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University of Cambridge needs DEFI Research Associate 1

Digital Education Futures Initiative (DEFI)  University of Cambridge the Bridge, Hughes Hall, CB1 2EW DEFI Research Associate

Sheffield Hallam University: 1 Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Quantity Surveying (Specialising in Measurement)

Reporting to

DEFI Director – Professor Rupert Wegerif

Contract Type

From September 2021 – March 2024 (in the first instance)

Probation Period

6 months


University of Cambridge   0.4 FTE Spine point 39-45 (£12,377 – £14,766 (i.e., Grade 7 on the University of Cambridge Salary Scale [equivalent to £30,942 – £36,914 FTE], pro rata for part-time at 0.4FTE).

N.B. There may be potential to increase contracted hours depending on the success of (e.g.) future funding proposals.

Hours of Work

15 hours per week Monday to Friday. Your times of work would be agreed between you and the Director of DEFI. Flexible working arrangements including a blended approach of onsite and remote working will be available.

Annual Leave

Annual paid leave of 25 days plus public holidays.  Pro rata for part time members of staff.

Pension Eligibility

The College offers membership of a contributory pension scheme. Subject to your age and earnings level, you may be eligible for auto-enrolment into the scheme and you have the right to opt out at any time. USS pension scheme membership is also a possibility.

Main Duties and key responsibilities

University of Cambridge The appointed researcher will work closely with Professor Rupert Wegerif and other colleagues to develop DEFI’s research activities. They will have a strong interest in digital technology’s role in the future of education and in advancing the aims of DEFI (see A key part of the work will involve pro-actively seeking funded research opportunities, writing high-impact research articles and reports (e.g., for policymakers), leading a portfolio of research initiatives, and working with colleagues to animate a research community which is both local and international.

This role is central to the aims of DEFI. The post-holder will have a background in digital education and experience managing and leading a range of research projects and initiatives.

Further information is available at:

University of Cambridge Person Specification


  • A PhD in Educational technology, education, technology, or a cognate area;
  • Managing projects involving a number of stakeholders and/or team members;
  • Experience of managing own workload;
  • Experience of undertaking rigorous research in educational settings;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to liaise with a range of education stakeholders;
  • A developing track record of academic publications and/or reports;
  • Excellent attention to detail, organisational skills, oral and written presentation skills;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.


  • Experience in cutting edge technology including VR, AR, AI and its potential for use in education;
  • Previous postdoctoral research experience (including supervising and overseeing the work of others);
  • Evidence of successful bidding for significant research funding;
  • Demonstrable potential to be a research leader who seeks high standards and performance from self and team;
  • Flexibility concerning working hours.

Further details about the post, selection criteria and application process can be found here

The application deadline is 12 midday (GMT) Friday 1st October.


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