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PhD student in Programming and Computational Thinking Education

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26 november 2019
14 januari 2020

Nog 29 dagen om te solliciteren

The Faculty of Science and LIACS is looking for a

PhD student in Programming and Computational Thinking Education

Project description
The Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Center for Education and Learning (CEL) is looking for a PhD student to work on supporting programming and computational thinking (CT) education. CEL is an inter university and interdisciplinary research centre as well as an innovation and training platform focusing on university teaching and learning. Our three universities want to offer the best education and learning experience to all students, on campus and online. The CEL aims to discover what makes university learning and teaching work and how it can be innovated and improved.

This position will be in Leiden, but executed in close cooperation with the other two CEL partners. Your research will center around how to teach programming and computational thinking to a wide variety of university students, and will include these subtopics:

  • Assessment and feedback on computational thinking skills;
  • Development of portfolios for digital skills and corresponding rubrics;
  • Development of CT skills with different forms of educational media.

Key responsibilities

  • Conduct original and novel research in the field of programming and digital skills education;
  • Publish scientific articles in international journals and conferences;
  • Support education at LIACS or other CEL institutes;
  • Write a dissertation.

Selection criteria

  • A MSc or PhD degree in Computer Science, Statistics, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, or a related field;
  • Good knowledge of and interest in data mining, machine learning, and statistics;
  • Interest in (and preferably experience with) teaching programming and other digital skills;
  • Creative thinking and highly motivated to do foundational data mining research;
  • Good programming skills;
  • Excellent proficiency in English.

Our organisation
The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. Our people are committed to expand fundamental knowledge by curiosity and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to make a contribution to addressing the major societal challenges of the future.

The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organised in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor’s and twelve master’s programmes. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 1,300 staff and almost 4,000 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together.

Terms and conditions 
We offer a full-time temporary position for initially one year. After a positive evaluation of the progress of the thesis, personal capabilities and compatibility the appointment will be extended by a further three years. Salary range from €2,325.- to €2,975.- gross per month (pay scale P in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at Job application procedure and employment conditions.

All our PhD students are embedded in the Leiden University Graduate School of Science. Our graduate school offers several PhD training courses at three levels: professional courses, skills training and personal effectiveness. In addition, advanced courses to deepen scientific knowledge are offered by the research school.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Enquiries can be made to Felienne Hermans, email f.f.j.hermans@liacs.leidenuniv.nl.

To apply for this vacancy, please send an email to Felienne Hermans, email f.f.j.hermans@liacs.leidenuniv.nl. Please ensure that you attach the following additional documents quoting the vacancy number:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV);
  • Motivation letter;
  • MSc degree and grade list;
  • (Draft of) MSc thesis.

Only applications received no later than 14 January 2020 can be considered.

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