Chair of Material and Design Innovation

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Chair of Material and Design Innovation
Vacancy Ref: :  039420  Closing Date :  27-Apr-2017
Contact Person :  Juliette MacDonald  Contact Number :  +44 (0)131 651 5717
Contact Email :  juliette.macdonald@ed.ac.uk
Applications are invited for the position of Chair of Material and Design Innovation.
We are seeking to appoint an outstanding designer/maker to the post. The major remit of the role is to provide outward-facing strategic leadership in making and innovation by supporting the University’s strategic themes: influencing globally; contributing locally, maintaining and creating partnerships with creative industries. There will also be a requirement to be involved with enhancing learning and teaching initiatives within the School of Design and ECA more generally.
Person Specification
You will have a specialism in Jewellery and Silversmithing and particular expertise and interests in bridging digital technologies and traditional ways of making in order to develop new modes of thinking and practice from an inter-disciplinary perspective. You will have a level of digital expertise and be interested in leading digital technologies in the role. Key objectives for the successful appointee will be to help develop the School’s public research and innovation profile and increase research income.
Your record of recent work will be commensurate with an internationally recognised research profile for the 2020 REF. You should be able to demonstrate experience of leading research at the highest level including securing prestigious research grants. A record of successful supervision of research students and researchers is also essential.
In addition to making a major contribution to the School of Design, the successful applicant will play an active and collegiate role within the Edinburgh College of Art, the wider University and the external environment, both nationally and internationally.
This position is full time and open-ended.
Salary Scale: Professorial Scale
Closing Date: 5pm (GMT) on Thursday 27th April 2017
Candidate Information
The University of Edinburgh has been instrumental in shaping history for over 400 years. An exciting, vibrant, research-led academic community we offer opportunities to work with leading international academics whose visions are shaping tomorrow's world. Our 22 Schools, spread across 3 Colleges, offer over 350 undergraduate and 160 postgraduate courses to more than 30,000 students each year. As a member of staff, you will not only be part of one of the World's leading Universities, but also part of one of the highest recruiting employers in Edinburgh, with over 11,000 people spread across a wide range of academic and supporting roles.
Edinburgh College of Art
As of 1 August 2011 the University of Edinburgh’s School of Arts, Culture and Environment and Edinburgh College of Art came together to form the larger new Edinburgh College of Art within the University of Edinburgh’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The new ECA has five main subject areas – Art, Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Design, History of Art and Music – and our mission is to promote critical inquiry in these areas through scholarly research, teaching and creative practice. Almost 3,000 students study programmes within ECA.
The School of Design at the University of Edinburgh
The School of Design consists of twelve subject Areas; Animation, Design Informatics, Fashion, Film & TV, Glass, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Jewellery & Silversmithing, Performance Costume, Product Design and Textiles. Students can study at UGT, PGT and PGR levels in all these subject areas.
In the School of Design we work across the disciplines within the School to develop methods and approaches to people and culture that equip our students to design excellence into our lives. We encourage our designers to work collaboratively to create creative and research visions and identities that are both innovative and sustainable.
Research
Edinburgh College of Art has a vibrant research community reflecting the diverse expertise of its members and the disciplines it brings together. Based across five Schools and numerous research centres, our varied projects use and develop methodologies that can be speculative, process-driven or product-oriented. Our strength is in also fostering rich, creative relationships between investigators and across lines of critical inquiry, leading to both depth and breadth of understanding across art, design, culture, architecture, environments, media and music.
The School of Design is currently home to two research centres and three research groups:
• The Centre for Design Informatics
• The Scottish Documentary Institute
• DISIGN
• Lines
• RAFT
Edinburgh College of Art
Teaching
The location of the School of Design in a large multi-disciplinary and research-intensive University allows students to undertake courses outside the School. The University has a tradition of encouraging this inter-disciplinarity, beginning at undergraduate level.
The School of Design encourages active researchers, working in a wide range of fields, and their research interests strongly inform their teaching, both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Breadth and Diversity
The School of Design at Edinburgh encourages a wide range of approaches and methods to the study of the design disciplines, to concepts and practices of innovation, and to material culture, its activities in this regard are enriched by the School’s physical, cultural and organisational proximity to the Schools of Art, ESALA, History of Art and the Reid School of Music in ECA.
