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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Human Computer Interaction, Sociology, Education, or Related Social Sciences Discipline

University of Stirling - Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Location: Stirling
Salary: £33,199 to £39,609 p.a. pro. Grade 7
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 24th June 2019
Closes: 21st July 2019
Job Ref: FAC01098

Location: Stirling Campus

The Post

Applications are invited for a part-time Postdoctoral Research Associate for the “Participatory Design and Open Data Platforms for a Data Commons in Scotland: case study - waste management” project funded by the EPSRC (as part of the Digital Economy Investigator-led Projects scheme), in the Division of Communications, Media & Culture, University of Stirling. The post offers early career researchers the opportunity to lead and conduct research on the future of participatory design and data commons in Scotland. The Data Commons Scotland project will be led by Dr Greg Singh, Associate Professor in Media and Communications, University of Stirling, and the successful applicant will collaborate closely with the PI, the investigating team, the project partners and the contractors in terms of the project deliverables and high impact outputs.

Research will include producing publications to be submitted to journals, book chapters and high impact open access publications for wide dissemination. The research will contribute to devolved and national debates on the future of Open Data in public service and civic contexts, including submissions to Local Authorities and Scottish Government specifically in relation to flows of information in the public domain, and how this intersects with the challenges associated with waste management practices.

The successful candidate will lead the qualitative strand of research to examine how participatory design methodologies can create better solutions for Open Data Standardisation, including the development of learning methodologies for participation design, and developing co-design methodologies for ethical and learnable open data platforms. More broadly, the Research Associate will work to comprehensively map Open Data infrastructure, and to comprehensively map Local Authority Improvement Plans, in Scotland.

The Research Fellow will be supported in career development by the project PI, including collaboration on publications, workshop and knowledge exchange event organisation, supporting wide stakeholder networks, and through direct engagement with practitioners and policy makers. The Fellowship offers early career researchers the opportunity to participate in a large-scale and interdisciplinary research project, and to develop a research profile in a collegiate and supportive environment dedicated to excellence in research.

Description of Duties

Participatory Design and Open Data Platforms for a Data Commons in Scotland: case study – waste management.

The successful candidate will be required to conduct research of the highest quality and to lead on various strands of the research project, including secondary research on Open Data technologies and policy; systematic literature review; and review of best practice in service design in the UK and beyond.

  • The post-holder will be expected to:
  • Lead on the qualitative research strand of the project – identifying and reviewing relevant literature, organising knowledge exchange events, co-design workshops with participants and interviewing key informants in the field of participatory service design across Scotland (and elsewhere in the UK as required)
  • Apply findings from the qualitative research to the process of prototyping mock-ups of end-users interfaces and using these mock-ups to conduct further iterations of co-design;
  • Conduct and publish original research within the remit of the project, including collaborative work with the PI and the investigating team;
  • Take responsibility for the organisation of co-design workshops and assist the PI in organising knowledge exchange events;
  • Manage project deadlines;
  • Contribute fully to the public engagement activities of the project.
   
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