University of Cambridge is Getting a Professor of LEGO

Hayley Harding
getty images collage / rebecca o'connell
getty images collage / rebecca o'connell / getty images collage / rebecca o'connell

College professors routinely think about the building blocks of life, but the University of Cambridge is taking it to a whole new level.

The university has announced that it will hire a professor of LEGO to work as part of the Faculty of Education. The role is expected to begin in October 2015 and includes directing the new Research Centre on Play in Education, Development and Learning.

Interested candidates don't necessarily need degrees in plastic brick architecture, although it can't hurt—the university is looking for someone "whose work falls within the general field of the title of the office."

The professorship was established after the university received a £4 million donation from the LEGO Foundation. The foundation, which owns a quarter of the LEGO Group, focuses on "challenging the status quo by re-defining play and re-imagining learning."

According to Cambridge University Reporter£1.5 million of that donation will fund the Research Centre, while the remaining £2.5 million will go toward funding the Professorship. The goal will be to study the role of play in education.

No word yet on if this awesome kid has turned in his application.