Netherlands: PhD Candidate at CELSTEC at Open Universiteit

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Job description

The candidate conducts a PhD research project about “Mobile Seamless Learning Support in Mixed Realities”.

The project is focusing on the research and development of mobile applications and seamless learning applications based on the ARLearn platform. The work will be related to the development a mobile personal inquiry manager, context aware notification system and a mobile data collection system. The candidate will conceptualize and develop prototypes of applications and evaluate the learning effects empirically. Evaluation studies should be conducted in laboratory and real world situations. The candidate will work in the CELSTEC Learning Laboratories in an interdisciplinary group and environment which is highly oriented towards innovation and new practices in education and learning.


To be appointed, the candidate must possess a Master’s degree (or the equivalent thereof) in a relevant academic subject area such as computer science, media design, educational sciences, psychology or linguistics. Solid mobile software development skills, Android and/or iPhone SDK (or cross platform development), and solid software engineering background is required. Specific knowledge with web development including technologies like HTTP/REST, CSS, XML, JSON and GWT are a plus. Basic methodological knowledge in experimental planning, applied statistics, and evaluation methods is required. Educational Science background and experiences with mobile application development for knowledge management or learning support is appreciated. The candidate should be a teamplayer with good communication skills. English language skills are required, proficiency in Dutch and/or French are a plus.

Conditions of employment

The PHD candidate will be appointed for a period of one year. The appointment will be extended to four years when progress and performance are good. The salary is € 2.083,- gross per month in the first year and is expected to increase to € 2.664,- in the fourth year, for a full time appointment, contingent on satisfactory performance. The Open University provides good secondary benefits such as training, mobility, part-time employment and paid parental leave. The mobile media group at CELSTEC offers very flexible working models and an innovative environment that supports cooperation at a distance.

Contract type: Temporary, position for 4 years.


Open Universiteit

The Open Universiteit is a leader in the application of new learning technologies and educational concepts, both in its own right and through collaboration with partners. A key concept is competency-based lifelong learning in a virtual learning environment, which is flexible, personalised and of high quality. The Open University has 26.000 students and about 750 employees. The main campus is in Heerlen. Spread over the Netherlands there are 13 study centres and 3 support centres. There are also 6 study centres in Flanders.


The Centre for Learning Sciences and Technologies (CELSTEC)

The Centre for Learning Sciences and Technologies (CELSTEC) is a Centre of Excellence in the fields of Learning Sciences and Technology Enhanced Learning. CELSTEC aims to research, develop and provide sustainable and evidence-based solutions for the advancement of learning at work, at school, at home and on the move. This is accomplished by combining state-of-the-art research in the Learning Sciences with the innovative powers of new media, mobile devices and the Internet. New solutions are extensively tested in our laboratories and in real practice, following the principles of open innovation. CELSTEC has got four programs: LEARNING & COGNITION, LEARNING NETWORKS, and LEARNING MEDIA. It also runs a SCHOOL OF EDUCATION. In 2008 CELSTEC’s research programmes received the highest average score of all educational research programmes in the Netherlands. It has about 100 fte of staff. The institute gained worldwide recognition as a successful centre for research and innovation in the field. The history of the institute goes back to the early 1980’s.

Additional information

For more information about this vacancy you can contact: prof. dr. Marcus Specht, hoogleraar, tel.: +31 455762806, e-mail:

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