Research Associate in Sensory Arts

Bristol, United Kingdom
14 Oct 2019
End of advertisement period
11 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Division/School Academic Faculties
Contract type Fixed Term Contract
Working pattern Part time
Salary £33,797
Closing date for applications 11-Nov-2019

The Department of History is looking to appoint a Research Associate who will be supporting the Principal Investigator (Dr Victoria Bates) in the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship on ‘Sensing Spaces of Healthcare: Rethinking the NHS Hospital’. In the first year the RA will work part-time (0.5) with University staff, hospital arts organisations (the project has GOSH Arts at Great Ormond Street Hospital and Fresh Arts at Southmead Hospital in Bristol as named partners) and potential participants to design and gain ethical approval for a programme of arts-based research on sensory experiences of hospitals.

In years 2-4 the RA will have a full-time post conducting the research, working independently but under the supervision of PI and project partners. The exact research process will depend on the artist-researcher’s experience and skills, but there should be an element of working with participatory arts and/or co-producing artistic outputs with hospital patients, visitors and/or staff. The researcher should have an established record of working with these methods. The arts-based research will be part of a ‘design thinking’ process; the research will help to empathise with the experiences of those spending time in hospital and to identify sensory issues or challenges facing those people. The RA will work with participants, project partners and with other experts, including designers, to ideate and prototype responses to these challenges. The RA will also produce a high-quality exhibition for display with the project partners.

Start date: 27 January 2020
Grade: Research Associate, Pathway 2, Grade I

Contact for informal enquiries:

Dr Victoria Bates
Ms J Kinney Tel. +44 (0)117 331 7982

Timescale of appointment:

Short-listed candidates will be notified on or around 18 November 2019 and invited to interview. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to give a short presentation. They will be asked to provide at least one example of work on a relevant arts-based project and to outline their vision for this RA role.

Anticipated interview date: 2 December 2019

Cut-off date for submission of applications: 11 November 2019

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.