workplace learning

Call for Expressions of Interest – Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

Call for expressions of interest for Marie Curie Individual Fellowship in “Implementation of Artificial Intelligence and Digitisation in workplaces in relation to the redesign of jobs and the creation of new job”

University College London, Institute of EducationDepartment of Education, Practice and Society

Location: London

Salary: basic salary £32,548.00 gross per annum (Grade 7, Spinal point 30), plus London allowance £3,031.00 per annum and top up allowance ranging from £8,750.00-£20,000.00 depending on pension contributions and dependants.

Hours: Full time

Contract type: Fixed term

Closing date for Expressions of Interest: 6 August 2018

Closing date for submission of applications: 12 September 2018

 

 The Fellowship

The Marie Sklodowka Curie Individual Fellowships (MCIF) are prestigious fellowships funded by the European Commission. They offer a generous allowance for 1-3 years including mobility, family and research allowance. Applicants can be from any country, must hold a PhD (or equivalent), and must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the MCIF deadline on 12 September 2018. The MSCA have a bottom-up approach, i.e. research fields and topics are chosen freely by the applicants.

 

Introduction

The Department of Education, Practice and Society (EPS) at the University College London (UCL) Institute of Education (IoE) welcomes expressions of interest from postdoctoral researchers with an excellent track record of research and publication to apply jointly with a supervisor from EPS/IoE to the European Commission Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship Scheme. Selected candidates will receive dedicated support from two or more IoE Professors as well as from EPS peer-review system to develop their proposal and application for submission to the European Commission by 12 September 2018.

The UCL/IoE lead professor is:

  • Professor David Guile, Professor of Education and Work and Head of Department of Education, Practice and Society

and, the co-supervisor is:

 

Research themes

Expressions of Interest that take the following issues as their starting point – the implementation of Artificial Intelligence and Digitisation in workplaces in relation to the redesign of jobs and the creation of new jobs – and are aligned with one of more of the following research themes are welcome:

  1. The impact of the implementation of Artificial Intelligence and Digitisation in workplaces on professional formation, including learning
  2. Practices and processes of workplace learning and skill development in emergent forms of digital work such as online labour platforms or gig work
  3. Policy and practice implications of digitisation and AI for vocational educational, higher education and learning throughout working life
  4. Skill development and skill matching in platform workplaces
  5. Practices and processes of worker self-organisation and networking for learning and skill development in platform labour

Candidates with a (interdisciplinary) background in, including but not limited to, Education, Sociology, Learning Sciences, Psychology, Communication Studies, Information Science, Business and Organisational Studies/Human Resource Development are welcome to apply.

 

How to express your interest

Expressions of interest should include:

  1. A copy of your CV (including a full list of your publications and research projects)
  2. A 2-3 page Research Proposal Summary, which includes details as to which research area(s) from the list above you are interested in
  3. A 1-2 page motivation letter identifying synergies with key research areas listed above

Please email your EoI pack as one single PDF file attachment, putting ‘MCIF Expression of Interest’ as your email subject to IOE.recruitment@ucl.ac.uk  by Monday 6 August 2018.  

Expressions of interest will be selected on the basis of the quality of the research idea and the candidate’s track record. Candidates will be invited to make a formal application with their EPS/IoE supervisors. Results will be announced on Monday 13thAugust.

Please note: UCL Research Finance require the successful proposal, with budget, to be submitted to them 5 days before the EU’s MCIF deadline 12thSeptember. This means the final version of the successful proposal will have to be submitted to Professor Guile and Professor Margaryan on Monday 3rdSeptember.

For further information please contact Professor David Guile ( d.guile@ucl.ac.uk ) or Professor Anoush Margaryan ( anoush.margaryan@gmail.com ).

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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 recruitment@gcu.ac.uk

  • GCU application form, which can be downloaded from www.gcu.ac.uk/jobs/vacancies/index.html
  • 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 www.gcu.ac.uk/jobs/vacancies/index.html  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