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Deadline : 22nd of March 2024

Title of research project:

DataSETUP: Promoting Data Science Education for Teacher Education at the University level

Organisation Unit (Faculty/School/Office, etc): European University Cyprus, Department of Education Sciences

Duration of appointment:  30 months

Job Title:   Researcher (part time)

EUC Representative:  Professor Maria Meletiou-Mavrotheris

Date:  6 March 2024


The project is co-funded with the support of the European Union through the ERASMUS+ KA2 Cooperation Partnerships in Higher Education program. Its principal aim is to advance Data Science literacy in educational settings by augmenting the professional proficiency of student teachers in the domain of Data Science Education. To accomplish this aim, the project will direct attention towards the integration of Data Science into teacher education curricula at the university level across various disciplines. DataSETUP will establish a robust scientific framework for Data Science teacher education that will guide the development of educational material and teaching modules. It will implement and evaluate these modules using the Design-Based Research approach, and develop assessment tools accordingly. An online learning platform will facilitate networking activities, support the refinement of modules, and aid in the dissemination of educational materials..

Overall Purpose of the Job:

Researcher: The contract will have a duration of 30 months. The researcher will have an active role in all Work Packages assisting the EUC project team, coordinated by Prof. Maria Meletiou-Mavrotheris, to develop and organize the following:

  • Contribute to the development of a new theoretical framework and competency model describing the knowledge base required for understanding Data Science within the context of STEAM education.
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of different modules for teacher educators at university level to develop pre-service teachers’ knowledge related to Data Science Education at school level.
  • Participate in research activities aimed at exploring how the developed modules on Data Science Education are adapted and enacted in the different national settings, and evaluate their impact on students’ teachers’ professional knowledge related to Data Science.
  • Contribute to the preparation of project reports and other requested material for the submission to the funding agency as required.
  • Undertake duties which contribute to the completion of the project’s activities and outputs.
  • Participate if required in the organization of events (consortium meetings, training courses, etc.).
  • Contribute to the organization of or attending project meetings (in person or virtually) when required, locally and with the wider team.
  • Present research progress and outcomes at appropriate conferences, seminars, workshops, and other dissemination venues.
  • Contribute to the drafting and submission of papers to appropriate conference proceedings, and peer reviewed journals.
  • Carry out any other duties deemed necessary within the scope, spirit and purpose of the project.

Required Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in Mathematics/Statistics Education
  • At least 10 years of teaching experience in primary or secondary schools in Cyprus
  • Previous experience in the implementation of EU funded projects
  • Previous experience in pre-service or in-service teacher training in the field of statistics education and/or data science education
  • Scientific publications in the field of ICT-enhanced teaching and learning, statistics education, and/or data science education
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills
  • Experience in research design and research ethics procedures
  • Experience in quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Experience in project management and implementation
  • Extensive IT skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work with colleagues at all levels
  • Excellent written and spoken English and Greek
  • Team working abilities

The successful candidate will work closely with Prof Maria Meletiou-Mavrotheris, who will be directly responsible for the day-to-day management leads and will ensure that all the WP activities and expected results are met on time and to target.

This is an exciting opportunity to work in an EU funded project in a thriving research environment.

Please submit your CV and cover letter to [email protected] by the 22nd of March 2024.

European University Cyprus is a holder of the ‘HR Excellence in Research’ award of the European Commission.