Isaac Physics Project Physicist at University Of Cambridge

University Of Cambridge is offering postdoc position. Citizens of any country are eligible to apply. The deadline for applying is September 14, 2018.

The Isaac Physics project is looking to recruit a Project Physicist (Research Associate) to become part of a team of approximately 15 people, focussed on targeting and developing the problem solving skills of UK based schools students (aged between 14 and 19 years of age) and their school teachers. This represents a challenge of targeting around 40% of UK based GCSE and A level students (or equivalent).

Isaac Physics is a national project, led by Dr Lisa Jardine-Wright and Prof. Mark Warner (see which aims to address weaknesses in the preparation of students taking Physics at University. The project’s resources and events are designed to provide students with an additional arena in which to develop the skills required to solve physics problems. This is a 900k per annum educational project funded by the Department for Education England (DfE) and run from the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge.

The project delivers through two main methods: Open Platform for Active Learning (OPAL) and a small network of part-time fellows situated in 8-10 universities across the UK. There are >130,000 registered users on the platform and 4,500 teachers using the Isaac Physics teacher features.

The role holder will work in close collaboration with the project’s director and will take responsibility for the online and printed materials, providing leadership and guidance to the senior content developer, organise and deliver online tutorials to meet with key performance indicator outcomes regarding engagement levels and undertake data analysis and educational research to investigate the impact of the Isaac Physics project.

Appointment at research associate is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience), including those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD (in which case appointment will initially be made at research assistant and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded). The research assistant salary (grade 5) falls within the range 25,728 – 29,799. The research associate (grade 7) salary falls within the range 31,604 – 38,833.

Successful applicants will ideally also have a strong background in Physics and Maths problem solving skills, experience in teaching Physics and/or Maths to school students and at university level and advanced IT skills including programming, data analysis and diagram and video construction.

The closing date for applications is 14th September 2018 and interviews will take place in the week beginning 24th September.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2020 in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the ‘Apply’ button below. This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Dr Lisa Jardine-Wright tel: 01223 337042, email:

Please quote reference KA16400 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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