Research Associate Digital Threads

Lancaster University - School of Computing and Communications

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We are seeking to appoint a Research Associate to work on the AHRC project Digital Threads focused on ­promoting economic development by capturing the cultural heritage of rural weaving practices in Malaysia. The aim of this project is to develop a platform consisting of mobile applications integrated with blockchain technologies to capture the authenticity of the making process and its raw materials: applications for supporting makers’ online presence, authoring tools for their multimedia stories of handcrafting process, and tools for online codesign of bespoke products with customers.

We invite applications from enthusiastic individuals who have at least MSc or equivalent experience in Computer Science. Ideally, you must be able to demonstrate a research background in the areas of user interface design, mobile app design and development, and co-participatory design. The role will require you to engage with external partners and stakeholders and support the technical management of two of the project work packages. Therefore, excellent communication skills and experience of collaborative projects will be essential. We also value your ability to rapidly learn new techniques beyond current skills and abilities. Experience in blockchain technology is desirable but not compulsory as the successful candidate will benefit from collaboration with the industrial partner with expertise in development of blockchain technologies to support transparency of the supply chain.

The School of Computing and Communications offers a highly collegiate and stimulating environment for research career development. You will join an ambitious research group that is internationally recognised, and will be expected to contribute to the strong profile of the group through participation in the development and publication of research results.

This full time position is fixed term until 13 February 2019.

Informal enquiries to Professor Corina Sas, email: or telephone +44 1524 510318.

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis, as well as the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research.

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