Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Social Design Institute


Academic Development and Services
UAL - King's Cross, London UK
Grade 5
£38,694 - £46,423 per annum

Fixed Term - 12 months

Full time - 37 hours per week

29 November 2019 14:00


The opportunity

UAL’s Social Design Institute seeks a post-doctoral researcher to critically assess the use of design to address contemporary social and public policy challenges. We’re particularly keen to recruit someone with a background in sociology, anthropology, geography, science and technology studies or innovation management to complement our existing expertise in design and the humanities.

This role will be instrumental in shaping the Social Design Institute’s emerging mission to build the international research agenda in social design and design for sustainability. The successful candidate will play a key role in helping consolidate UAL’s research and knowledge exchange in social design and design for sustainability resulting in: stronger internal and external narratives; collaboration pathways for external partners; and opportunities for doctoral students and staff. The post holder will develop their post-doctoral research and practice within the research aims of the Social Design Institute. They will develop, manage and deliver both research and knowledge exchange projects contributing to the academic research profile and activities of the Institute in collaboration with colleagues across UAL and with external partners.

About you

Duties and Responsibilities

• Develop an agreed research project within the framework of the Institute’s identified research aims and areas of interest.
• Contribute to the planning of external funding applications in support of their research within the Institute

• Contribute to the academic research profile of the Institute, through attendance and participation at relevant national and international forums, and through participation at university conferences and events.
• Contribute to doctoral and other research activities of the Institute.
• Work closely with Institute’s research managers in planning the delivery of Institutes research strategic aims and objectives.

Essential Skills Include

  • Is regarded as an authority in their field of specialism with both internal and external peers.
  • Relevant qualification: PhD in a relevant area such as: sociology, anthropology, geography, science and technology studies, innovation management, sustainable management or design.
  • Applies and shares knowledge and experience as necessary.
  • Ability to lead the academic and/or professional development of own area of expertise within the University.
  • Track record of successful applications to external bodies for grants in support individual and/or collaborative research.
  • An excellent record of research dissemination (e.g. through exhibition, performance, publication and conference presentation)
  • Communicates effectively orally and in writing adapting the message for a diverse audience in an inclusive and accessible way
  • Applies innovative approaches to research and professional practice to support solid research processes, analysis, documentation and excellent outcomes.
  • Applies own research experience to the questions of this project.
  • Contributes to advancing professional practice/research or scholarly activity in own area of specialism
  • Plans, prioritises and manages resources effectively to achieve long term objectives
  • Works collaboratively in a team and where appropriate across or with different professional groups
  • Builds and maintains positive relationships with students or customers
  • Ability to take a pro-active role in the design of questions, investigative strategies and solutions to work on new and unique problems.

Posting date - 29 October 2019

Closing date - 28 November 2019

Interview Date: 13th December 2019

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


This opportunity is closed to applications.