Design Thinking for Materials Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Trash-2-Cash


Academic Development and Services
Chelsea College of Arts - Millbank
Full time
Fixed Term
30th November 2018

25 February 2016 23:55

£36,243 - £43,483

We are seeking an outstanding, enthusiastic and ambitious researcher, ready to undertake collaborative research in the field of design thinking and facilitation. You will join the team for the EU-funded Horizon 2020 innovation project  ‘Trash-2-Cash: Utilising zero-value waste textiles and fibres with design-driven technologies to create high-quality products', based at Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London, and delivered in collaboration with a consortium of project partners. In the ‘Trash-2-Cash’ project, growing problems with paper fibre waste from the paper industry and textile fibre waste, originating from a continuously increasing textile consumption, will be solved through design-driven innovation. This will be performed by using the waste to regenerate fibres that will be included into fashion, interior and other high-value products.  

You will assist the team in developing and analysing the collaborative design approach, and you will contribute to the formation and audit of design driven scenarios that use waste textiles to create high value products, and product design development of the design concepts. You will contribute to the envisioning of primary scenarios for the application sectors and define primary design-driven material requirements and characterisation of the eco-fibres.  You will support research and events that will endeavour to explore the design approaches, materials and methods required to create cyclable products within a variety of industry contexts. 

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. 

Chelsea College of Arts is a prestigious establishment with a track record of teaching and nurturing impressive talent. Much of its success is down to its dedicated employees, and you will play an important role in shaping future creative professionals, and impact on the future of so many creative industries.

You will have a doctoral qualification in a relevant field, such as design thinking (preferable with experience in materials), product design, co-design or sustainability. You will have an established and active research profile and a proven record of published research in the relevant field. You will be self-motivated and have a good working knowledge of design thinking and scenario mapping for new materials and products.  

In return, University of the Arts London offers generous leave, an attractive pension scheme and a commitment to your continuing personal development and training in an environment that encourages excellence, creativity and diversity.

If you have any queries you may contact ADS Recruitment Team via email: or telephone: 020 7514 9627.

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Candidates are advised to submit applications early to avoid disappointment as we reserve the right to close vacancies prior to the advertised closing date.

This opportunity is closed to applications.