Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Worlding Public Cultures


Academic Development and Services
CCW - Millbank, London UK
Part time
Fixed Term
32 months (01 May 20 – 31 Dec 22)

10 March 2020 23:55

£38,694 - £46,423 p.a. pro rata

To support the Lead Principal Investigator (PI), Principal Investigators and Team Members of the Canadian, Dutch and German research teams in the fulfillment of ‘Worlding Public Cultures: The Arts and Social Innovation’ project deliverables, to independently research, collate and document key aspects of the project and to facilitate its effective and efficient delivery. The post-holder's main duties and responsibilities will be:

  • To lead on the development of an online database to hold and relate digital artefacts with a transnational, global remit from the following: 1. Exhibitions; 2. Conferences and education programmes; 3. Research centres; 4. Courses offered in universities. All datasets will be drawn from publicly accessible websites, blogs and social media, and be sourced internationally through comprehensive online searches and network referrals. 
  • To work with a designer to build and manage a website that will serve as an archive and public interface for showcasing research outputs and materials, such as audio-visual interviews with curators and academics.
  • To coordinate a team of post-doctoral researchers collecting, processing and uploading data to the project database and website. 
  • To work closely with the Lead PI to apply the Data Management Plan for the project in consultation with all project teams.
  • To contribute to the outcomes of the project through involvement in the preparation and presentation of papers at conferences/symposia/seminars/workshops, 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, via social media and the project’s web presence.
University of the Arts London is a vibrant world centre for innovation, drawing together six colleges with international reputations in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts. UAL is a world top-two university for art and design in the QS World University Rankings® 2019. We offer an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts. Our graduates go on to work in and shape the creative industries worldwide. Our research addresses local, national and global issues, in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework 83% of our research was rated world leading or internationally excellent.  


  • Degree-level qualification in Art History, Archiving or Computer Science with post-graduate qualification in a relevant Digital Humanities subject
  • Experience of knowledge management in a web context
  • Basic understanding of Semantic Web technologies, including SKOS, RDF
  • Strong experience with content management systems
  • Experience with publishing academic articles in peer-reviewed journals
  • Experience with presenting at academic conferences/symposia/workshops
  • Experience with building database schemas
  • Experience with data processing, cleaning
  • Experience with web applications
  • Experience of working within interdisciplinary research teams
  • Some understanding of Digital Preservation principles and preservation formats


  • PhD in a relevant Computer Science or Digital Humanities subject
  • Programming skills (PHP, javascript, python)
  • Knowledge of Digital Preservation
  • Experience of working within international and multi-sectoral research teams
  • Experience with Drupal
  • Experience with e-Prints
  • Experience with XML technologies
  • Familiarity with the CIDOC-CRM ontology, PROV ontology or the Europeana data model

If you have any queries contact ADS Recruitment Team via email or telephone: 02075142965 / 9627

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