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Research Engineer / Programmer Full-time

Published at 2012-12-10 - Viewed: 4788 times - Birkbeck, University of London (Worldwide/Remote)

Project: iTalk2Learn (
Position: Research Engineer
Department: London Knowledge Lab, Dept. Computer Science, Birkbeck, University of London
Location: London Knowledge Lab (
Position Status: 24 month contract, extensible
Salary: 33,000€-42,000€, including pension fund and health insurance, commensurate with skills and experience

Application Closing Date: Dec 19th, 2012

Interview Dates: second week of January 2013
Starting date: as soon as possible in 2013


The iTalk2Learn project aims at developing a platform that will support
young learners (5-11 years old) mathematics. The project combines
artificial intelligence, voice recognition, and innovative pedagogy. A
crucial element of the system is the platform that will integrate the
different intelligent components and the learning content from
different sources (and based on different technologies).

We are looking for a talented and motivated research engineer to have
primary responsibility for the development of this integration
platform, being responsible of designing and implementing the
platform, and of interacting with other projects partners to ensure a
smooth integration of all components and the different types of
learning content. The work will involve close collaboration with a
dynamic, world-class research team under the leadership of Dr Sergio
Gutierrez-Santos and Prof. Alexandra Poulovassilis.

Required skills/qualifications

- Solid background in Computer Science – Excellent programming skills (e.g. Java, Python, Ruby, Scala, …) – Good communication skills in English (written and spoken) – Willingness to travel conferences and project meetings – Good learning and adaptation capabilities

Desirable Skills / Experience

- Demonstrable programming experience (e.g. projects on SourceForge,
Google Code, or GitHub) – Experience with web frameworks (Django, Ruby on Rails, GWT, …) – Experience in development of mobile apps – Experience in development of web applications, especially Flash/ActionScript – Knowledge or experience on Artificial Intelligence – Maybe a PhD in Computer Science, AI, or HCI, or willingness to do a
PhD in those fields – Good presentation skills – Experience working in international / multicultural environments

Environment and Location

Birkbeck is a world-class institution (founded in 1823), a vibrant
centre of academic engagement and excellence. The
Department of Computer Science at Birkbeck is one the first in the
world and has a long-established international reputation.

The London Knowledge Lab (LKL) was set up in 2004 to respond to the
many challenges we face in understanding the changing relationships
between learning, knowledge, and digital technologies; and aims at
designing systems that will have a lasting impact on how people learn,
work and communicate. Our motto is “exploring the future of learning
with digital technologies”.

How to apply

Applications are submitted through the BBK website

Informal enquiries can be sent by email to Dr. Sergio Gutierrez-Santos

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