Professor of Creative Technologies and Director of Technology, StoryFutures

Egham, United Kingdom
£71,565 to £92,371 per annum - including London Allowance
11 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
09 Oct 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

Location: Egham
Salary: £71,565 to £92,371 per annum - including London Allowance
This is the expected starting salary for this post however appointment at a higher point may be made for candidates who demonstrate exceptional skills and experience relevant to the role.
Post Type: Full Time
Closing Date: 23.59 hours BST on Monday 09 October 2023
Reference: 0923-409

Full-Time, Permanent

Applications are invited for the post of Professor of Creative Technologies (and StoryFutures, Director of Technology)

Royal Holloway, University of London is committed to enabling high quality, impactful and inclusive research and education and to creating value through and for our people. In recognition of this, and our sector leadership in the area of creative industries a new Professorial post of Creative Technologies has been created: an exciting interdisciplinary role as a joint appointment between StoryFutures, the School of Engineering, Physical and Mathematical Sciences (EPMS); and the School of Performing and Digital Arts (PDA).

The postholder will provide leadership for research and development in creative technologies, ensuring that the opportunities of the StoryFutures and CoSTAR National Lab are integrated across all partners in the CoSTAR network and fully realised within both EPMS and PDA. They are expected to provide R&D and industry leadership for StoryFutures within the context of existing, and future, funding awards and the University’s wider creative industries strategic plan and priorities. 

 As StoryFutures Director of Technology, the postholder will form part of the leadership team responsible for setting and integrating technical vision within the strategies for StoryFutures and the CoSTAR National Lab: the UK’s largest-ever investment in creative industries R&D. 

CoSTAR National R&D Lab

StoryFutures, based at Royal Holloway, has recently been announced as the new CoSTAR National R&D Lab for Creative Industries, a £51.1m investment by the UK Government to ensure the UK’s screen and performance industries have the infrastructure and the skills to stay ahead.

By bringing together world leaders in technology, research and story, we will catalyse innovation for the UK’s Creative Industries. Partnered with Pinewood Studios, BT, Disguise and drawing on a huge network across the creative sector, the National Lab will place R&D at the heart of UK storytelling and storytelling at the heart of R&D. Our Lab will include large Stage and Studio space, featuring advanced creative computing technologies: a large-scale LED Volume, a 5G/6G Private Network, a Motion Capture rig, and a state-of-the-art creative Artificial Intelligence (AI) compute facility accessible across the UK.  

The CoSTAR National Lab will put the UK at the forefront of advanced computing technologies for the creative sector. 

 In return we offer a highly competitive rewards and benefits package including:

  •  Generous annual leave entitlement 
  • Training and Development opportunities
  • Pension Scheme with generous employer contribution 
  • Various schemes including Cycle to Work, Season Ticket Loans and help with the cost of Eyesight testing. 
  • Free parking 

The post is based in Egham, Surrey where the University is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London. 

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Professor James Bennett, Director, StoryFutures

 For queries on the application process the Human Resources Department can be contacted by email at: 

 Please quote the reference: 0923-409

Closing Date:  23:59, 09 October 2023  

Interview Date: To Be Confirmed

Please note that it will not be possible for the University 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. 

 Please can you also supply 

  • A CV
  • a two page letter outlining your suitability and interest in the role
  • An example of your research work (e.g. published paper, published data set, delivered project)

Further details:    Job Description     Person Specification     Further Particulars    

The university has adopted hybrid working for some roles therefore some remote working may be possible for this role.

Royal Holloway is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI), and encourages applications from all people regardless of age, disability, gender, marital status, parental status, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or trans status or history. More information on our structures and initiatives around EDI, including information on staff diversity networks, can be found on our Equality and Diversity Intranet page.