Postdoctoral Research Associate

Closing date

31 March 2018


School of Architecture


School of Architecture Research

Required hours

Full Time




£30,682 - £35,132 per annum

12 months fixed-term contract

The Royal College of Art is the UK’s only entirely postgraduate art and design university. In 2017/18 the College has some 2,000 students registered for MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD degrees and over 400 full- and part-time academic, technical and administrative staff.

The School of Architecture, based at the College’s Kensington and White City sites, provides a stimulating and vibrant cultural context for study in one of the world’s leading design cities. The distinctive College environment offers students the opportunity to realise live projects and to work alongside designers and fine artists in an intensive, postgraduate-only environment. Students are encouraged to extend their material, conceptual and technical skills – expanding the potential of their practice while forming a rich set of networks and creative partnerships able to sustain their future careers. The programmes in the School of Architecture expand the possibilities of architecture and its agency in the world by encouraging a speculative, independent and critical ethos among its students.

The RCA is collaborating with universities from China on the British Academy funded project Collective Forms: Neighbourhood Transformations, Spatialised Governmentality and New Communities in China led by Sam Jacoby. The project examines the changing effects of modernity and socio-spatial design in China through a comparative study of historical and contemporary urban developments and a series of symposia and workshops with international researchers from the arts, humanities and social sciences. The aim is to develop an interdisciplinary review of urban design policy and social policy in China with relevance to the future urban challenges in the UK.

The College is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate who will work on the project as part of the project team undertaking independent fieldwork, comparative urban studies and manage its public events and collaborations with project partners and local government. The role-holder will also contribute to research activity and research capacity in the field of City Design in the School of Architecture, and support the development of public research events.

It is essential that candidates have, or be about to be awarded, a PhD in architecture or urban design, and are fluent in written and spoken Chinese (Mandarin). The successful candidate will have experience in planning and undertaking independent research, including fieldwork, survey drawings and analysis of architectural or urban projects and conducting of interviews. Experience in working with stakeholders and participants from industry, academia, the public and government, is essential.

Closing date: 31 March 2018

Interview date: 9 April 2018

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The Royal College of Art is committed to equal opportunities for all and is a Two Ticks employer & Stonewall Diversity Champion. The College particularly welcomes applications from all sections of the community and would particularly encourage members of minority groups to apply.  

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