Researcher (Post-Doctoral Research Fellow – School of Arts)

University of Derby

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At the University of Derby, people are at the heart of everything we do. As a major, local employer we not only offer one of the region’s most competitive reward packages, but we are also constantly recognising and rewarding individual contribution, as well as helping to develop colleagues both personally and professionally. We take pride in being a really friendly, supportive and innovative workplace and we are genuinely committed to offering colleagues the opportunity to develop a fantastic, long-lasting career here with us.

We encourage applications from a diverse workforce who can help us achieve our desire to be the ambitious student’s natural choice for quality, support and achievement.

About the role

The two fixed-term three-year positions are part of the University of Derby’s commitment to enhance the research profile in the School of Arts, the work of the Digital and Material Arts Research Centre (D-MARC), and its’ affiliated research groups. As part of the School of Arts research team you will take appropriate initiatives towards setting up new research projects, contributing to and supporting ideas and developing research methodologies and techniques. Each position offers the opportunity to work closely with the research lead in School of Arts, contributing to a thriving research environment and community through engagement and support of its’ groups, projects and seminar series. It is anticipated that one post will be awarded to a candidate with a profile and expertise in academic writing, with the other in art and design practice.

The post holders will contribute to sustaining and increasing the momentum of our 2014 REF submission, leading towards that of 2021. We seek to appoint individuals to make a specific contribution to research in the subject areas for REF Unit of Assessment 32 (Art and Design). This may include (but is not limited too) subject and/or disciplinary alignment with fine art, photography, design, art history, critical theory, digital practices, arts and wellbeing, etc. Each post holder will have the potential to generate 3* outputs to contribute to the REF exercise in 2021. 

The post holders will undertake and develop individual and collaborative research activity resulting in high-quality publications and outputs. Additionally, they will identify, develop and support research projects and funding opportunities with colleagues. Each post holder will have duties to support ongoing collaborative research within The School of Arts, and those in strategic development. Furthermore, and dependent on your discipline, you will regularly produce research outputs in such ways as exhibiting, publishing high quality papers and book chapters in academic outlets, and presenting findings at conferences. 


  • Accessible location; Derby is a thriving, multi-cultural city with easy access from any location within the UK
  • Competitive rates of pay
  • Competitive, family friendly reward packages
  • Opportunity to join a contributory pension scheme
  • Discount savings scheme and extensive staff discounts on accredited courses for yourself or family to study here at the University
  • Cycle2Work scheme and subsidised travel
  • Vast programme of training courses and secondment opportunities

Application procedure

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