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Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Vocal Accessibility (0.6FTE, FTC for 12 months)

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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 and design, internationally, for the eighth consecutive year according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2022.

The purpose of this post:

This post involves making a significant contribution to industry and third sector projects addressing the challenges of inclusive design in the 21st century. The key design research focus is on ‘Vocal Accessibility’ in the context of existing and emerging digital technologies.

The post will deliver design and research activities, engaging across different disabilities, to develop new knowledge and design ideas. They will work with an existing industry partner and liaise with the British Standards Institute to support creation of a new standard in Vocal Accessibility, that can be adopted  by designers and businesses during new product innovation. They will work with partners across industry, government, public sector and community organisations and policy makers. Working with an HHCD Senior Research Fellow and the HHCD Director, they will play a role in future development of inclusive design research to build the Age & Diversity Research Area’s portfolio and deliver a successful, impactful project using the tools and practices of Inclusive Design. 

Duties and responsibilities:

  • To coordinate and deliver project activities for the Vocal Accessibility project within the Age & Diversity Research Space, developing a day-to-day plans for project activity within the framework of the agreed programme, coordinating with the project lead/team to ensure alignment with overall goals and avoid project conflict or duplication of effort. 
  • To undertake research and/or design on the project: this may include preparing, setting up, and conducting field work or user research, running workshops, stakeholder analysis, user journey mapping or other activities as appropriate to the project methods.
  • To record and document the outcomes of the project, providing specific outputs as agreed with the project partner. These may include providing design exemplars, reports, presentations, or academic outputs.
  • To present information on project progress and outcomes to internal colleagues and external parties as agreed with the project lead. This may include at Centre events or partner meetings.
  • To support and participate in project and Centre team meetings and activities, events and workshops, contributing ideas for development, delivery and promotion of projects.
  • To use and develop local (HHCD) research techniques and methods and contribute ideas from the project into the Centre’s portfolio of methods and projects.
  • Where appropriate, to prepare and submit project proposals in collaboration with Centre team members: analysing partner needs, identifying project delivery methods, writing/editing proposal text, and identifying project resource requirements.

For more information on the role please see the Info Pack.  

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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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