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Research Fellow: Next-Generation Audiences

Department of Media Arts

Location:  Egham
Salary:  £35,333 per annum - including London Allowance
Closing Date:  Thursday 31 January 2019
Interview Date:  See advert
Reference:  0818-555

Applications are invited for the post of ‘Research Fellow: Next Generation Audiences’ to join the new Centre for Digital Creativity in the Department of Media Arts, Royal Holloway University of London. The Centre for Digital Creativity is an exciting new initiative to link cutting-edge research and teaching across Media, Computer Science, Drama, Psychology, Management, Geography and Electronic Engineering with high profile creative industries partners. StoryFutures is an ambitious project within the Centre that will provide an R&D base for screen industries to meet the challenge of next-generation storytelling, producing compelling content for emerging creative technologies, focusing particularly on immersive experiences.

The successful candidate will form part of a new research team working closely with colleagues across the CDC and some of the world’s leading creative companies. The post relates to ‘Audience Insight’, one of four main project themes, specifically focusing on a long-range analysis of youth engagement and responses to immersive experiences and increasing personalisation of content to inform creative screen and technology industry practice. Alongside other post-doctoral researchers, the post-holder will be expected to provide short-term insight reports on audience use-cases for StoryLab. The primary purpose of this dynamic and industry-facing role is to produce R&D insight that returns value to StoryFutures partners and SMEs within the Gateway Cluster, fostering greater collaboration between Royal Holloway and industry partners. 

Qualified to Doctoral level, the post holder will have a strong understanding ofqualitative research methods, particularly audience research and longitudinal studies,as well as a wider understanding of related research methods, for example, focus groups, media diaries, etc. Experience of researching television, film, gaming or other media audiences and 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. The post holder 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. The ideal candidate may have experience of writing funding applications. It is expected that the post holder will develop skills to write and pitch coherent funding applications to public and private sector bodies. 

This is a full time, three year post. 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. An attractive relocation package is available. 

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: 0818-555

Closing Date:  Midnight, 31st January 2019

Interviews will take place on Monday 04 February 2019. 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 on media audiences and how this might provide useful insight for creative industries companies.

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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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