Research Fellow (0.6 FTE)

Royal College of Art - School of Design - Design Products

The Royal College of Art is the only entirely postgraduate institution of university status that is devoted to the study of art, design and communication. The College has some 1,780 students following postgraduate courses and the staff, both full and part-time, totals approximately 400.

Citizen Naturewatch is a project being undertaken by the School of Design, specifically within Design Products. The project works in partnership with the Interaction Research Studio (Goldsmiths) on a compelling venture that builds on Design Products research in: Open Design, Maker Culture, Make Spaces and Citizen Science. The project will be building digital interactions that enable lay users to make devices to monitor and capture data about their wildlife surroundings. This project involves collaborating with a leading media provider and internationally renowned natural sciences team to research and develop bespoke computational devices for monitoring wild animals and their environments.

We are currently seeking a Research Fellow to work on the project three days per week, they will be required to engage in research to fulfil the requirements of the grant. This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in the group design meetings scoping the potential of the project direction and output. The successful candidate will be required to work with other members of the research team to record research contributions, build a wide range of communications formats which will include videos, blogs, events and books, ensuring the core messages underpinning our projects are publicised sufficiently.

The postholder will design, create and co-deliver public engagement events around the country to enable uptake with appropriate audiences for the project and they will support and deliver the workshops and events to bring people together around projects. It is essential that applicants hold an MA in a design-related field, and holding a PhD would be desirable but is not essential. The successful candidate should be a designer who has experience as a researcher or a researcher with a rich knowledge of design and manufacturing. Solid project documentary skills including writing and photography is also essential.

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The Royal College of Art is committed to equal opportunities for all and is a Two Ticks employer & Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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