DCU IoE Research Scholarships & Opportunities

PhD opportunity in Science Education - DCU Institute of Education (SEIGS) / CASTeL - deadline for application documentation 5pm Friday 2nd September 2022

School of STEM Education Innovation and Global Studies / Centre for the Advancement of STEM Education Teaching and Learning (CASTeL)

Dublin City University (www.dcu.ie) is a research-intensive, globally-engaged, dynamic institution that is distinguished by both the quality and impact of its graduates and its focus on the translation of knowledge into societal and economic benefit.

The Institute of Education at Dublin City University represents the largest body of educational expertise and is the only Faculty of Education in Ireland. The Institute delivers programmes in education and training, early childhood education and teacher education, providing graduates with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to excel in a variety of educational contexts such as preschools, schools, vocational, adult and community settings.  

The School of STEM Education, Innovation and Global Studies (SEIGS) in the Institute of Education contributes to a diverse range of taught and research programmes in STEM education. The School of SEIGS provides and encourages opportunities for students to adopt a global and social perspective on STEM issues related to their studies. SEIGS works collaboratively with schools, the further education and training sector, communities, industry and other stakeholders to affect societal change. It promotes leadership, innovation and creativity. At the heart of SEIGS' endeavours is a commitment to excellence in teaching, learning and research, creating a positive and supportive educational environment for staff and students alike.

CASTeL is Ireland’s largest research centre in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education.  CASTeL’s mission is to support the development of STEM learners from an early age, and so enhance the scientific, mathematical and technological capacity of Irish society.  For over two decades, CASTeL has made significant contributions in the field of STEM education both national and internationally.  Through evidence-based research, CASTeL is leading and advising on the development of innovative and effective curricula, teaching and learning in STEM education across the continuum from early childhood to postgraduate level.

We now have an opportunity for a three year fully-funded PhD Scholarship in the area of Science Education. Under the supervision of Dr. Cliona Murphy and Dr. Margaret Leahy, the successful candidate will be part of a research team that is investigating innovative approaches in science education to enhance effective teaching and learning about Climate Change and Energy in primary and post-primary classrooms in Ireland and Europe.  As part of this research team, the candidate will be researching and developing educational resources to support teaching and learning, and will be part of the design team that will be developing, implementing and assessing the impact of a European professional learning programme for teachers.  

As part of the doctoral process, the successful candidate will be expected to engage in professional development courses as required by DCU’s doctoral regulations and to contribute to STEM education research through the writing of research reports/academic papers and presentations at conferences in Ireland and abroad.

Scholarship

An annual package of up to €28,500 per annum for a maximum of three years comprises:

  • Tax-exempt stipend of €22,000 per annum
  • Fee contribution of up to €5,500 per annum
  • Research expense funding of €1,000 per annum to facilitate travel to conferences and purchase of research materials - to be managed through DCU supervisor/nominee

Criteria

Applicants should have:

  1. at least a 2.1 honours’ Bachelor of Education or Bachelor of Science Education degree;
  2. a Master's degree in science education, STEM education or a related field;
  3. a good understanding of current issues in science education;
  4. the ability to conceptualise and undertake research projects pertinent to science education;
  5. high level competence in written and oral communication in English;
  6. the interpersonal skills necessary for productive collaborations;
  7. the ability to take the initiative and to work independently to meet demanding research goals.

It should be noted that the award is contingent on the applicant meeting all of the requirements for admission to doctoral studies at DCU ( https://www.dcu.ie/instituteofeducation/phdmasters-research-application) and, following the initial selection process, developing a detailed research proposal in consultation with Dr. Murphy and Dr Leahy, and having this approved at Faculty level.

The successful candidate will be engaged full-time in their research and will be based at St Patrick’s Campus, DCU.

To Apply: 

Please email the following documents as a single pdf to ioe.seigs@dcu.ie

  • Cover letter
  • Full Curriculum Vitae (including the names of two academic references)
  • Statement indicating how you meet each of the criteria 2-7 above (write about 250 words in respect of each)
  • A certified colour-copy of your degree certificate or transcript relevant to each qualification  

Closing date for receipt of application documentation is 5pm (Irish time) on Friday 2nd of September 2022.   

All shortlisted applicants will be interviewed.

Informal enquiries should be directed to:

Dr. Cliona Murphy, director CASTeL:  Cliona.murphy@dcu.ie

Dr. Margaret Leahy, Head of SEIGS:  Margaret.Leahy@dcu.ie

Qualifications/eligibility may not be verified by Dublin City University until the final stage of the process. Therefore, those candidates who do not possess the eligibility requirements, and proceed with their application, are putting themselves to unnecessary effort/expense and will not be offered a position from this campaign. An invitation to interview or any element of the selection process is not acceptance of eligibility.


