Research Associate x 2 - Virtual Reality

Royal College of Art

Fixed term for 12 months, anticipated to start in June 2018.

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 Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design (HHCD) is the College’s largest and longest running centre for design research, founded in 1991. It is endowed by the Helen Hamlyn Trust with a remit to advance the study and practice of design that contributes to improving quality of life for people of all ages and abilities. The centre employs around 30 staff and has an annual income in excess of £1.5 million. It derives funding from a variety of sources: the Helen Hamlyn Trust, other third sector organisations, business and industry, UK Research Councils and European funding programmes. The HHCD’s work is organised into three research spaces: Age & Diversity, Healthcare and Social and Global. 

HHCD is collaborating with Oxford University to research and design new Virtual Reality (VR) environments and scenarios to aid therapy for people with psychosis. The aim of the project is to produce engaging VR treatments that can be tested in full scale clinical trials, and optimised for rollout within and beyond the NHS. 

The HHCD is seeking to appoint two Research Associates, full time, on a twelve-month fixed-term contract. The Research Associates will research and design new VR environments and scenarios to enhance therapy for people with psychosis. This will build on existing VR prototypes developed by the team at Oxford; the aim is to improve the user experience and enjoyment of the VR intervention, as well as demonstrating its efficacy.

It is essential that the appointed candidates have a first degree and Master's in a relevant discipline. Successful candidates will have proven skills in VR design, as well as proven interest in people-centred design research and methods, and healthcare and/or mental health. They will have the ability to work methodically and to identify, analyse and interpret data. The roles require strong data visualisation and presentation skills.

Candidates must have confidence working with a variety of disciplines and stakeholders, including people with lived experience of psychosis. In addition, the successful candidates will be self-starters with ability to work both in a team and autonomously. The roles require excellent written communication and workshop facilitation skills.

The College's policy is to offer the bottom point of the advertised salary range, any appointment to a higher salary within the range will be dependent on the skills and experience of the successful applicant.

Closing date: 10 May 2018.
Interview date: 18 May 2018.

Further details: Information Pack.

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.

The College's policy is to offer the bottom point of the advertised salary range, any appointment to a higher salary within the range will be dependent on the skills and experience of the successful applicant.

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