Academic Lead: Computer Science

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Role Managed by:

Nataliya Mykhalchenko

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Primary Practice Group: Arts, Culture and Sports

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 01/09/2019

Formal Interview Date: September

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Academic Lead: Computer Science

The Royal College of Art is the UK’s only entirely postgraduate university of art and design, dedicated to teaching, research and knowledge exchange with industry.  In 2019, the RCA was named the world’s leading art and design university for the fifth consecutive year by the QS World University Subject Rankings.

Located across three sites in central London (Kensington, White City and an expanding flagship innovation campus at Battersea, due for completion in 2021), the RCA has around 2,300 students from more than 75 countries, with ambitious plans both to increase student places to 3,000 by 2021/2 and to launch new programmes underpinned by its world-class research. The College’s global dimension is enhanced through extensive links with business and industry and its partnerships with leading art and design, cultural, and educational institutions, and has more than 450 permanent academic, technical and administrative staff, with more than 1,000 visiting lecturers and professors, including internationally renowned artists, designers, theorists and practitioners. These staff, together with innovative forms of teaching and learning, and dedicated technical facilities and research centres, all contribute to create an exceptional creative and intellectual environment and a remarkable record of graduate employment.

Building on the success of its existing research centres - the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, the HELIX Centre for healthcare innovation (a joint initiative with Imperial College London), the Intelligent Mobility Design Centre, and the Material Futures Research Group, the RCA is now in the early stages of establishing an interdisciplinary research centre in design-led Computer Science. This centre will undertake cutting-edge research at the interface between art, design and computer science, exploring areas including robotics, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, and advanced visualisation and simulation. The College is building research capacity in these fields, having established a design-led robotics lab in 2017, in which researchers combine advanced technologies and design approaches to explore fields including soft robotics, aerial robotics and issues of human-robot collaboration and interaction. Staff across the College’s schools and research centres have a history of winning grant and industry funding for design and computer science collaborations, including projects that explore design-led approaches to human interactions with digital technologies, artificial intelligence and immersive technologies, design for complex systems, visualisation and simulation, and digital economy projects.

The RCA is now seeking to appoint an Academic Lead in Computer Science, an ambitious early- to mid-career researcher with a strong research profile in Computer Science, and the interdisciplinary experience, intellectual curiosity and entrepreneurial approach necessary to develop design-led computer science research at the RCA, in preparation for the establishment of an industry-facing Computer Science Research Centre. Reporting to the Director of Research & Innovation and supported by a research centres operations team and the College’s Research & KE Office, the post-holder will work closely with academic colleagues in the RCA’s four schools, its other research centre directors, the College’s high-performing graduate incubator, InnovationRCA, and with the RCA’s professional service teams.

For further details and information on how to apply, please visit quoting reference 4132.

The deadline for this application is midnight (BST) on Sunday 1st September 2019.

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