ORGANISATION/COMPANYSellSTEM H2020 MSCA-ITN-ETN Project c/o Technological University Dublin
RESEARCH FIELDEducational sciencesEngineeringInformation scienceLanguage sciencesMathematicsPsychological sciencesSociologyTechnology
RESEARCHER PROFILEFirst Stage Researcher (R1)
APPLICATION DEADLINE28/03/2021 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
LOCATIONMultiple locations, see work locations below.
TYPE OF CONTRACTTemporary
HOURS PER WEEK35 - 40
OFFER STARTING DATE01/09/2021
EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMMEH2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER956124
The Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network SellSTEM (Spatially Enhanced Learning Linked to Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) invites applications for 15 early-stage researcher (ESR)/PhD positions. The duration of the appointment is 36 months with a full-time employment contract.
SellSTEM is an international research and training network whose aim is to find new ways to raise the spatial ability levels of boys and especially girls across Europe so they are better prepared for the cognitive demands of STEM education. Through three work packages, SellSTEM ESRS will collect spatial ability data from children in Europe, measure their relation to academic performance and career choice and analyse interaction by gender, region and socioeconomic status. ESRs will create ways to develop spatial ability among children through online learning, tactile activities, integrated with other subjects and through project-based learning including maker space workshop. ESRs will work with teachers and teacher educators to identify barriers and enablers to developing spatial ability so they can provide sustainable classroom solutions to increase the spatial ability of children beyond existing levels. Education policy and curriculum design will be critiqued against latest research on cognitive development. Improved policies and curricula will be produced along with strategies to change teacher education and teaching practice. Guides for teachers to assessing spatial ability and classroom teaching activities for different age groups will be developed so teachers can assess and promote growth in spatial ability especially among girls.
SellSTEM ESRs will produce new knowledge and methods to promote spatial development, increase STEM enrolment and reduce gender imbalance and help to open up an important research topic in Europe. In this way, SellSTEM will directly support the EU agenda for growth and jobs both now and into the future. SellSTEM ESRs will be at the forefront of this exciting new venture.
List of available positions:
- ESR01 (Germany, Unversity of Regensburg): Spatial ability development in the preschool years and its relation to affective and academic measures in STEM learning
- ESR02 (Germany, University of Koblenz-Landau): Spatial ability development during primary school and its relation to affective and academic measures in STEM learning
- ESR03 (Norway, NTNU): Nature or nurture: which factors of spatial ability are most sensitive to development through focused instruction?
- ESR04 (United Kingdom, Bangor University): Examining language as a medium of representation in relation to STEM learning tasks and spatial ability.
- ESR05 (Ireland, TU Dublin): Project Space and Shape: A European study of the influence of spatial ability on attraction towards and performance in STEM learning
- ESR06 (Austria, University of Salzburg): Structured online learning and training for primary school children to promote spatial ability development
- ESR07 (Netherlands, Leiden University): Spatial ability, working memory and STEM learning
- ESR08 (Netherlands, TU Delft): Exploring the potential for enhancing spatial ability through spatially challenging STEAM project work in the zone of proximal development & formative assessment
- ESR09 (Austria, University of Salzburg): Development and Evaluation of learning material for the structured model of the eight basic routines of visual perception and spatial ability
- ESR 10 (Ireland, TU Dublin): STEM outreach or STEM outcast? How to adapt STEM outreach based on gender and spatial ability level so it is a positive experience for all.
- ESR 11(Ireland, TU Dublin): Barriers and enablers to raising spatial ability of primary school children beyond existing levels: A study of teaching practice in Europe
- ESR 12 (Sweden, KTH): An analysis of how national and European policies for primary school education are aligned with current research on spatial skills development to support STEM learning
- ESR 13 (Netherlands, TU Delft): An examination of the potential of formative assessment in STEAM projects to promote spatial ability development
- ESR 14 (Latvia, University of Latvia): Improving spatial ability development in the primary school classroom by changing teaching practice
- ESR 15 (Ireland, TU Dublin): The craft of coaching in maker space: how to coach children from low to high spatial ability through maker education
- Search Euraxess for SellSTEM ESR01 through to ESR15 or visit sellstem.eu for details on each position
- You will receive a very attractive salary (click here for a definition of MSCA ITN allowances), a contract of employment for 36 months and will be registered as a PhD student
- You will be enrolled on the SellSTEM Training Programme delivered by professional trainers, academic leaders, non-academic specialists and international experts in this area
- You will join an international, intersectoral and multi-disciplinary team, exposed to a wide range of disciplines from engineering to teaching and psychology
- You will have a supervisory team and be hosted on secondment with a non-academic partner or at another university
- You will be prepared for a lifelong career in several roles spread across academic and non-academic sectors
- According to the MSCA mobility rule, candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. (Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account). SellSTEM ESR positions are spread across 8 countries so candidates must bear this rule in mind when selecting the position they wish to apply for.
- According to the MSCA length of research career, candidates must have completed less than four years of full-time equivalent research experience and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. (The length of research career is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is or was ever envisaged. Time spent in roles that are not research related does not count towards the four years.)
- Candidates must be either a native English speaker or, if not, have achieved an IELTS test score of at least 6.5 (with at least 6 in all components) or a similar score in an equivalent test. Proficiency in another language is required for some ESR positions.
- Either a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a particular discipline area with both discipline and qualification level varying for each ESR position, search Euraxess for SellSTEM ESR01 through to ESR15 or visit sellstem.eu for details on each position.
Apply using the online form on sellstem.eu before the closing date. Applications will be checked for eligibility and shortlisted according to the essential and desirable criteria. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview. The recruitment process will follow the European Charter & Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.
REQUIRED LANGUAGESENGLISH: Excellent
EURAXESS offer ID: 602211
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