22/10/2019
The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers

An employee interested in scientific computing for online learning project

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Aalto University
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Computer scienceComputer architecture
    Computer scienceDatabase management
    Computer scienceInformatics
    Computer scienceOther
    Computer scienceProgramming
    Educational sciencesEducation
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    06/11/2019 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Finland › Espoo
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    38

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland.

Aalto University School of Science is now looking for

AN EMPLOYEE INTERESTED IN SCIENTIFIC COMPUTING FOR ONLINE LEARNING PROJECT

Are you passionate about research and scientific computing, but feel that universities should do more to bridge the academic theory and real-world practice? At the School of Science, we are now looking for a person to join us in developing an online course in scientific computing to fill this gap.

“Hands on Scientific Computing” is an online course targeted to computational researchers who use programming in their work, but have not had formal software development training. These people may be making the transition between, or operating at the boundary of, academic theory and research practice: students beginning independent work and research, new researchers, and experienced researchers. This is a fully open course, including during development, and shared among partners in the Nordics.  Development can be followed at https://github.com/coderefinery/handsonscicomp. The purpose is not necessarily to make new material, but to link to and organize the best material available. We’ll then create any material needed to fill in the gaps.

Your role

The role depends on your skills, knowhow, and desires, but you will be joining a team to work on the course described above. You can be either a student assisting in development or a more experienced person leading the initiative. You do not need to be an expert in the course topics already, because the best teacher knows the experience of learning. The job can be either part-time or full-time, depending on your role. It is fixed-term for a period of at most 18 months, depending on the role and the fraction of working time. We wish you to be able to start as soon as possible.

Your tasks include:

-          Joint development of the course “Hands-on scientific computing” via

-          … finding, evaluating, and organizing the best online material currently available

-          … filling in any gaps with custom-made material.

-          … producing exercises to test students’ knowledge to lead to credits

-          … evaluating Aalto learning platforms for suitability (MyCourses, Aplus, etc.).

-          Formulating policy on exercises, credits, and grading in accordance with Aalto policy

-          Integrating the course with Aalto University undergraduate education, researcher training, and professional development.

In addition, depending on your skills and desires, your tasks can include:

-          Teaching and mentoring to students and researchers

-          Service development of Science-IT (scientific computing infrastructure) services taking into account the difficulties of learners

-          Administration of a full-fledged online course

You will most closely work with the Science-IT team for day-to-day work. Within Aalto, there will also be collaborations with the Learning Services, Aalto Online Learning, various study programs. International collaboration will be with the CodeRefinery project and others.

Why join us?

This job is ideal for someone who cares about the tools actually needed in effective scientific computing. You will gain a deep understanding of what goes into supporting research, while not being a researcher yourself. You will also have a great opportunity to learn, for example, all sorts of tips and tricks related to scientific computing, as well as managing a public open-source project and developing documents for Open-source Sphinx (http://www.sphinx-doc.org/en/stable/).

In addition, we offer a good working environment with a passionate, knowledgeable team, and flexible working hours.

Your experience and ambitions

In order to be successful in this role, the qualities we consider important are:

-          Some understanding of and experience in scientific computing is an advantage. We encourage a wide variety of applicants to apply for this position; if one has an interest in computational science and research one can be successful in this position.  One should have a desire to improve their own knowledge, regardless of their existing knowhow.

-          Passion about education and teaching

-          Any experience in research or computing work is useful

-          Interest in online learning and producing videos and course material is considered a plus but can be learned

-          Any experience in open-source development is considered a plus but can be learned

-          Ability to take initiative and work independently

-          Good collaboration and organizing skills

-          Fluency in English language, skills in Finnish are slightly beneficial

-          A Bachelor or a Master’s degree student status, or a relevant university / university of applied sciences degree

Ready to apply?

If you want to join our team, please submit your application through our recruitment system by using the link on Aalto University’s web page ("Apply now!”) by 6 November 2019. Please attach a motivation letter and your CV (in English).

If you wish to hear more about the position, you can reach out to the head of the project, Staff Scientist Richard Darst (firstname.familyname@aalto.fi).

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Required Research Experiences

  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Computer science
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    None
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Computer science
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    None
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Computer science
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    None
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Computer science
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    None
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Computer science
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    None
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Educational sciences
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    None
Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Aalto University
Finland
Espoo
02150
Lämpömiehenkuja 2

EURAXESS offer ID: 456748
Posting organisation offer ID: 135722

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