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Research Associate

Theatre, Film, Television & Interactive Media
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University of York - Heslington Campus
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32,817 - 40,322 a year
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We are seeking to appoint a one-year research associate to work as part of the XR Stories project in the Department of Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media at the University of York. XR Stories is a £15 million investment by AHRC, the University of York, BFI and Screen Yorkshire – along with a wide range of creative and cultural industries partners and Yorkshire Universities. The project is set up to provide research and development funding to push forward the potential of immersive and interactive technologies for digital storytelling.


XR Stories recently funded 14 collaborative R&D projects which bring together SMEs and academics based in Yorkshire and the Humber. They are designed to explore, scope, develop or investigate the application of immersive/interactive technologies for digital storytelling.

The research associate will work on three tasks:

  1. Drawing on the funded projects, you will work to understand how R&D processes unfold in this part of the creative industries. Of particular interest is how SME activities are enabled and constrained by policy and funding cycles; how business models evolve in relation to XR; routes to market; IP development and protection; collaboration with partners; and new technology development and uptake.
  2. The research associate will undertake evaluation of the impact of the R&D funding for the award holders to understand what success looks like for the funders, SMEs, academic collaborators and sector. This work will help inform subsequent round of XR Stories funding schemes.
  3. Using insights from the first two tasks, you will undertake horizon-scanning into immersive and interactive storytelling to help enhance the Yorkshire and the Humber’s screen sector.

The role includes the following duties: designing and conducting interviews; development and execution of an evaluation framework; analysis and interpretation of research data; identification of future developments in immersive and interactive storytelling; collation and synthesis of researching findings; contribute to the preparation of research outputs for academic, business and policy audiences through publications, seminar and conference presentations; organisational and administrative activities connected to the research project.

Due to funding restrictions the successful candidate needs to be in post by the end of February 2020 at the latest.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • PhDor equivalent research experience in an area relating to the creative industries.
  • Knowledge ofthe creative industries enabling you to engage in high quality research in this field.
  • Knowledge of a range of research techniques and methodologies including interviews, literature review and synthesis.
  • Highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide-ranging audience, both orally and in writing, including businesses and policymakers.
  • Ability to develop research objectives, projects and proposals for own and joint research, with the assistance of a mentor if required.
  • Ability to establish and maintain relationships with a range of project partners, including SMEs.
  • We will add the University’s Equality and Diversity statement to all advertisements:

Interview date: To be confirmed

This post is available full-time, on a fixed-term contract for 12 months.

For informal enquiries: please contact Dr Jon Swords (

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