Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Materializing Data, Embodying Climate Change (3D Modeller)


Academic Development and Services
CSM - King's Cross, London UK
Full time
Fixed Term
Until 14th Feb 2022

22 March 2019 23:55

£38,010 - £45,603 per annum

Materializing Data, Embodying Climate Change brings together Central Saint Martins, the British Antarctic Survey and Birkbeck, University of London in a ground-breaking three-year project to produce art and design artefacts that explore how physical translations of climate data enable new experiences and cultural representations of our changing environment.

The post-holder will be responsible for producing art and design artefacts derived from environmental data resources, employing both digital fabrication and 3D printing as well as more traditional model-making approaches by using a range of materials. You will work closely with a Postdoctoral Research Fellow programmer who will produce software and data resources, and you will have responsibility for academic reporting and documentation of research (conference papers, journal articles and other outputs), in collaboration with the Principal Investigator and other core staff. The role offers a unique opportunity to work with internationally respected artists, designers and scientists as a co-collaborator in a major project funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Central Saint Martins is a world-leading centre for arts and design education. Its reputation stems from the creative energy of its staff and students and the stellar achievements of its graduates nationally and internationally. The nine programmes at CSM explore the boundaries of their discipline. Students and staff are continually alert to new ideas, and are curious and restless in developing beyond the expected norms of their subject, so emerging work is at the forefront of its area. CSM sits at the heart of London’s creative scene, and of one of Europe’s most dynamic new culture and innovation quarters at King’s Cross, making the college increasingly important to London’s cultural life, and indicative of our general desire to open up CSM to as broad an audience as possible. 

You will be comfortable working across creative, technical and scientific domains, and have a strong interest in cultural responses to climate change. You will have a relevant postgraduate qualification, in fields such as architecture, design, art or industrial manufacturing.

Duties and Responsibilities include:

  •  To support and participate in collaborative research with the PI, Co-Is and the rest of the project team
  • To undertake original research towards the production of climate data in physical forms, and new artefacts, representations and expressions of climate change, beyond current digital visualisations, graphs and interfaces
  • To expand existing research in the field of art-science collaborations concerned with developing cultural and imaginative responses to climate change
  • To contribute to the outcomes of the project through involvement in the preparation and presentation of papers at conferences, exhibitions, contributions to refereed journals, and the editing and/or authoring of book chapters, where appropriate
  • To promote the project through participation in public events, if appropriate, via social media and the project’s web presence
  • To disseminate the research findings through the project’s web presence, conferences, public lectures, events and articles published in relevant journals or e-publications, as appropriate
  • To produce content towards a publication, edited collection or other public output, as appropriate
  • To work closely and collaboratively with the project team, UAL staff as well as partner organisations by regularly liaising with relevant stakeholders to ensure the smooth running of the project
  • Lead on and support any additional tasks or documentation as required by the project

Essential skills include:

  • Good knowledge of working in idea-driven, research, creative and/or studio environments with teams of collaborators
  • Good working knowledge of bridging digital and analogue processes in the complex assembly of experimental artefacts, structures and objects
  • Knowledge of complex project realisation skills from ideation to production
  • Good working knowledge of research report and publication writing
  • Knowledge of 3D modelling production
  • Good working knowledge of a range of additive and subtractive digital fabrication technologies for 3D model output, including, but not limited to: 3D printing, CNC and manual machining, laser cutting etc.
  • Good working knowledge and skill in rapid-prototyping processes with a wide range of materials
  • Knowledge of an array of CAD and CAM software, including, but not limited to: Solidworks, Inventor, Rhino, Grasshopper, Fusion 360 or equivalents
  • Good working knowledge of 2D drafting and drawing for idea development
  • Good working knowledge of interpretation of mechanical drawings, plans and 3D CAD
  • Craft ability in traditional model-making approaches and materials, including timber, joinery, card, steel etc.
  • Good working knowledge of traditional machining technologies: hand tools, lathe, press, power tools etc.


Posting date - 15 February 2019

Closing date - 22 March 2019

If you have any queries you may contact ADS Recruitment Team via email or telephone: 020 7514 2965

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