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Open PhD Fellowship: Learning design technology for inclusion



Open PhD Fellowship at the TIDE research group, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain

TIDE is a research group in an ICT department with a clear interdisciplinary vocation. TIDE offers a PhD fellowship position with the topic:

Learning design technology for inclusion 


The learning design field has produced computer tools to assist teachers in the creation of pedagogically-sound learning environments, for instance by providing patterns of good educational practices or by supporting sharing and co-creation within teaching communities. This project will advance the state of the art in this domain by researching how teachers should be supported when designing for learners’ inclusion in the digital era and how learners can be involved in co-design processes.

This project will be supervised by Prof. Davinia Hernández-Leo, a Full Professor that leads the Interactive and Distributed Technologies Group (TIDE) at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. TIDE has extensive research experience in learning design technologies (e.g., Collage, LdShake, ILDE, edCrumble) and are currently involved in educational technology and inclusion projects (BLENDI – Blended Learning for Inclusion, Schools4Inclusion – Whole School Approach for Inclusive Education).

The PhD research will be conducted in the frame the BLENDI and Schools4Inclussion projects. See abstracts of BLENDI and School4Inclusion in TIDE website,

The PhD position is offered to a highly motivated researcher, to join our team in interdisciplinary learning technologies research. The successful candidate should have an excellent undergraduate and master academic record. Candidates should have a strong desire to see technological work applied in solving impactful problems in the context of education. The successful candidate should also have the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Evidence of excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, good English command, and Spanish or/and Catalan language knowledge are desirable. Please contact Davinia Hernández-Leo at [email protected] for any question or further information needed.


- 3-year contract, possibility of 1-year extension.

-  Salary depends on the skills and experience that the candidate brings to the position. Medical insurance is included.

- Training in transversal skills.

- Participation in European projects, projects’ meetings, scientific conferences.   

- Participation in networking and outreach activities.


PhD program admission, see requirements at


Selection criteria

- Academic records and CV.

- Motivation letter.

- Recommendation letters (optional)

- Interview


How to apply and important dates

- Send your application (see selection criteria) to [email protected]

- Application deadline: May 20th, 2020

- Expected incorporation of candidates: September/October 2020.



The Department of Information and Communication Technologies (DTIC) of Universitat Pompeu Fabra covers a broad range of research topics: Computation and Intelligent Systems; Multimedia Technologies; Networks and Communications; Computational Biology and Biomedical Systems; and the Center of Brain and Cognition (CBC). This broad spectrum of topics reflects the current interdisciplinary reality of cutting edge research in ICT. DTIC is only one of the 2 university departments granted the research excellence seal Maria de Maeztu by the Spanish Ministry. Our Maria de Maeztu Strategic Research Program focuses on data-driven knowledge extraction.

The DTIC consistently ranks among the top computer science departments in Spain (1st Spanish university in Engineering studies according to THE2019).

Its PhD program offers advanced training in this interdisciplinary field, becoming an innovative and unique program in Spain. The DTIC PhD program has been growing steadily and currently hosts about 160 PhD students and 40 supervisors. The program received a Mention of Excellence award from the Ministry of Science and Innovation in 2011.

The UPF university was awarded in 2010 the distinction of International Excellence Campus by the Spanish Ministry of Education. The UPF is located in Barcelona. Its excellent location on the shores of the Mediterranean, its gentle climate, its open, cosmopolitan character, its gastronomy and architecture make Barcelona an extraordinary place to live. DTIC is sited in UPF's Communication Campus, opened in 2009, and is located within the vibrant 22@ technological district.




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