The Digital Cultures Research Centre is seeking a Research Fellow in Digital Cultures: The Automation of Everyday Life on a part time (50%) and fixed term basis until 31 August 2016.
From software agents, predictive systems and recommendation services, to robotics, drones, and artificial companions, automated text and design experiments, and on to the internet of things, the automation of choices, actions and production is already a crucial theme in the emergence of 21st century digital culture.
In this role you will play a key part in developing the DCRC’s research and knowledge exchange programme in the area of the automation of cultural production and practices.
You will engage with a significant expansion of DCRC activities in this rapidly emerging area. Working across the DCRC’s local community, through regional, national and international connections, the post holder will develop interdisciplinary dialogues and partnerships with researchers and digital producers on projects that address and/or experiment with critical or creative responses to the automation of everyday life. You will help to grow the DCRC network of media, arts, robotics and software researchers and practitioners around this area, supporting and initiating the development of proposals to a variety of external funding bodies.
You will assist on increased DCRC initiatives across this theme, taking a lead in co-ordination and organisational support of externally facing research and knowledge exchange activities with a view to maximising impact. In addition to developing and extending your own specific programme of research, you will be expected to publish at an international level. Acting as a member of the editorial team for the DCRC website, you will play an important part in the promotion and external communication of DCRC research.
As a candidate (I’m guessing) you should probably be theoretically informed and take a look at some of Bernard Stiegler’s recent work on automation (this is probably the impetus for the project). You should probably also take a look at the Pervasive Media Studio to get a sense of where the DCRC operates…
Here’s the full advert with the necessary instructions for application…