Research Assistant, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Coventry, United Kingdom
£26,723 - £35,856 per annum
31 Oct 2019
End of advertisement period
22 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Application closing date 22/11/2019
Faculty / School or Service Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Salary £26,723 - £35,856 per annum
Package As one of Coventry's biggest employers, we offer some pretty impressive benefits including an excellent pension scheme and generous holiday allowances.
Job category/type Research

Job description

The Centre for Postdigital Cultures (CPC), established in 2017, is a major new initiative that builds on the strong and distinctive track record of scholars at the university encompassing a range of disciplines in the arts and humanities. This is the chance for you to play a significant practical role assisting team members in the development of research activity within the emerging field of postdigital cultures. 

Located within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Coventry University and led by Professor Gary Hall, the Centre explores how innovations in postdigital cultures can enable 21st century society to respond to the challenges it faces at a global, national and local level. The ideal candidate will be willing to get involved in all aspects of the Research Centre.

  • how we receive, consume and process information
  • how we learn, work, and travel
  • how we engage and regenerate our communities 

The CPC takes an innovative stance in exploring (post)digital phenomena. It is our position that the "digital" can no longer be understood as a separate domain of media and culture. If we actually examine the digital - rather than taking it for granted we already know what it means - we see that today digital information processing is present in every aspect of our lives. This includes our global communication, entertainment, education, energy, banking, health, transport, manufacturing, food, and water-supply systems. Attention therefore needs to turn from "the digital", to the various overlapping processes and infrastructures that shape and organise the digital, and that the digital helps to shape and organise in turn.

Put another way, what we are interested in is how we are born out of our relation to media, rather than seeing the media simply as an external instrument or tool, the latter being the classical Aristotelian view that has dominated our understanding of media technologies to date. The CPC investigates such enmeshed digital models of culture, society, and the creative economy for the 21st century "postdigital" world.

Our main research themes are:

  • Affirmative Disruption and Open Media
  • Immersive Culture and International Heritage
  • Postdigital Intimacies
  • Post-capitalist creative communities

The role of the Research Assistant is to assist with all aspects of the research centre. It typically involves a range of duties and responsibilities relating to research and consultancy activity, and to international research funded bids and projects. This can include: writing summary reports to stakeholders and funders; producing statistical and other analyses and publications; and preparing and assisting with papers and posters for peer-reviewed submission.

You will also support the communication of outputs of research activity. This is likely to involve: the expert use of all types of social media and media technologies, contributing to presentations, videos, workshops, seminars and local/national peer-reviewed conferences, and preparing papers for steering groups and other bodies. You will also undertake your own small projects.

As one of Coventry's biggest employers the University will provide an excellent benefits package and a personal and professional development programme that will help you to achieve your aspirations.

The closing date for application is 11.59pm on Friday 22nd November 2019

For more information on the Centre for Postdigital Cultures, see

Informal enquiries about this post should be addressed to Jacqueline Cawston -

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