Job advert: Research Assistant for Problem Solving Project

The following advert, for a research assistant for the Problem Solving project we are supporting at Coventry, closes 29/09/2011.

Under the Mathematical Sciences HE Curriculum Innovation Fund, the National HE STEM Programme has funded an 8-month project to promote the important role of problem-solving in UK mathematics degrees. The Principal Investigator (PI), Trevor Hawkes (Coventry University), and the project partners are seeking a full-time Research Assistant (RA) to carry out key aspects of the Project’s aims:

– to champion the value that problem-solving contributes to students’ mathematical development, to their enjoyment of mathematics, and to their academic success.

– to research successful problem-solving practice in HE mathematics departments, to carry out case studies, and to disseminate examples of good practice.

– to make it easier for students to gain problem-solving experience and for lecturers to incorporate problem-solving meaningfully in their teaching and assessment.

Applicants should have a good mathematics degree, excellent IT and communication skills, good organisational abilities, and an analytical approach to knowledge; they should also demonstrate an enthusiasm for, and experience in, mathematics education and, in particular, the application of problem-solving. Evidence of the ability to write well, to carry out interviews, and to use time effectively will be valued.

The post is full-time for 8 months and will be held at Coventry University.

Salary £23,661 – £31,800 per annum

For an informal discussion about this post please contact Trevor Hawkes , Associate Director on 024 7688 8599 or by email to

Provisional interview date: Thursday, 13th October 2011

Details of how to apply, the job description and person specification are available from the Coventry University website Job Profile.


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