Month: November 2013

Research Assistantship in self-regulated learning in the workplace

I am looking for a Research Assistant (postdoc) to work with me on a series of studies on self-regulated learning in the workplace.   The position is based in the Caledonian Academy in Glasgow. It is a full-time, fixed term post for 12 months (in the first instance). Below are the details of the post and information about how to apply.

Salary Grade/Scale: Grade 5, £25,504 – £29,541 (Points 24-29)
Closing Date: 31 January 2014

The Caledonian Academy, a research centre for technology-enhanced professional learning at Glasgow Caledonian University, UK, is seeking a researcher to collaborate on a series of studies of how professionals self-regulate their learning in the contemporary networked workplace in knowledge-intensive domains. Responsibilities will primarily involve conducting a meta-review of literature; collecting qualitative data in multinational companies and analysing these data; devising research grant proposals; and setting up and running a reading group on self-regulation of learning at work. The post-holder will work closely with the Principal Investigator Dr Anoush Margaryan.

The successful candidate should have a PhD (or equivalent) in Learning Sciences, with specialisation in self-regulated learning in the workplace.  Candidates with a background in Industrial or Educational Psychology, Organisational Learning or other human learning disciplines will be considered provided they can demonstrate a solid understanding of theories of adult learning in the workplace and strong interest in self-regulated learning theories.  A track record of peer-reviewed articles in impact-rated academic journals is essential. Applicants should have formal training in qualitative research methods and demonstrate excellent interviewing skills, including the skills necessary to recruit potential interviewees. Preference will be given to candidates who have training in and/or experience of ethnographic research methods. Ability to read, analytically synthesise and summarise large amount of literature quickly and competently is essential. The successful candidate should have excellent written and spoken English language skills; exceptional project management skills; be well-organised, self-regulated and able to work independently. The successful candidate will demonstrate ability to persuasively present their research to businesspeople and policy-makers as well as other researchers.  Candidates whose background is in topics other than self-regulated learning at work should be willing to align their research focus with our research programme.

This post is an exciting opportunity to participate in innovative, interdisciplinary research that seeks to break new ground both theoretically and methodologically. Although the post is initially for 12 months, there is possibility of extension through acquisition of external research grants.  We are a small, dynamic and prolific group.  We are non-hierarchical, approachable, and collegiate. Flexible hours and mobile working can be negotiated, on the basis that agreed project outputs are delivered on time and to high standard.

We have ongoing research and consultancy collaborations with a range of global multinational companies in the energy and finance sectors.  Our research has been supported by grants from funders including the European Commission, the Gates Foundation, UK Economic and Social Sciences Research Council (ESRC), UK Join Information Systems Committee (JISC), and the industry. This post will provide an opportunity to participate in writing research grant applications and networking with these and other funders.

The successful applicant will benefit from mentoring by the Principal Investigator. The Caledonian Academy runs regular research seminars and knowledge exchange sessions, which the successful candidate will be encouraged to participate in. There is also a wide range of professional development courses and workshops offered by the university. You will work in a modern research space, sharing an office with one or two other researchers.

Interviews for this post will be held in February or early March 2014. The position is expected to start shortly thereafter (date negotiable).

To apply for this position, please submit the following materials by 17:00 (UK time) on 31 January 2014 to

  • GCU application form, which can be downloaded from
  • Your CV, including publications list
  • Cover letter explaining why you are interested in this Assistantship and outlining your relevant qualifications and prior experiences. The essential and desirable criteria for this post are available from  In your cover letter, outline concrete evidence of how you fit each of the essential criteria, and the desirable criteria if applicable.  Applications that do not provide evidence for the essential criteria will not be considered.  Statements such as ‘see my CV’ will not be accepted as evidence.
  • One recent paper, which best represents your research, where you are the sole or the lead author, and which is published in a peer-reviewed international journal.
  • Names and contact email for two referees. One of these should be your doctoral supervisor