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Creative Technologist

Requisition ID:  18746

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  20-May-2022


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

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Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


Salary: £31,406 - £33,309 with progression to £40,927 per annum


Closing Date: 23 May 2022


The Role


We are seeking to recruit a Creative Technologist with a background in Industrial or Product design (or related fields), to work in Open Lab in the School of Computing in support of our research projects and to manage our Maker Space facility.


Open Lab is an interdisciplinary design and collaborative technologies research lab – based in the School of Computing at Newcastle University. We have a world-leading reputation for research in the academic field of Human-Computer Interaction and have pioneered research within that field that explores digital social innovation. We do real-world research that delivers impact. Much of our work is design-led and we have a well-provisioned Maker Space, with 3D printers, laser cutter, and various tooling and fabrication equipment. The lab plays host to a number of cutting-edge research projects such as our Centre for Digital Citizens and our Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Civics, which further fund a large interdisciplinary community of researchers.


The position of Creative Technologist for Open Lab will play a vital role in supporting our design-led research. The post holder will specifically be responsible for supporting the delivery of design projects and is expected to proactively collaborate with researchers, supporting and managing the use of relevant technologies and facilities, such as our maker space and contributing industrial and product design skills to live research projects.


You will be supported in your role by the lab’s academic team, who will provide ongoing mentoring and guidance and will define research projects and your role within them, alongside senior research staff.


You will benefit from being based within the multi-award winning Urban Sciences Building on the Newcastle Helix site, a ‘living laboratory’ and an exemplar of sustainable urban development in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne.


For more information about Open Lab, please click here.


For more information about the Urban Sciences Building, please click here.


This position is available immediately and is initially on a full time, fixed term basis until 30th September 2023.


For all informal enquiries about this position, please contact Prof. David Kirk (


Key Accountabilities

  • Responsible for supporting the delivery of design projects within the CDC, assisting collaborating researchers through the use of technical design skills
  • To lead on the selection and use of appropriate hardware and software, including technologies for manufacturing, for prototype development within projects
  • Collaborate with researchers to develop appropriate design solutions to research problems
  • Provide expert advice and assistance to clients and colleagues in problem-solving relating to design activities
  • Present work and provide updates, including the effective communication of complex or technical information, at project meetings and events
  • Develop and deliver training and support for Open Lab, and CDC technical staff, researchers and students to ensure effective use of relevant maker space technologies
  • Manage, maintain and develop our maker space facilities, including maintaining safety
  • Represent Open Lab and disseminate information about them and their work at public events
  • Undertake relevant training and development activities in order to develop an awareness of own professional development needs
  • Maintain and develop extensive knowledge to keep abreast of the latest/most relevant technologies and design techniques
  • Other duties within the scope and general nature of the grade as required


The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Experience of UI / UX design, Branding, Interaction Design, 3D Modelling
  • Experience of Prototype Fabrication using 3D printers, laser cutters, fabrication tools and open hardware platforms
  • Skills using relevant design tools, including Adobe Creative Suite, and such as Sketch, Figma, Motion design, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Solidworks, Keyshot, Wireframing, InVision
  • Track record of developing user interfaces and/or physical prototypes that are used by others
  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to present complex or technical information and the ability to work with interdisciplinary teams


  • Understanding of a broad range of design methods (e.g. User Centred Design, User Research, Personas and Storyboarding, Competitor analysis, Prototyping, Affinity Mapping, Service Blueprints, A/B Testing)
  • Experience of working with non-university stakeholders and partners
  • Management and maintenance of maker space facilities and provision of maker space skills training for diverse audiences
  • Software or hardware development experience in a research environment
  • Experience with health and safety legislation


Attributes and Behaviour

  • Ability to work on own initiative and prioritise tasks (time management)
  • Ability to work independently, and flexibly as part of a multi-disciplinary team and contribute to the development of effective and mutually supportive working relationships and practices
  • Willingness to support teaching/student activities
  • Passion and commitment in engendering an inclusive working environment
  • Demonstrates creative thinking (and encourages it in others) to develop responses to design problems and challenges



  • Degree in Industrial, Product or Experience design


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

Requisition ID: 18746