Research Assistant (Office of Education Research) [1306_OB]

  • The National Institute of Education (NIE) in collaboration with the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, invites suitable applications for the position of Research Assistant on an 18-month contract at the Office of Education Research (OER), Education and Cognitive Development Lab (ECDL).

    Project Title: Technology-based tools for teaching early literacy skills

    Project Introduction: The overall project objective is to investigate cognitive mechanisms related to learning early literacy skills, and to apply findings expressly to educational interventions for struggling learners.

    The project includes a multi-method approach through two studies:
    Study 1 uses a class of machine learning computational methods (neural networks) to examine models of learning sound-symbol correspondence for the deep orthography of English.

    Study 2 applies findings from Study 1 to the teaching of letter-sound correspondences using technology-based tools with primary-1 students in a Learning Support Program (LSP).

    This position involves programming the computational models for Study 1. The investigation includes running simulations with the models to simulate learning across different conditions, with varying input and model characteristics. Findings will contribute to our understanding of best methods for teaching early literacy skills to diverse learners. The study is headed by Dr Beth O’Brien (ECDL, NIE) and Dr Luca Onnis (LEAP lab, NTU).

  • Essential

    • A Bachelor’s degree or higher in Computer Science, Cognitive Science or related discipline
    • Excellent programming skills
    • Experience in modeling and simulation, and machine learning
    • Ability to work independently and as a team player
    • Excellent organizational skills, task-oriented, and attention to details and accuracy
    • Able to work within given deadlines

    • Prior experience with neural network modelling
    • Background and/or interest in Cognitive Science

    • Setting up, programming and testing computational models under the supervision of Co-Principal Investigators
    • Managing and maintaining research data
    • Assisting with preparation of data output from modeling
    • Assist in central research data backup and archiving operations and procedures
    • Run tests to ensure programs and computer systems are working properly 
    • Identify faults in programs and find solutions
    • Other tasks as assigned by the Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Investigators
  • Applicants should complete and submit the following item/s:

    • Application form for Research Positions
    • Cover letter explaining how you meet the requirements of this position
    • Supporting documents as stated on the job application form
    • Other documents to support your qualifications

    Please send your application to:
    Dr Beth O’Brien, PhD
    Senior Research Scientist
    Office of Education Research
    Education and Cognitive Development Lab
    National Institute of Education
    1 Nanyang Walk
    Singapore 637616
    Tel: (65) 6219 6252
    Fax: (65) 6316 4787 

    **We regret that only shortlisted applicants will be notified**

  • 4 July 2017
  • NIE staff can take chartered buses at their own expense from or near their homes to the NIE campus. This is subject to availability of seats.