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Senior Research Associate: Equity for the Older: Beyond Digital Access

School of Computing and Communications
Salary:   £36,386 to £42,155
Closing Date:   Sunday 12 February 2023
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  0742-22-R

We are seeking to appoint a Senior Research Associate on the EPSRC-funded project "Equity for the Older: Beyond Digital Access" (E4O) to co-lead the development of a roadmap for digital equity. Working in close collaboration with prestigious partners including the RSA, Age UK, and Lloyds Bank, the position offers a unique opportunity for leadership and research impact for someone with expertise in social policy, design for policy, and/or strategic design.

The purpose of this project is to help create a digital society that delivers equal benefits to older adults, which it will do through 1) analysing multiplicative factors in older adults’ exclusion from digital society, 2) conducting interviews and focus groups with older adults to explore how the rapid digitalisation during the pandemic has altered their relationship with digital technologies, 3) co-designing new technology prototypes with older adults, and 4) creating lasting resources to instill best practice for a digital economy that is inclusive of the full diversity of older adults. This project is a collaboration with University College London, who are leading the quantitative and co-design portions of the work (objectives 1 and 3, respectively); the Senior Research Associate role at Lancaster corresponds directly to objective 4, though drawing on and informing other parts of the project.

Given the interdisciplinary nature of the project, we value ability and enthusiasm to work across disciplines, as well as strong interpretive and communication skills. Familiarity with research and/or policy relating to older adults is not required; an understanding of how research can shape policy is more salient to the role. You will be based in the School of Computing and Communications, but will be encouraged to engage across departments with colleagues in Health and Design. For more details, please see the Job Description and Person Specification for this position.

The School of Computing and Communications is strongly supportive of interdisciplinary research. It offers a highly inclusive and stimulating environment for career development, and you will be exposed to a range of further development opportunities over the course of this post. We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies, as well as the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research.

You will join us on an indefinite contract. However, the role remains contingent on external funding which, for this position, ends 31 March 2025.

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Bran Knowles, email:

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