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Research Technician Officer

University of Sheffield - Faculty of Arts and Humanities - Department of Music

Location: Sheffield
Salary: £27,116 per annum (pro-rata) (Grade 6.1)
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 25th November 2021
Closes: 19th December 2021
Job Ref: UOS030945
 

Contract: Fixed term: 22 months with a start date of February 2022

Working pattern: Part-time 60% (21 hours per week)

Are you looking to join a vibrant, research-intensive Russell Group University?

The Department of Music is seeking to appoint a professional and innovative Research Technician Officer for a period of 22 months to work on a research project as described here below. 

This project is related to the emerging evidence that shows a raft of physical, cognitive, emotional and social benefits to those who interact with music, whether it be through listening, playing or creating. This can be used to sustain older adults' wellbeing. There is a burgeoning use of music for health across communities, including social prescribing of musical activities for sustained mental health, as well as daily lifestyle activities in independent living, formal and informal care in the UK and worldwide. However, the current landscape is limited in terms of existing tools and technologies, and the interactions they afford for older adults with varying cognitive abilities.

Older adults with ranges of complex needs are interested and capable of using new music technologies, but few resources are designed with these users in mind (Creech 2019). It is therefore pivotal to discover the optimal music practices to maximise health and wellbeing outcomes for this population, and what tools and technologies are needed to make music playing accessible and sustainable for all.

The role will involve provision of full technical service to support this research project.

Reporting to the Senior Research Fellow, Dr. Jennifer MacRitchie, and working as part of the team that includes co-investigators and a Research Associate, you will be responsible for the development of the music technological interfaces used in the research.

The main responsibilities in this role will involve building and/or adapting audio interfaces to suit the needs of older adults with dementia. With guidance from co-researchers in the community, the project aims to examine various types of sensor and gesture-sound mapping that may be fit for purpose.

Previous experience with platforms to create interactive software and/or hardware interfaces will be essential. Our main project partner is Bela (Augmented Instruments Ltd, bela.io), so experience with Bela boards and Trill touch sensors (or equivalent) would be desirable.

You will support the technical aspects of the project related to data collection, data management, planning, and health and safety aspects of the research.

The work pattern is anticipated to be 3 days per week, but we anticipate that at peak times the candidate can be flexible to accommodate a more intensive work pattern.

We will offer you support and development for your own career; opportunities to engage with University-wide, interdisciplinary research projects; support for developing your research activities, including public engagement, knowledge exchange and impact activities; and the opportunity to work within dedicated and collegial teaching and research teams.

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