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Creative Technologist

Department of Electronic Engineering

Location:  Egham
Salary:  £43,660 per annum - including London Allowance
Closing Date:  Sunday 01 March 2020
Interview Date:  Tuesday 10 March 2020
Reference:  0220-049

Full Time, Fixed Term (17 months)- job available until 31 August 2021.

Applications are invited for the post of Creative Technology Researcher to join StoryFutures Academy: the National Centre for Immersive Storytelling, based at Royal Holloway’s new Centre for Digital Creativity. Funded by the UK’s industrial strategy challenge fund, StoryFutures Academy delivers cutting-edge creative training and research programmes to ensure the UK creative workforce is the most skilled in the world in the use of VR, AR and MR.

The role of Creative Technology Researcher is to provide detailed and clear understandings of the possibilities of new immersive technologies for a diverse array of creative practitioners, from film directors to television producers, games designers to theatre. You will support our R&D and training productions by giving hands on support to create new immersive experiences.  This is a research-driven role, with an opportunity to deliver research in a fast-paced hands-on environment with some of the world’s leading creatives. The postholder will form part of the StoryFutures/Academy research team working to better understand audience behaviours in immersive, working closely with psychologists and sociologists specifically focusing on audience reaction to the application of new sensory experiences in immersive.

The post holder will have at least 3 years’ experience in software development, or be qualified to PhD level (or near completion). They will have an understanding of creative immersive and enjoy interfacing with electronics (as done at hackathons). Practical experience of working with/within the creative industries, and an interest in sound would be an advantage. The postholder is expected to be flexible and efficient with excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with academic, industrial and Governmental partners.

In return we offer a highly competitive rewards and benefits package including:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement 
  • Training and Development opportunities
  • Pension Scheme with generous employer contribution 
  • Various schemes including Cycle to Work, Season Ticket Loans and help with the cost of Eyesight testing. 
  • Free parking 

This is a full-time post, available from 1 April 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter for a maximum of 17 months. The post is based at Royal Holloway in Egham, Surrey where the College is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London. The successful applicant will spend significant time liaising face-to-face with industry partners across the country. An attractive relocation package is available. 

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr Andy Woods, Andy.Woods@rhul.ac.uk

To view further details of this post and to apply please visit https://jobs.royalholloway.ac.ukFor queries on the application process the Human Resources Department can be contacted by email at: recruitment@rhul.ac.uk.

Please quote the reference: 0220-049

Closing Date:  Midnight, 1 March 2020

Interviews: 10 March 2020

Applicants should download interview instructions from the Royal Holloway recruitment website. Shortlisted candidates will be required to make a 10 minute presentation to a group of staff and industry partners that explains their research and experience of immersive technologies and how they would use this to support the development of new immersive storytelling experiences.

Royal Holloway is committed to equality and diversity, and encourages applications from all sections of the community. Read here about structures and initiatives around equality and diversity, including information on staff diversity networks. 

Please note that it will not be possible for the College to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship for successful candidates as this role does not fall into one of the standard occupational codes deemed eligible for sponsorship by UK Visas and Immigration and the pro-rata salary will not meet the minimum threshold set by UK Visas and Immigration. Successful candidates will therefore need to be eligible to work in the UK or have limited leave to remain in the UK and associated right to work for the duration of their employment with the College, in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. 

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Royal Holloway is committed to equality and diversity, and encourages applications from all sections of the community. Read here about structures and initiatives around equality and diversity, including information on staff diversity networks.


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