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Innovation Research Assistant/Associate (Creative Fuse NE)

Requisition ID:  11463
Location: 

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  06-Sep-2021

 

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.

 

Salary: Research Assistant: £28,756 - £29,614 with progression to £30,497  per annum

            Research Associate: £31,406 - £33,309 with progrerssion to £40,927 per annum

Closing Date: 4 October 2021

 

 

The Role 

 

The role will actively engage in applied research and business support activities as part of the collaborative Creative Fuse North East project led by Newcastle University. The role will come under the supervision of Newcastle University’s Principal Investigator for the project and operate as part of the central team delivering the Creative Fuse North East project.

 

This role is part funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and has been secured by the region’s five universities in order to make creativity and innovation work better within the Creative, Digital and IT (CDIT) and broader economies of the North East.

 

 

This will involve conducting applied research and business engagement activities through the delivery of the Newcastle University Creative Fuse innovation programme. This will include using a range of online and in-person participatory action research approaches and will include taking responsibility for, and leading, direct business engagement and support as part of the project’s innovation programme (this could include small-group workshop delivery, 1-2-1 support, and supervision of internships).

 

The role will include collaborating with academics in the Business School and wider HASS Faculty and contributing to and ideally leading the development of research publications, arising from engagements with North-East based SMEs developing their innovation capacity and creative potential. It will also contribute to the larger Creative Fuse programme and Research Group activity, both institutionally, but also within a regional and national context.

 

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Professor Jonathan Sapsed, Principal Investigator, Creative Fuse North East, at Jonathan.Sapsed@newcastle.ac.uk.  

 

 

The post is full time, fixed-term to 31st December 2022

 

Key Accountabilities

 

  • Conducting applied research and business engagement activities through the delivery of the Newcastle University Creative Fuse innovation programme. This will include using a range of in-person and online participatory action research approaches and will include taking responsibility for, and leading, direct business engagement and support as part of the project’s innovation programme (this could include small-group workshop delivery, 1-2-1 support, and supervision of internships)
  • Working with academics in the Business School and wider HASS Faculty, to co-develop and ideally lead research publication opportunities with conferences and academic journals
  • You will contribute to the larger Creative Fuse programme and activity, both institutionally, but also within a regional and national context
  • Contribute to the review of best practice in organisational Knowledge Exchange (KE) approaches as part of the Creative Fuse programme
  • To support the planning, design and delivery of an interdisciplinary (bringing together creative, innovation and enterprise academic areas) in online and in-person innovation support with regional SMEs
  • To work closely with academic colleagues, Project Director and Creative Fuse team to support the administrative processes of recruiting businesses, setting up and managing a broad programme of delivery and engagement
  • Organise and schedule resources, activities and events in collaboration with the project team, providing support for the project and delivery of monthly events, workshops and other business support and stakeholder engagement activities
  • To work with the wider Creative Fuse team and partners to identify collaboration opportunities. This will involve excellent communication skills, interpreting and understanding business needs and establishing support activities that meet and can deliver on the expectations of all parties whilst fulfilling the criteria of the Creative Fuse funders (ERDF and AHRC), strategic stakeholders, and the partner universities
  • To support analyses of data and data management in line with project objectives, under the supervision of the Principal Investigator and Project Director and in line with ethical protocols
  • To liaise with academic and sector collaborators under the supervision of the PrincipaI Investigator and Project Director, and help with the development of related impact and engagement activities
  • Contribute to the Business School Vision and Strategy and engaging with key interdisciplinary themes
  • Contribute to the research profile and outputs of the Business School as a result of relevant activities and engagement through the Creative Fuse North East project. This may include drafting / co-authoring high quality papers and articles, drawing on data generated through or by the project, and attending related conferences and/or dissemination events
  • Working with the Principal Investigator and Project Director support the profile, positioning and engagement of the Creative Fuse North East project across internal and external audiences i.e. academic and professional services colleagues, key external stakeholders, and businesses and practitioners working in the Creative, Digital and IT sectors. This will include contributing to and supporting the project’s internal and external communications
  • Monitor and evaluate service delivery to ensure compliance with regulatory and professional procedures and standards, including funding requirements
  • Support maintenance of administrative systems and reporting processes required in the delivery, monitoring and evaluation of activities during the Creative Fuse North East project
  • Analyse data and statistics and support the Principal Investigator and Project Director in providing reports to University colleagues, funders and stakeholders
  • Plan and organise own workload with or without involvement with project work streams, prioritising tasks in line with funding requirements
  • Contribute to collaborative decision making within the team with service provision to deliver an excellent stakeholder experience in accordance with University and project policy and procedures
  • Work collaboratively across the organisation and/or externally with colleagues and stakeholders to deliver project activities
  • Support the capture of business requirements from users and work with colleagues to translate these into recommendations for future service provision
  • Liaise with contacts and participate in networks and communities internally and externally, contributing to effective collaborative working
  • Occasional travel to attend project meetings and activities located at partner universities or other venues in the North East (*subject to post-COVID-19 processes and access)
  • On-campus, off-site and from-home as circumstances dictate
  • Any other reasonable duties

 

The Person (Essential)

 Knowledge, Skills and Experience

 

  • In-depth knowledge of partnership working between academia and business and understanding of ‘best practice’ approaches to such collaboration and engagement
  • Good understanding of participatory and co-creative research methods
  • An awareness of the North East Creative/Cultural/Digital/IT sectors and SME business communities and networks
  • Strong communication skills in relation to; languages used in academic areas of creativity, innovation and/or enterprise
  • Strong ability to engage enthusiastically with various different collaborators and stakeholders
  • Ability to work well both independently and as part of a small team including when working with external collaborators/research/delivery participants
  • Excellent interpersonal, team working and communication skills
  • Excellent organisational skills including ability to prioritise tasks and successfully work to deadlines
  • Strong ability to design and deliver formal presentations to a range of stakeholders, both academic and non-academic
  • Experience of designing and leading cross- and inter-disciplinary participatory research/ workshops and events on-line and face-to-face
  • Evidence of direct engagement through applied research, with stakeholders outside of academia
  • Experience of working on the front line with service delivery, and the ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines without compromising on quality
  • Proven IT skills, including use of Microsoft Office
  • Evidence of personal development to maintain skills
  • Demonstrable ability to provide advice and guidance to a range of customers and colleagues
  • Ability to solve problems as part of a team and resolve issues, plan solutions and make pragmatic decisions
  • Ability to effectively network
  • Have the ability to use tact and discretion and be confidential when required
  • Have the ability to use initiative
     

Qualifications

 

  • An undergraduate degree in a relevant subject
  • PhD for Associate level (or, submitted and awaiting viva for Assistant level) in a creative/innovation/enterprise methods related field (Desirable)

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.

 

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.

 

We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all.  You can learn more about what is available here on our Benefits Website page.

Requisition ID: 11463