PALLS Postdoctoral Research Associate, KTP

Central London
£37,388 - £40,601 per annum
05 Mar 2021
28 Mar 2021
Contract Types
Full Time
Design Disciplines
Job Functions

PALLS Postdoctoral Research Associate, KTP

CLOSING DATE: 28 March 2021

SCHOOL/AREA: Research & Innovation



SITE: All three sites

SALARY: £37,388 - £40,601 per annum

Fixed Term for 2 years


The Royal College of Art, the world’s number one university for art and design, provides students with unrivalled opportunities to deliver art and design projects that transform the world.

Background information

The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design

The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design (HHCD) provides a dedicated focus for people-centred and inclusive design and innovation at the RCA. Established in January 1999 and building on its predecessor DesignAge programme initiated in 1991, the HHCD has built a large programme of research, knowledge transfer and international outreach to academic, voluntary sector and business communities. As the HHCD has developed in size and reputation, two Research Groups and two Impact Areas have been created to rationalise the operational and intellectual structure. The Research Groups are: Age & Diversity and Healthcare. The Impact Areas are Inclusive Design for Social Impact and Inclusive Design for Business Impact.

The HHCD has a portfolio of projects ranging from spanning academia, industry, government and the third sector. It recently won a £4.9 million grant from Research England to set up the Design Age Institute, working alongside its existing programmes. The Centre defined the term ‘Inclusive Design’ in 1994 and continues to develop theory and deliver practical projects in the field. It is considered a global thought leader in Inclusive Design, celebrating its 30-year anniversary in 2021.

Cartwright Pickard

Cartwright Pickard (CP) is an award-winning, research driven, architectural practice founded in 1996. The company designs and delivers architecturally innovative projects with a focus on the residential, workplace and education sectors. CP deliver buildings for a range of major housing associations, private developers and local authorities across England. CP has built a reputation for delivering innovative solutions to complex problems within the built environment and have a long history of delivering cutting edge and successful sustainable building designs.

Knowledge Transfer Partnership

KTP is one of Europe’s leading graduate recruitment programmes. High calibre graduates are employed to work on specific projects of strategic importance to companies, whilst being supported by a dedicated University or College. You will be employed by the RCA however your role will be based at Cartwright Pickard Architect’s London office (with working space also being provided at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design). 

We are looking for a Postdoctorate Research Associate who will be tasked with delivering research-driven architectural design outputs, supervised and supported by the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design (in terms of best practice and research in age-related work) and Cartwright Pickard (in terms of architectural application). The purpose is to contribute intellectually through research into international best practice, to the knowledge gap that exists in the Later Living home market, bringing designer/architect’s perspectives and skillsets to design new urban housing models for Later Living. The goal of the project is to develop a low-cost, aspirational ‘Later Living’ housing model including exemplar build project, integral to currently declining town & city centre communities. The model will embed world-leading inclusive design & ageing expertise within architectural innovation, pioneering new ideas to disrupt market stagnation.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will also be supported to undertake professional development activities and training throughout the project, acquiring new transferable skills that will enhance future employability. A training budget is available to support this development programme.

The ideal candidate must be able to demonstrate that they have at least one of the following:

  • PhD in Architecture or similar.
  • or equivalent level of experience in a different sector.
  • or a Masters qualification in Architecture and significant experience in research projects.

In addition:

  • Experience of undertaking high-quality, rigorous, and collaborative research leading to robust outcomes.  
  • Knowledge/interest in design for later life.
  • Excellent presentation, communication and workshop facilitation skills.
  • Evidenced flexibility and confidence to tackle a wide range of tasks, with an open, pro-active, creative and problem-solving approach.
  • Ability to work well amongst different stake-holder groups (e.g. academic, industry and third sector partners, in addition to prospective users of the designs developed).
  • Genuine commitment to the aims of the project.

Interviews and assessments are scheduled for 7 - 8 April 2021.

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