Digital and Service Design Graduate Research Associate, RCA / Ogilvy Health, KTP (Fixed-term)

Date advertised

13 March 2023

Closing date

10 April 2023


School of Design


Service Design

Required hours

Full Time




£40,670 - £44,029 per annum

Fixed Term until 31/03/25

Founded in 1837, the Royal College of Art is the world’s largest community of postgraduate art and design students. It is also the oldest art and design university in continuous operation and has been ranked as the world ‘s number 1 art & design university for a remarkable nine consecutive years, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023 – the largest world-wide survey of academic and industry opinion.

Applications are invited for a Digital and Service Design Graduate Research Associate. This project is a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between the Royal College of Art and Ogilvy Health to develop a unique Digital Graphic Design System that will allow doctors to read and understand new medical data quickly and easily, on digital devices. It will help these doctors make more informed decisions with their patients about different treatment options.

The Royal College of Art, the world’s number one university for art and design, provides students with unrivalled opportunities to deliver art and design projects that transform the world.

The RCA's approach is founded on the premise that art, design, creative thinking, science, engineering and technology must all collaborate to solve today's global challenges.

RCA students are exposed to new knowledge in a way that encourages them to experiment. Working across scientific and technical canvases and beyond set boundaries, RCA students seek to solve real-world problems.

Service Design Programme, School of Design 

The Service Design Programme is the world leading Service Design Masters course. With over 150 students each year, graduates shape service experiences for commercial and public sector organisations from financials services, healthcare, technology, government and the public sector.

Ogilvy Health (the business partner)

Ogilvy Health is the specialist health division of Ogilvy, recognised by the World Advertising Research Council as the most creative network in the world, for the third year running. The agency provides pioneering medical education and marketing services to some of the world’s leading health and pharmaceutical companies. Its ethos is borderless creativity.

The KTP Research Associate will be tasked with 

  • Developing and delivering a new and integrated approach for a Digital Graphic Design System that makes the visual representation of medical data in journals and associated pharmaceutical company communications, easy to read and easy to understand.
  • The system will be designed to incorporate a range digital devices, especially the smartphone to facilitate optimum experiences for doctors
  • Embedding new graphic design knowledge within the business that will augment the business' expertise in medical education, enhance its reputation for creative communications, and align with its ethos of borderless creativity

If you are interested in finding out more, please see the information pack for further details.

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The Royal College of Art is an equal opportunities employer. 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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