Design Communications Research Assistant, Trash-2-Cash


Academic Development and Services
CCW - Millbank, London UK
Full time
Fixed Term

21 April 2017 23:55

£33,090 - £40,638

This is an exciting opportunity to join to join the UAL research 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’ (grant agreement no. 646226), 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 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.  

We are seeking an outstanding and enthusiastic research assistant who has experience in communicating design research to a variety of audiences. The role involves assisting the UAL team in the design and delivery of workshops and events that will endeavour to explore the design approaches, materials and methods required to create cyclable products within a variety of industry contexts. As well as gathering and transcribing data from Trash-2-Cash activities, you will produce graphics that communicate the ideas of the consortium. 

You will contribute to the presentation of Trash-2-Cash at dissemination events, such as industry demonstrations, exhibitions at trade fairs, and public engagement activities, and will work closely with the Trash-2-Cash Communications Officer in developing content for the website and publicity materials. 

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 postgraduate qualification in the field of design management or communications, and will have strong graphic design skills, with the ability to visually represent research data. You will have experience of gathering data using a variety of methodologies, and designing and delivering exhibitions and public engagement events.

To succeed in this role you will need to be a confident communicator, with significant experience of writing high quality reports and delivering presentations to industry. The successful candidate should also have a good working knowledge of textiles and material innovation.

You will ideally have experience of interdisciplinary design-led research, and will be experienced at physical, digital and social media communications, with a wide knowledge of appropriate software to support this work.  

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

If you have any queries you may contact the Academic Development and Services via email: or telephone: 020 7514 9627.

At UAL, everyone's identity matters. We are committed to creating a supportive and inclusive environment for all our diverse students, staff, and the creative and cultural sector partners with whom we engage. We aim to take every opportunity to progress equality and diversity, and celebrate the enrichment this brings to our community.

Candidates are advised to submit applications early.

This opportunity is closed to applications.