Senior Research Associate on IN-TOUCH: Digital Touch and Communication Project

University College London - UCL-Institute of Education - Department of Culture, Communication and Media

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 8. The salary range will be £41,844 - £49,362 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is a faculty of University College London, University of London. It is a world-leading school for education and social science (number 1 in the QS world rankings 2014 - 2016). This exciting research post will be located in the UCL Knowledge Lab, a leading interdisciplinary research centre on digital research and design in education  ( We are looking to appoint an experienced Postdoctoral Researcher to work on IN-TOUCH: Digital Touch and Communication - a new five-year ERC Award led by Professor Carey Jewitt. IN-TOUCH aims to obtain a deep understanding of the social and semiotic character of touch as it is mediated by digital technologies and its consequences and impact on human communication. The Postholder will conduct literature reviews, contribute to project design, empirical fieldwork, analysis and theoretical/methodological development for researching digital touch. They will conduct intensive ethnographic case study field work on digital touch communication with designers and users of digital touch communication in the wild (e.g. museums) and centres of digital touch innovation. They will use a range of methods, including video based and arts based methods and contribute to methodological experimentation, and innovation. They will analyze data using a socially oriented lens that combines concepts from multimodal meaning and communication, anthropology of the senses and arts-based methods to provide a fine-grained holistic account of communication-in-context (e.g. image, gaze, touch, gesture, body posture). The researcher will contribute to the communication and dissemination of project findings, project workshops, social media and the project website and research publications. The post is funded until 30 September 2021 in the first instance.

The postholder will hold a PhD or equivalent qualification and research experience in social sciences (e.g. sociology, anthropology) or other relevant fields. The post holder needs to have sustained experience of qualitative or mixed methods research and a sound knowledge and interest in fields of digital communication (in its broadest sense) and technologies across the social sciences and the arts. They will need to have significant knowledge, understanding and experience of ethnographic methods, conducting case studies, fieldwork and analytical procedures. This is an innovative project and a commitment to interdisciplinary and innovative ways of researching is needed. It is a complex and demanding project both intellectually and organizationally and requires a researcher who can work independently and collaboratively, listen to other team members, build on shared ideas, and be a part of a team, with the ability to think analytically and generate analytical ideas and themes from research data. This is a high profile project and the proven ability to write and disseminate research findings is essential.

UCL vacancy reference : 1578262

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below. For further details: Professor Carey Jewitt

Closing Date: 25 October 2016

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: TBC

Any offer of employment will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

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