultation with academic colleagues, and the EdTech teams of the Faculties of Engineering and Natural Science, to develop usage cases and a needs analysis that will help set priorities for the development of good working practice in computational thinking skills development.
  • Prepare and disseminate the Project’s work internally and externally, by publicising and participating in workshops, demonstrations, conference presentations, and journal publications. 

Essential requirements

  • Hold a PhD in either a numerate discipline (e.g. Mathematics, Engineering, Physics, Computing) or in Education (secondary, tertiary, further or higher) with a STEM focus, or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience
  • Proficiency in scientific computing
  • Knowledge of Large Language Models and their applications
  • Understanding of diversity and inclusion in higher education 

Further Information

This is a Full time, fixed term for up to 24 months

Should you require any further details on the role please contact: Professor Matthew Piggott – m.d.piggott@imperial.ac.uk

Closing date: 19th January 2024 

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