Research Associate - Global Health Index

Closing date

26 April 2018


Research & Innovation


Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design

Required hours

Full Time




£30,682 - £35,132 per annum

Fixed Term

Fixed term for 7 months anticipated to start in May 2018

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 Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design (HHCD) is the College’s largest and longest running centre for design research, founded in 1991. It is endowed by the Helen Hamlyn Trust with a remit to advance the study and practice of design that contributes to improving quality of life for people of all ages and abilities. The centre employs around 30 staff and has an annual income in excess of £1.5 million. It derives funding from a variety of sources: the Helen Hamlyn Trust, other third sector organisations, business and industry, UK Research Councils and European funding programmes. The HHCD’s work is organised into three research spaces: Age & Diversity, Healthcare and Social and Global. 

The HHCD is collaborating with leading engineering consultancy company WSP to research and design a new Global Health Index. The aim of the project is to compare healthcare policy, services and infrastructure of cities and regions around the world, creating an index of value to the industry, and to position WSP as thought-leaders in the field.

The HHCD is seeking to appoint a Research Associate, full time, on a seven month fixed term contract, The Research Associate from the RCA will investigate the possibilities for a new Global Health Index comparing the healthcare policy, services and infrastructure of cities and regions around the world. They will explore what data is available and how it can be compared and interrogated to produce an index of value to the industry, and how this index can be a basis for an engaging platform of events for WSP throughout their territories, stimulating new thinking and positioning them as thought-leaders in the field.

It is essential that the appointed candidate has a first degree in a relevant discipline and a Masters from the Royal College of Art. The successful candidate will have a proven interest in people-centred design research and methods, and data science and/or global healthcare. They will have the ability to work methodically and to identify, analyse and interpret data, as well as strong data visualisation and presentation skills.

Candidates must have confidence working within the engineering profession, and to engage different stakeholder groups including industry experts. In addition, the successful candidate will be a self-starter with ability to work both in a team and autonomously. The role requires excellent written communication and workshop facilitation skills.

Closing date: 26 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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