PhD opportunity in Early Years STEM Education - DCU Institute of Education - deadline for application documentation 5pm Friday 2nd September 2022

Naughton Chair in Early Years/Primary STEM Education DCU Institute of Education

The Naughton Chair was established at DCU to be responsive to research and development opportunities in Early Years and Primary Level STEM Education both nationally and internationally. As part of the work linked to the Chair, DCU Institute of Education now offers a three year fully-funded PhD Scholarship in the area of Early Years STEM Education. Under the supervision of Prof Hamsa Venkat and Dr. Geraldine French, the successful candidate is expected to have prior teaching and teacher development experience linked to STEM Education in the Early Years, and a strong educational background in Early Years STEM Education/STEM disciplines. This includes an undergraduate Education degree and a robust Master's degree in Education, ideally including a research project linked to STEM Education. A strong understanding of current issues in the context of Irish Early Years Education would also be expected. During the course of the PhD study, the successful candidate will be involved with supporting research linked to the Naughton Chair, alongside working on their own PhD study.

Dublin City University (www.dcu.ie) is a research-intensive, globally-engaged, dynamic institution that is distinguished by both the quality and impact of its graduates and its focus on the translation of knowledge into societal and economic benefit.

The Institute of Education at Dublin City University represents the largest body of educational expertise and is the only Faculty of Education in Ireland. The Institute delivers programmes in education and training, early childhood education and teacher education, providing graduates with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to excel in a variety of educational contexts such as preschools, schools, vocational, adult and community settings.

The Institute includes two Schools with work linked to the focus of this PhD scholarship: the School of STEM Education, Innovation and Global Studies (SEIGS) and the School of Language, Literacy and Early Childhood Education (LLECE). Both Schools within the Institute encourage opportunities for students to adopt a global and social perspective on STEM issues related to their studies, and work collaboratively with schools, the further education and training sector, communities, industry and other stakeholders to affect societal change. Across the Faculty, there is a commitment to excellence in teaching, learning and research, creating a positive and supportive educational environment for staff and students alike.

As part of the doctoral process, the successful candidate will be expected to engage in professional development courses as required by DCU's doctoral regulations and to contribute to STEM education research through the writing of research reports/academic papers and presentations at conferences in Ireland and abroad.

Scholarship Details

The successful scholar will enjoy a range of supports within the University and the Faculty, including Graduate Training Elements/Modules as well as having the opportunity to interact with other research students and staff members. The scholar will also be mentored by members of their supervisory panel to develop their capacity to teach at third level, particularly in the context of teacher education. Opportunities to lecture on STEM and related fields will also be afforded.

Scholarship

An annual package of up to €30,500 per annum for a maximum of three years comprises:

  • Tax-exempt stipend of €24,000 per annum
  • Fee contribution of up to €5,500 per annum o Research expense funding of €1,000 per annum to facilitate travel to conferences and purchase of research materials - to be managed through DCUsupervisor/nominee

Criteria

Applicants should have:

  • a strong undergraduate degree in Education
  • a robust Master's degree in Education, ideally with an Early Years STEM Education component
  • an excellent understanding of current issues in Early Years education in Irish and international contexts
  • an enthusiasm for Early Years STEM education and Early Years teacher education and research in these fields
  • a high level of competence in written and oral communication through English
  • good interpersonal and collaborative skills

It should be noted that the award is contingent on the applicant meeting all of the requirements for admission to doctoral studies at DCU ( https://www.dcu.ie/instituteofeducation(phdmasters-researchapplication) and, following the initial selection process, developing a detailed research proposal in consultation with Prof Venkat and Dr. French, to be approved at Faculty level

The successful candidate will be engaged full-time in their research and will be based at St Patrick's Campus, DCU.

To Apply

Please email the following documents as a single pdf to ioe-research-office@dcu.ie, with Naughton Chair Early Years STEM Scholarship in the subject bar of the email:

  • Cover letter o Full Curriculum Vitae (including the names of two academic references) o A certified colour-copy of your degree certificate or transcript relevant to each qualification o Research proposal - please use Institute of Education Research Proposal Form available at the following link: https://www.dcu.ie/instituteofeducation/phdmasters-researchapplication

Closing date for receipt of application documentation is 5pm (Irish time) on Friday 2nd September 2022.

All shortlisted applicants will be interviewed.

Informal enquiries should be directed to:

Prof Hamsa Venkat, Naughton Chair, (SEIGS): hamsa.venkat@dcu.ie

Dr. Geraldine French, Head of School, (LLECE): geraldine.french@dcu.ie

NOTE: Qualifications/eligibility may not be verified by Dublin City University until the final stage of the process. Therefore, those candidates who do not possess the eligibility requirements, and proceed with their application, are putting themselves to unnecessary effort/expense and will not be offered a position from this campaign. An invitation to interview or any element of the selection process is not acceptance of eligibility.