Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Egham, United Kingdom
£35,333 to £41,743 per annum - including London Allowance
18 Feb 2019
End of advertisement period
01 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Department of Electronic Engineering

Location:      Egham
Salary:      £35,333 to £41,743 per annum - including London Allowance
Closing Date:      Friday 01 March 2019
Interview Date:      To be confirmed

Applications are invited for the post of ‘Post-Doctoral Research Assistant’ to join the new Centre for Digital Creativity (CDC) working within the Department of Electronic Engineering, Royal Holloway University of London.

Full-Time, Fixed Term

The Centre for Digital Creativity is an exciting new initiative to link cutting-edge research and teaching across Media, Electronic Engineering, Computer Science, Drama, Psychology, Management and Geography with links to high profile creative industries partners. StoryFutures is an ambitious project within the Centre that will provide an R&D base for screen industries to meet the challenge of next-generation storytelling, producing compelling content for emerging creative technologies, focusing particularly on immersive experiences.

The successful candidate will form part of a new research team working closely with colleagues across the CDC and some of the world’s leading creative companies. The post relates to ‘Audience Insight’, one of four main project themes, specifically focusing on audience reaction to the application of enhanced and new immersive features in the virtual and/or augmented reality (VR/AR) domains to enhance and to inform creative screen and technology industry practice. Alongside other post-doctoral researchers, the post-holder will be expected to provide short-term insight reports on technological enhancement use-cases for StoryLab. The primary purpose of this dynamic and industry-facing role is to produce R&D insight that returns value to StoryFutures partners and SMEs within the Gateway Cluster, fostering greater collaboration between Royal Holloway and industry partners.

Qualified to Doctoral level, the post holder will have a strong understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods and experience in creating and/or modifying existing immersive technologies, particularly in the context of creative immersive technology research and its perceptual consequences. Experience of researching in the realms of VR, AR, television, film, gaming or other media technologies. Practical experience of working with/within the creative industries would be an advantage as would awareness of the dynamics of value creation in networks.

The post holder is expected to be flexible and efficient with excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with academic, industrial and Governmental partners. The ideal candidate may have experience of writing funding applications as it is expected that the post holder will develop skills to write and pitch coherent funding applications to public and private sector bodies.

This is a full time, three year post, available from January 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The post is based in Egham, Surrey where the College is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London. The successful applicant will spend significant time liaising face-to-face with industry partners across the Gateway Cluster. An attractive relocation package is available.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Professor David M Howard

To view further details of this post and to apply please visit For queries on the application process the Human Resources Department can be contacted by email at:

Please quote the reference: 0219-070

Closing Date: Midnight, 1 March 2019

Interviews: To be confirmed

Applicants should download interview instructions from the Royal Holloway recruitment website. Shortlisted candidates will be required to make a 10 minute presentation to members of the team that explains their research on immersive technologies and how this might prove to be a novel addition for creative industries companies.

Please note that it will not be possible for the College to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship for successful candidates as this role does not fall into one of the standard occupational codes deemed eligible for sponsorship by UK Visas and Immigration. Successful candidates will therefore need to be eligible to work in the UK or have limited leave to remain in the UK and associated right to work for the duration of their employment with the College, in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006.

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