Job: Research Associate (Interaction Design) at Newcastle University

Research Associate (Interaction Design)

Newcastle University

Salary:  £27,319 per annum
Closing Date:   23 July 2010

The School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape and Culture Lab is seeking to appoint a Research Associate to work on the PATINA (Personal Architectonics Through INteractions with Artefacts) project. PATINA is a £1.7m project jointly funded by AHRC and EPSRC through the Digital Economy Programme on ‘Designing Effective Research Spaces’.

The project is lead by Dr Mike Fraser at the University of Bristol and includes partners from Swansea, Greenwich, Southampton, Brighton along with Newcastle. The Newcastle team will be lead by Dr Martyn Dade-Robertson and the appointee will be employed by the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape and based in the University flagship interdisciplinary research facility Culture Lab.

The overall aim of the PATINA project is to design and build wearable prototypes that can enhance research objects by projecting related information back into their research space. These technologies will also provide the means to capture, record, and replay the researcher’s activities to support intuitive archiving, sharing and publication of interactions with research objects. The design of the technologies will draw on theoretical frameworks of space developed from studies of research spaces as diverse as libraries, museums, homes and archaeological fieldwork sites. The Newcastle press release can be found at

PATINA is a highly experimental project and, as such, calls for an RA candidate with exceptional creative skills as well as an ability to manage and coordinate activities across a wide range of different work packages with both academic and commercial partners from sectors as diverse as archaeology, media, interaction design and computer hardware and software development. The RA will be expected to engage in design-led research and integrate the findings of other project partners in order to brief and develop technology prototypes. The post will also require coordinating the setup of ‘living labs’ to test and validate the technologies developed. Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently are required.

To apply:

Informal enquiries about the post can be made by email to Dr Martyn Dade-Robertson (

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