Job opportunity

14th December 2018

The Royal College of Art is seeking an outstanding researcher and teacher in the History of Design

The Royal College of Art is the UK’s only entirely postgraduate art and design university. In 2018/19 the College will have some 2,300 students registered for MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD degrees and over 450 permanent academic, technical and administrative staff, with more than 1,000 visiting lecturers and professors.

The School of Arts & Humanities brings together Programmes and research previously located in the Schools of Fine Art, Humanities and Material. The School has a distinctive research culture, based upon a dynamic interplay between theory and practice, and encompassing a broad range of subjects and approaches, from highly individuated scholarly and creative enquiry to projects concerning public policy and evaluation; from collections-based research to a speculative practice-focused enquiry.

The History of Design Programme is jointly offered by two world-leading centres for scholarship and creativity, the RCA and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A).  The Programme teaches and researches cultural, social, economic, political and technological history through artefacts and our interactions with them. Projects and expertise range across global geographies, from the fifteenth century to the contemporary, and draw on cognate areas such as geography, performance studies and design research.

The RCA is seeking an outstanding researcher and teacher in the History of Design, to contribute towards the on-going work of the School of Arts & Humanities and the Royal College of Art more broadly. The candidate will teach primarily on the Design & Material Culture pathway. As well as being able to support and respond to the work of MA and PhD students, the successful candidate will also be expected to teach from their own research by delivering workshops, seminars, lectures and crits in V&A/RCA MA History of Design and the other Programmes in the School.

Applicants should have substantial knowledge and experience of emerging and existing research/practice in the field of design history and demonstrate experience of working around themes and discourses that will further the diversity of the RCA community. It is essential that candidates have a PhD in a relevant specialism and demonstrable evidence of, or clear potential to produce, research outputs of at least 3* REF quality in line with the strategic direction of the College.

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