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Post-Doctoral Researcher: Digital Research and Development Fund for the Arts

The Digital Research and Development Fund for the Arts is a strategic partnership between Nesta, Arts Council England and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. More than £7 million is being made available over three years (2012 – 2015) to support research and development projects that enable arts and cultural organisations to use digital technology to enhance audience reach and/or explore new business models. The Fund supports collaborations between arts and cultural organisations based in England, technology providers and academic researchers working in the arts and humanities and social sciences.

The funders are looking to appoint a Researcher to look at R&D processes across the entire portfolio of funded R&D projects that will be supported in England over the next two years.

The Researcher will be funded by the AHRC while they remain employed and based at his/her institution. The Researcher will be supervised by the Director for Creative Economy in Nesta’s Policy & Research Unit. Mentoring support will also be provided by the AHRC’s Associate Director for Programmes (Creative Economy).

Two year, part time

Start date December 2013

Full details of the role and its requirements, including background information, can be found in the Post-Doctoral specification (PDF) (PDF, 197KB)


Applicants must be of post-doctoral standing and are likely to be an early career researcher.  Preferably a doctoral degree in an arts, humanities or social science discipline; or equivalent, relevant professional qualifications or experience of research in the arts and humanities or the creative and cultural sector

All applicants must meet the standard AHRC contractual eligibility for investigators as outlined in section 3 of the Research Funding Guide (PDF).

This is a part time role and the successful applicant will remain based at their own institution. They will be expected to travel to visit the funded projects and to attend project meetings. Applicants should ensure that their application has the support of their research department/organisation and that they can be released from other duties as required within the period of the post.


The AHRC will fund a researcher (up to £54,000 fEC) to undertake the post on a part-time basis over a two year period. The grant should be costed (and funded) on the basis of full economic costs (fEC) calculated in accordance with TRAC methodology. Only staff costs, associated Estates and Indirect costs, and travel and subsistence may be claimed. Payment will be made directly to the RO as per standard award processes.