SEN Research & Development Associate (Fixed Term) (EL1115)

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KSJ56832
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Hours per Week:
35
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Job description

The post has been created as a result of an exciting and innovative Knowledge Transfer Partnership (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/knowledge-transfer-partnerships-what-they-are-and-how-to-apply) between Seeper Limited (http://www.seeper.com/) and the School of Psychology in the College of Social Science at the University of Lincoln (www.lincoln.ac.uk).

Seeper Limited are a studio working at the intersection of art and technology. Seeper invents and adapts technology to create enchanting experiences. Our work can be found in cultural attractions, public spaces, schools, innovative advertising, architecture and world-class theme parks. Seeper provide design consultancy, build and install specialist technology, program interactive experiences and data visualisation.

Technological-based strategies show promise for mediating learning in people with autism and/or Special Educational Needs (SEN). Seeper has developed the immersionBOX, a powerful portable device, that transforms any room into an interactive, immersive space full of sensory wonder. This project aims to develop interactive play activities for supporting educators and therapists working with children with autism and/or SEN.

The KTP associate must be highly motivated and creative with excellent communication skills that appreciates working in an interdisciplinary dynamic environment and contributing own ideas to the project. She/he will be expected to assist in:

  • The overall management of the project.
  • The development and evaluation of immersionBOX play activities for facilitating learning and improving skills in executive functions, emotional processing, motor coordination and social interaction.
  • The development and delivering of training programmes to teachers and therapists.
  • The production of high quality publications.

Part of the role will be to liaise with commercial partners and develop commercial impact.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in educational psychology or in a relevant subject area or equivalent extensive experience. We are looking to recruit an associate who possesses a combination of excellent knowledge about the role of play in children’s learning and development in all domains (e.g., cognition, social communication) and skills in the design, testing and evaluation of play activities and/or technologies as educational strategies. Also, the associate will be expected to assist in the management of the project while operating with a substantial degree of autonomy. Experience in working with children on the autism spectrum and/or SEN will be desirable. Candidates are also encouraged to highlight any relevant industry experience.

The KTP Associate will be employed by the University of Lincoln for 14 months but he/she will be based at Seeper’s premises in London (N1 5AQ) and subject to its employment practices and conditions of work. The successful candidate will be supervised both by Seeper and the College of Social Science at the University of Lincoln.

Closing Date: 26 Feb 2017
Category: Administrative and Professional Support

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