UWE Bristol Job Ad: Interactive Factual Media (UK)

Research Fellow – Interactive Factual Media (Digital Cultures Research Centre)
University of the West of England, Bristol – Department of Film & Journalism
Closes: 1st March 2017

Whether webdocs, interactive journalism, docugames, virtual reality, data storytelling; digital culture has seen the emergence and proliferation of new interactive factual forms, and the transformation of twentieth century modes of production, exhibition and reception. The i-Docs group within the DCRC explores these developments and their potential for producers, audiences and subjects. The centre now seeks a Research Fellow who will develop, disseminate, promote and strengthen DCRC’s research and knowledge exchange programme in this area.

Working across the DCRC’s local community, through regional, national and international connections, you will keep abreast of developments in the field; analysing and contextualising them in order to identify research themes and questions. You will work in partnership with researchers and creative industry on projects that address the critical or creative potentials of interactive factual, developing and supporting new research initiatives and grant proposals to a variety of external funding bodies. You will deliver high quality peer-reviewed research outputs and contribute to the preparation of outstanding REF impact case studies. In addition you will play a lead role in delivering & developing the i-Docs symposium and related events, including planning and execution. The role will include managing the i-Docs website and associated social media platforms, developing their potential for profile, research and knowledge exchange.

Qualifications – You will be nearing completion or have completed a PhD in a relevant field

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious and focused researcher to develop research in this emerging field as part of a highly engaged critical and creative community. The post-holder will work closely with DCRC professors and the centre director, with engagement across the research centre network.

Campus/location: City Centre
Fixed Term end date: 31 March 2019
Fixed term period (yrs/mths): 2 years

Watershed Professor of City Futures (University of the West of England job ad)

Watershed Professor of City Futures
University of the West of England, Bristol – Film & Journalism
Closing date: 31 March 2016

An ambitious university, UWE Bristol is committed to advancing knowledge, inspiring people and transforming futures.

The Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education is seeking to appoint a Professor who will investigate the inter-relationships between Bristol’s citizens, its public spaces, and the digital creative interventions allowed by the context of ubiquitous and pervasive computing. Embedded within the city, in dialogue with partners and projects, the post-holder will bring an insider vantage-point to a critical examination of the practices and impacts of digital media in the city region and beyond.

The Watershed Professor of City Futures will be based at the Digital Cultures Research Centre in the Pervasive Media Studio, within UWE’s City Campus, but will engage in an interdisciplinary dialogue across the University. The postholder will work closely with the Watershed’s digital innovation processes, including the Playable City initiative and the growing international network of partners in that project.

The Digital Cultures Research Centre (DCRC) enables, supports and promotes world-leading research into innovative creative practices – economies, pleasures, publics – in a context of rapid digital transformation. We study the application, practices and politics of emerging technologies; we critically reflect on their ethics, values and aesthetics.

The current focus of the DCRC is on four broad research themes: Playable Media, Future Documentary, The Automation of Everyday Life and Creative Economy. 2015/2016 sees the Centre hosting research seminar series on Cultural Value and the Anthropocene, and holding the fourth i-Docs Symposium – the UK’s only conference on interactive documentary. The Rooms festival marks the culmination of the REACT project, with evaluation and publication underway. Meanwhile, a new MA in Creative Producing is in development for 2016, in collaboration with Pervasive Media Studio.

If you would like an informal discussion, please contact Peter Rawlings.

Salary details:
UWE Bristol operates a competitive merit pay scheme for its professors which can significantly extend the baseline salary.