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Senior Research/Research Associate: Design Research Works

Institute for the Contemporary Arts
Salary:   £28,756 to £40,927 (Grade 6/7)
Closing Date:   Wednesday 26 January 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  A3624

This is a unique opportunity to contribute to Design Research Works—a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship—as a Senior Research Associate/Research Associate (depending on experience).

The overall aim of Design Research Works is to gather evidence about and promote the use of Design Research approaches in the context of exploring and addressing socio-technical challenges (see Within those objectives is the specific project that this role will contribute to creating an Interactive Database of Design Research (provisionally abbreviated IDDR) – IDDR will act as a search engine and repository for Design Research.

The holder of this post will conduct research fieldwork, synthesise the findings, and produce wireframe/prototype designs for IDDR. Where appropriate this will draw upon UX research methods, ethnographic research and participatory methods. The role will involve close collaboration with a developer (who will implement IDDR) and the rest of the Design Research Works team including a documentary maker.

This role is contingent on external funding which is currently until December 2022. The successful candidate will play a key role in developing and delivering this unprecedented and publicly accessible resource for the Design Research community. 

The successful candidate will be encouraged to consider their own career development and will be provided reasonable time to incorporate this into these activities into their work pattern.

See the attached for a full specification, but the successful applicant will need to have:

•            A PhD (or equivalent experience) demonstrating knowledge of Design Research, Research through Design, and/or User Research.

•            Experience of organising, conducting, and synthesising the results of user research fieldwork (e.g., using ethnographic and participatory methods)

•            Ability to build and maintain relationships with partners and collaborators. 

•            Ability to create wireframe/prototype interface designs.

•            Communication and interpersonal skills.

•            Experience writing and publishing research outputs in academic venues.

This is a one-off opportunity to help shape the future of the Design Research discipline in a role that offers significant room for growth.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr Joseph Lindley (email:

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