Postdoctoral Research Assistant

University of Reading - School of Arts and Communication Design - Typography & Graphic Communication

IDAPPS is an inter-disciplinary project bringing together academics and practitioners in graphic and information design, architecture, ergonomics and human factors, and pharmacy to consider how to support one of the strategic aims of the UK 5-Year Antimicrobial Resistance strategy 2013-18: how to ‘improve the knowledge and understanding of antimicrobial resistance’.

IDAPPS introduces ‘persuasive space’ in thinking about the presentation of information, its situation within an environment, and how users interact with it, in the context of a community pharmacy. Community pharmacies are socially inclusive and convenient, and today play a key role in delivering public health. They are places where people wait for prescriptions to be filled or to see a pharmacist, and offer a persuasive space to raise awareness of the dangers of Anti-Microbial Resistance.

The post is offered full-time for 13 months, and is based in the world-leading Department of Typography & Graphic Communication, University of Reading. You will work with a team comprising academics in information and user-centred design, architecture and the built environment, and pharmacy; and non-academic partners, Design Science (a science communication agency) and Day Lewis (a chain of community pharmacies). IDAPPS is an exciting and innovative project which is funded as a pump-priming initiative, so there will be opportunity to contribute ideas to the development and planning of future work in this area. You will need to be flexible and adaptable and be able to work under your own initiative.

You will have:

  • A PhD/Post graduate degree in design or a related discipline, with some experience in / awareness of information design history, theory and practice.
  • Ability to write for different audiences and social media.
  • Experience organizing and supporting workshops and events.
  • Ability to work both as part of a team and individually.
  • Ability to work under own initiative, strong organisational skills and attention to detail.

You may also have experience of:

  • Working in collections and archives.
  • User-centred design.
  • Medical humanities.
  • Health communication.
  • Science communication.
  • Co-design, participatory design.

Informal Contact Details
Contact role:  Project principal investigator
Contact name:  Prof Sue Walker
Contact phone: n/a
Contact email:

Interview date: tbc

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce and we welcome applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements which will be considered in line with business needs.

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