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Research Associate (AHRC)

University of Sheffield

Sheffield, United Kingdom

Summary:

Are you interested in working for a world top 100 university?

We have an exciting opportunity in the Department of Music for someone looking to use their research skills and knowledge to improve understanding of how artists work with traditional materials to engage contemporary audiences. You will join a
team of researchers, policy consultants, artists, musicians and project partner organisations across the UK who are working together to demonstrate how collaborative artistic projects utilising traditional storyworlds can enhance contemporary experience. You will be principally based in Sheffield, but also have the opportunity to engage with partners in other locations across the UK.

You will contribute to the delivery of, and document the processes involved with, collaborative artist workshops and performances-in-progress as part of the ‘Modern Fairies and Loathly Ladies’ project. This role requires excellent qualitative
research skills, as well as high level communication, team-working and project management skills. You will have a PhD (or equivalent experience) in a discipline within performer / audience research studies. Relevant research experience of working with audience development/artistic professionals is desirable. You should also be able to demonstrate a track record of delivering high quality research outputs.

The Department of Music at Sheffield is one of the largest and most thriving research environments globally. Likewise, the Sheffield Performer and Audience Research Centre (SPARC) is a world-leading interdisciplinary research centre dedicated to addressing the major challenges of performance studies. If you are passionate about tackling the decline in arts audiences and musical participation, we would love to hear from you!

We are committed to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit the individual and University.

We’re one of the best not-for- profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

• Develop the research brief to meet the aims of the AHRC award proposal and the needs of partner organisations in consultation with the PI and Co-I and in line with University of Sheffield ethical policies.
• Design and carry out established and experimental methods with artists, audiences and partner organisations including, but not restricted to, interviews, focus groups, vox pops, audience survey, participant observation and analysis of recorded and print media.
• Engage with the aims of the research through relevant reading and contribute to the analysis of data.
• Support communication between the team including PI, Co-I, Project Manager, Policy Support Officer, artists and representatives from Bristol Old Vic and Soundpost.
• Contribute to the dissemination of the project through sole and jointly authored presentations and publications, industry facing reports and public facing channels, including social media.
• Contribute to the research environment of the department through engagement with SPARC and other events as appropriate.
• Support the Project Manager with administrative tasks.
• Any other duties, commensurate with the grade of the post.


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