Senior Research Assistant: EU VITAL Project

Please find below details of a vacancy for a “Senior Research Assistant” on a new EU Erasmus+ project called VITAL which explores learning analytics in online language learning and teaching environments.

Applications for the position can be made online here: clicking on Vacancies.

Job title: Senior Research Assistant (EU Vital Project)

Application closing date


Location: Preston Campus/virtual/off-campus

Salary: F (£24,298 – £28,143)


Job description

The University of Central Lancashire wishes to recruit an individual to work as a Research Assistant for the EU-funded VITAL project which runs from October 2015 until the end of September 2017. The project involves four partners from Europe (including Belgium, Holland, and the UK) and focuses on the use of learning analytics to understand how language learners behave and learn successfully in online environments.

While UCLan’s contribution to the project is overseen by the Project Manager at our Preston campus, communication with the Research Assistant may take place online via video conference and other forms of digital communication and/or in Preston.

Under the direction and guidance of the project coordinator and project partners, the successful candidate will be primarily focussed on undertaking research tasks relevant to the project. This will include liaising with partners on report writing, dissemination activities, research activities and liaising with teams to create e-learning materials in Blackboard.

Candidates should be qualified to Post Graduate level in a relevant discipline which ideally, should be in language education with experience of designing computer-assisted learning in general and language education. Experience of working on research projects involving language learning or education is essential whilst experience of working on other EU funded projects would be an asset.

Duties will include providing advice, support and guidance to partners on the project and working on a number of work packages in a flexible fashion, as and when required by the project coordinator and consortium partners. The successful candidate should have good verbal and written communication skills and be experienced working in a multimedia environment.

Applicants need to meet all essential criteria on the person specification to be considered for interview. Interviews may be conducted via video conference or in person in Preston.

School/Service: School of Journalism, Language and Communication, University of Central Lancashire, UK. Hours: Part Time (Working 178 days over the duration of the contract). Basis: Fixed Term contract until 30/09/2017. Interview Date: To be Confirmed.

Further details of the VITAL project can be found here:—Visualisation-Tools-and-Analytics-to-monitor-Online-Language-Learning-ampamp-Teaching-%282015-2017%29.html