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Research Associate in Business and Innovation

Computer Science
Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
31,604 - 38, 832 a year
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Role Description

Digital Creativity Labs is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and motivated researcher in business and innovation to join our team, bringing a desire to work across disciplines, alongside some of the world’s leading experts, to change people’s lives through research in digital creativity. 

DC Labs ( is a world centre of excellence for impact-driven research in digital creativity, focusing on digital games, interactive media and the rich space where they converge as a result of a major, £18 million, investment by 3 research councils, the University of York, Durham University Business School, Falmouth University, Goldsmiths (University of London) and over 80 external partners. The postholder will be employed by, and based in York, and will have the opportunity to build strong connections with Durham University Business School as well as the other spoke sites.

The Role

You will be a key team member within DC Labs, working in a multidisciplinary team and independently under the supervision of Professor Kiran Fernandes (Durham), carrying out research and contributing to developing pragmatic and sustainable business models, which can achieve scientific and social values using convergent media. You will provide business development and innovation management support to DC Lab projects, which will develop and deliver a pipeline of business/innovation ideas that can potentially be commercialised.

You will work across disciplines and with external companies, organisations and partners (such as BBC, Sony, York Museums Trust, BT and many small games companies) to understand different approaches taken to innovation and commercialisation and translate this into insights which can be applied by others.  It is critical that you work as a team with fellow DC Labs colleagues and establish strong relationships with our project stakeholders.

You will need to analyse business data using mixed methods and disseminate this to a wide range of audience, including industry and academics. Some of this analysis will be achieved by conducting market analysis and collecting data from key individuals within partner companies.

You will have a post graduate degree in a business or technology management  or equivalent qualification (a PhD is desirable) and significant appropriate work experience with innovation management and/or experience of commercialising projects. You will have excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to work both collaboratively and independently.

The role will be based in York, with a vibrant community of interdisciplinary researchers, and working closely with Durham Business School, forging connections between the two sites. The substantial investment in digital creativity at the University of York and our partners provides an excellent launchpad to an academic research career or a career in research in the creative industries.

This post is available full-time on a fixed term basis for 24 months

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