Research Fellow

Royal College of Art - Material Science Research Centre

Fixed term contract until 31 August 2021.

The Royal College of Art is the UK’s only entirely postgraduate art and design university. In 2017/18 the College has some 2,000 students registered for MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD degrees and over 400 full- and part-time academic, technical and administrative staff.

The Burberry Material Futures Research Group is intended to be the first explicit ‘STEAM’ research centre at a traditional art and design university, applying radical thinking to develop more sustainable materials, transform consumer experience and advance manufacturing for the benefit of industry and the wider community.

We are seeking to appoint a Research Fellow to the Burberry Material Futures Research Group to contribute to scoping the research programme and contribute to collaborative research projects in core research areas. The role involves initiating and planning projects, working in conjunction with academic colleagues, industry and research partners on the Centre’s research programme, developing and submitting research funding applications, delivering projects, and undertaking and publishing internationally recognised research. It also involves working with partners across industry, government, public sector and community organisations and policy makers. 

We are looking for a candidate with a PhD in the discipline of textiles, and specifically, in the area of the human sensory and embodied experience of materials, whose subject knowledge includes textile materials characterisation, phenomenology, fashion and textile design, with some knowledge of digital technologies.

The successful candidate will have experience of working at post-doctoral level, experience of carrying out research projects and publishing research outputs, experience of collaborative projects, preferably involving HE/industry collaborations in a relevant field, and experience of contributing to and reporting on projects.

The Royal College of Art is committed to equal opportunities for all and is a Two Ticks employer & Stonewall Diversity Champion. The College particularly welcomes applications from all sections of the community and would particularly encourage members of minority groups to apply.

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