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Research Fellow: Value Networks in Next-Generation Storytelling

School of Management

Location:  Egham
Salary:  £35,333 to £41,743 per annum - including London Allowance
Closing Date:  Friday 11 January 2019
Interview Date:  Monday 21 January 2019
Reference:  0818-341

The role and its responsibilities: 

Applications are invited for the post of ‘Research Fellow: Value Network Innovation in Next-Generation Storytelling’ to join the School of Management at Royal Holloway University of London as part of the multi-disciplinary StoryFutures project. StoryFutures is a 4.5 year £12m project that brings together a consortia of HEIs, SMEs, trade bodies and major creative industries companies such as Pinewood Studios, Imaginarium Studios and Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe. The project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as part of a unprecedented investment made via the Creative Industries Clusters programme. In that setting, StoryFutures provides a vital research and development base for screen industries to meet the challenge of next-generation storytelling – producing compelling content for emerging creative technologies (e.g., augmented, virtual and mixed realirt), focusing particularly on immersive experiences.

‘Value Network Innovation’ is one of four main StoryFutures project themes, helping companies understand how network-based strategies, structures and process can be developed to maximise innovation related to next-generation storytelling processes, products and/or services. The post holder will contribute to the development of innovative (digital) business models and value propositions – working with project partners to both understand their current business models and value propositions and, over time, helping implement and assess innovations developed as part of StoryFutures. In addition, the post holder will also contribute to work related to the dynamics and development of creative networks – tackling issues of geographical dispersion and the challenges of realising new value creation through collaboration. The successful candidate will form part of a new research team working closely with colleagues across the project. You will work in collaboration with national trade bodies, local network partners as well as some of the world’s leading creative companies.

To be successful in this post you will need to be:

Qualified to Doctoral level, the post holder will have a strong understanding of business strategy – open innovation, business models and value conceptions in particular. Experience of supporting project delivery and working in a structured project framework/environment would be an advantage. Practical experience of working with/within the creative industries would also be an advantage as would awareness/experience of the dynamics of value creation in networks. Good communication skills and the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with both academic, industrial and Governmental partners are essential. The ideal candidate will have experience of funding applications: If not, it is expected that the post holder will develop skills necessary to write and pitch coherent funding applications to public and private sector bodies. 

Competitive Benefits package: 

Royal Holloway, University of London offers a highly competitive 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 
  • Enhanced provision for Maternity, Adoption and Shared Parental Leave 

This is a full time, three year post, available from 01 February 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. The post is based 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 Gateway Cluster.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Professor Mark Lycett at mark.lycett@rhul.ac.uk

To apply for this position please click on the 'Apply Now' button below. If you have any questions or require any assistance with regard to the application process, please contact recruitment@rhul.ac.uk

Completed applications must be received by 23:59 on Friday, 11th January 2019 to be considered.

Interviews: Interviews will take place on Monday, 21st January 2019. Shortlisted candidates will be required to make a 10 minute presentation to a group of staff and industry partners that explains their understanding of business model (and value proposition) innovation in the context of emerging creative technologies and the challenges faced. 

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The University is committed to equality and diversity, and encourages applications from all sections of the community.


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