Research Associate (Playing the Archive: Memory, Community and Mixed Reality Play (0.5)

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

Research Associate (Playing the Archive: Memory, Community and Mixed Reality Play (0.5)

Part Time: 18.25 hours per week

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7. The salary range will be £34,056 - £41,163 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 whose mission it is to understand and to develop digital technologies to support and transform education, and beyond ( www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/departments-centres/centres/uclknowledge-lab ). The research programme will be located in the DARE (Digital Arts Research Education) Centre, a leading centre for research in play, games, media arts and media literacies ( www.darecollaborative.net ). We are looking to appoint a 0.5 researcher to conduct ethnographies of play which is funded for two years in the first instance within the new EPSRCfunded Playing the Archive project, led by Professor Andrew Burn ( http://darecollaborative.net/playing-the-archive ). 

The researcher will work with Dr John Potter, conducting ethnographies of play with primary schools in London. This work will connect with a parallel project in Sheffield led by Professor Jackie Marsh. The researcher will also support collaborative work between the children and designers (at the Bartlett CASA centre) of a VR playworld at the V&A Museum of Childhood, based on the Opie manuscript archive at the Bodleian; and with designers of a smart playground on the Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park.

The postholder will have a doctorate, in a relevant field (e.g. Media/Cultural Studies, Digital Media/games, Education, Sociology), with a research-training component or be very close to completion.

The postholder will have knowledge and experience of using ethnographic methods, conducting case studies, fieldwork and qualitative methodologies and analytical procedures A good background knowledge of literature in the areas of children’s playground culture, the Opies’ work, children’s media cultures, the new sociology of childhood is desirable.

The appointment is available from 01 August 2017 and is funded to 31 July 2019 in the first instance.  

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

Interview Date: TBC

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

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