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Senior Research Associate: Programmer/Website Builder

Institute for the Contemporary Arts
Salary:   £34,189 to £39,609 pro-rata
Closing Date:   Monday 22 July 2019
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  A2718

Cinema Memory and the Digital Archive

Lancaster University seeks to appoint a Senior Research Associate in Computer Programming / Website Building to work on an AHRC-funded project titled ‘Cinema Memory and the Digital Archive: 1930s Britain and Beyond’ (CMDA). The project will properly organise and store, as well as develop a website for, the ‘Cinema Culture in 1930s Britain’ Collection currently stored at Lancaster University Library. The project also involves a number of research and public engagement events relating to archives, cinema memory and audience research.

The role will involve a range of tasks relating to the project, working closely with the project’s team, including its Principal Investigator, Dr Richard Rushton (Lancaster University), and Co-Investigators, Professor Annette Kuhn (Queen Mary, University of London) and Dr Sarah Neely (University of Stirling). You will be based in the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA).

You will be responsible for creating the website on which all digitised materials from the CMDA project will be placed. You will work closely with the project team and with staff from Lancaster University Library and Lancaster University Information Systems Services to ensure that the design and usability of the website are optimised. In conjunction with the project team, you will lead on the design elements of the website. The website will incorporate a range of digital materials, including audio recordings, images, transcripts, as well as some aspects of GIS mapping of cinema locations and facilities for users to upload comments and data. One major aspect of the website involves the incorporation of Qualitative Data Analysis (QDA) aspects which will ensure the website is highly searchable.

You will be required to research various possibilities for the website, especially those which relate to making the website highly searchable (via the incorporation of QDA data), as well as providing search links between audio interview material and the transcripts of those interviews. You will also be expected to present on these aspects of the project at public-facing events that are part of the CMDA project. Later in the project you will research the possibility of expanding the GIS aspects of the website with a view towards seeking further funding.

You will possess a PhD (or be working towards completion of a PhD) in a field relevant to Computer Science, Computer Studies or a related field.

This is a fixed-term, part-time position working 2 days per week for 24 months. 

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr Richard Rushton ( For general information about Lancaster University please see, or for more information about LICA please see

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