Senior Research Associate AiDesign Lab: Real World Artificial Intelligence Narratives (1.0FTE - flexible, FTC 24 months) - 2 roles available

Date advertised

14 May 2022

Closing date

25 May 2022


School of Arts & Humanities and the School of Communication


School of Arts & Humanities and the School of Communication

Required hours

Full Time


All three sites


£37,910 - £41,171 per annum

The Royal College of Art is the UK’s only entirely postgraduate institution of art and design, dedicated to teaching, research and knowledge exchange with industry. The RCA has been ranked the number one university-level institution for art & design, internationally, for the eighth consecutive year according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2022.

Radical Matter proto-Centre: Art, Philosophy, Wild Science

The Radical Matter proto-Centre (RCA) foregrounds a practice-led approach to Artificial and Distributed intelligence, led by contemporary art and philosophy (logics of sense, traditional, media, electronic and digital poetics, cultural and political narrative structures) alongside advances in the wild sciences (quantum physics, super positionality, non-locality). It includes the PhD research group Entanglement (30+ PhD researchers and international scholars), and the MA School unit (Radical Matter), welcoming researchers within the School of Arts and Humanities and across the College.

Digital Direction

Digital Direction (RCA) addresses our urgent need for inclusive and relevant storytelling. Our programme examines the emergence of new technologies for telling stories, such as AI, VR, AR and mobile platforms, alongside the future of storytelling itself. Our purpose is to inspire communication practitioners to approach contemporary communication critically, and to discover new and meaningful ways to tell stories in our world today. The programme is not just open to practitioners from the arts but also to journalists, writers, musicians, theatre makers and anyone who wants to experiment creatively and collectively with new narrative approaches driven by ethical, environmental, epistemological and social imperatives. It is for students who want to use emerging storytelling tools and technologies critically, working with others to assemble and amplify stories that should be told and heard.

Applications are invited for 2 Senior Research Associates for the, 1.0FTE (flexible), 2 year project: ‘Real World AI Narratives’, led by the Radical Matter proto-Centre and Digital Direction, sets out to address gaps in community-led and collective knowledge in the conceptualisation and application of AI in digital storytelling. Investigating multimodal generative narratives, narrative forms, and narrative structures, the project aims to explore (1) identity formation in emerging relationships between narrators, contexts and audiences, (2) community concerns, meaning making and forms of expression in digital storytelling, and (3) collective agency in interpreting or creating real-world, community-led public AI narratives. Through working directly with communities, the project aims to explore ethical dimensions, problems, and limitations of AI in digital storytelling, including narrative biases, issues associated with trust, storing and sharing collective storytelling data, and transparency, authorship and control in community-led storytelling practices. Situating these concerns in public environments and exchanges, the project seeks to examine the conditions around which ethical forms of communication, and interdisciplinary pathways to new pedagogical frameworks for collective AI narratives in digital storytelling can emerge.

The successful candidates will undertake high quality, rigorous and collaborative research, producing research outputs suitable for submission to the national Research Excellent Framework. You will use your excellent writing and communication skills to contribute to presentations, tailoring content and style to a broad range of specialist and non specialist audiences.  You will have strong interpersonal and team-working skills, along with ensuring compliance with procurement, health and safety and confidentiality around GDPR at all times.  

The Senior Research Associate will be required to spend time in Hong Kong at least once a year for the employment period.

Closing date for applications is Midnight on: 25th May 2022

Interviews are likely to be: TBC

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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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