Cambridge University Is Looking For A Professor Of Lego

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Following the posting for a "gintern" there is no doubt about it: jobs are getting sillier. A statement that has been strengthened as it comes to light that Cambridge University has listed a vacancy for a "Lego Professor of Play".

But this doesn't mean building Indiana Jones' Temple of Doom all day. Instead you'll need to be a specialist in education psychology.

Right.

Bo Stjerne Thomsen, global head of research for the Lego Foundation, says they want a candidate with a "childlike mindset", who is "playful, extremely curious, open-minded, imaginative and creative – someone who can think of new ways of doing research and work across different disciplines."

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According to The Guardian: "The successful candidate will not only enjoy all the perks of a typical Cambridge professor – including a job that commands an average salary of £83,981 – he or she will also lead Cambridge's newly established Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development and Learning (Pedal)."

The Lego Foundation is funding the role, and have made a £4million endowment. £2.5m of this has been put aside for the professorship and the remaining £1.5m will go towards the Pedal Centre whose spending will be planned by the new professor.

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"The value of play is relatively under-researched," explains Professor Anna Vignoles, the interim director of Pedal and a member of Cambridge University's faculty of education. "Children are now increasingly accessing early-years provision at very young ages," she added, "There are a number of scholars who are working on interesting aspects of that in developmental psychology. We're confident that we'll attract an outstanding scholar."

If you do happen to have the requisite skills (remember that six-wheeled Lego car you built twenty years ago? Groundbreaking stuff), get designing as applications are due 20 January.