Research Fellow: Social & Global Research Space

Closing date

25 April 2017


Research & Innovation


Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design

Required hours

Full Time


Grade 9




£44,293 - £49,508 per annum

The Royal College of Art is the only entirely postgraduate institution of university status devoted to research and knowledge exchange, teaching and practice in art, design, communication and humanities. Its international reputation for excellence in teaching, practice and research has been recognised for three successive years by the highly regarded QS World Ranking survey, with the College ranked as the world's number one art and design university in 2015, 2016 and 2017. In 2016/17 the College has some 1,780 students registered for MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD degrees, over 400 full- and part-time academic, technical and administrative staff, and currently operates on two high profile sites in Kensington and Battersea.

The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design (HHCD) provides a dedicated focus for people-centred design and innovation at the RCA. Established in January 1999, the Centre has built a large programme of research, knowledge transfer and international outreach to academic, voluntary sector and business communities.

As the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design has developed in size and reputation, three research spaces have been created to rationalise the operational and intellectual structure. The research spaces are: Age & Diversity, Healthcare and Social & Global. This is a rare opportunity to join a world-class research centre in a leadership position, leading the Social and Global Research Space.

The successful candidate will undertake a range of activities, from overseeing the day-to-day activities of the Social & Global research space’s researchers, to setting the vision and research themes in conjunction with the Director of the HHCD, playing a central role in the future development and vision creation. They will interact with the Centre’s researchers, external research partners and sponsors, together with RCA studio departments and other academic staff to maintain profile, deliver projects and secure funding. 

It is essential that candidates have a track record in project leadership and delivery and in the securing of funding, ideally from research council and industry sectors. Experience of working in industry or in the academy in inclusive design, together with proven expertise and in depth knowledge of people-centred design are essential.They will have proven skills in project management and supervision, as well as client liaison and winning new business and research bids. A flexibility and confidence to tackle a wide range of tasks, together with a genuine commitment to inclusive design theory and practice are required.

Please note that this is a fixed term one year contract in the first instance, with potential for renewal.

Interviews are scheduled to take place on 4 May 2017. 

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