Jewellery and Silversmithing is a long-standing discipline within ECA and has an established and outstanding reputation for fresh, exuberant work that demonstrates creative and conceptual originality and a profound practice-based understanding of a broad range of materials. Considerations of material and materiality and design innovation drives a curriculum that supports reflective understanding of the subject and its wider industrial, commercial and cultural contexts. The considerations in question also support students and staff, while challenging the perceived boundaries of the subject. A breadth and depth of teaching and learning balances practice with innovation to create artefacts that share a common sensitivity to the complex relationships that humans form with objects.
An impressive track record of employability establishes many graduates from the School of Design in the field as leading designer-makers, industrial designers, teachers, artists and many other related positions within and across their respective disciplinary field. Our alumni base is formidable, with graduates establishing their practice internationally and nationally throughout the Arts and Creative Industries.
The School of Design also supports key collective research themes and priorities through thematically organised research clusters encompassing many of our academic staff and a growing cohort of PhD students.
The Post
We are seeking to appoint an outstanding designer/maker to the post. The major remit of the post is to provide outward-facing strategic leadership in making and innovation by supporting the University’s strategic themes: influencing globally, contributing locally, maintaining and creating partnerships with creative industries. There will also be a requirement to be involved with enhancing learning and teaching initiatives within the School of Design and ECA.
Person Specification
You will have a specialism in Jewellery and Silversmithing and particular expertise and interests in bridging digital technologies and traditional ways of making in order to develop new modes of thinking and practice from an inter-disciplinary perspective. Key objectives for the successful appointee will be to help develop the School’s public research and innovation profile and increase research income.
The post holder will have an international reputation in the discipline, and a record of recent publications commensurate with an internationally recognised profile for the forthcoming 2020 REF.
Applicants should be able to demonstrate experience of internationally leading research at the highest level including building teams of researchers and securing major research grants. A record of successful supervision of research students and research assistants/postdoctoral researchers is also essential.
In addition to making a major contribution to the School of Design, the successful applicant will play an active and collegiate role within Edinburgh College of Art, the wider University and the external environment, both nationally and internationally.
Job description
The post holder will be based in the School of Design, within Edinburgh College of Art in the University of Edinburgh’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
The successful applicant will have responsibility to:
    Lead and extend research in the area of Jewellery and Silversmithing within the School of Design
    Lead research funding applications to appropriate major grant awarding bodies
    Present, exhibit and/or publish research outputs in appropriate, high quality settings
    Chair Craft (the School of Design’s research network for digital technology and traditional ways of making)
    Provide leadership for other colleagues, assisting them in publishing and/or exhibiting their research and gaining external research funding
    Provide academic vision and leadership
    Recruit and supervise research students to successful completion
    Teach in Jewellery and Silversmithing and other School of Design and ECA subject areas allied to their research specialism
    Develop and demonstrate research impact beyond academia
    Develop research partnerships with external stakeholders in Design
    Work in collaboration with other staff and assume leadership responsibilities within the School of Design and Edinburgh College of Art if and when required
    Undertake other duties as determined by the Head of Design and the Principal of Edinburgh College of Art.
Selection Criteria
The successful applicant will demonstrate the following:
    An international reputation evidenced by substantial contributions to the discipline
    A substantial track record in attracting research funding, particularly from peer-reviewed sources
    Ability to manage research projects
    Evidence of successful research leadership of early career researchers and/or research project teams
    Experience of doctoral supervision and research degree completions
    Evidence of developing and delivering high quality research-led teaching to both undergraduate and postgraduate students
    Additional evidence of high-level peer esteem demonstrable through, for example, invitations to participate in international events, present national and international keynote presentations at conferences or festivals, editorial board membership, office in learned societies etc.
    Experience of working with the relevant stakeholders within local and international cultural enterprises
    An enthusiastic, positive and creative approach to teaching and research, the ability to work as part of a team, the ability to manage a team, openness and a commitment to cultural diversity and inclusion
Knowledge
Essential:
• High level knowledge of Jewellery and Silversmithing and associated design practices
• Knowledge and experience of funding bodies in the Arts and in Humanities (and, where possible and relevant, beyond)
• Experience of teaching to the highest levels
Skills
Essential:
• Highly effective research, teaching and general communication skills
• Ability to produce creative work at the highest level and to manage research projects that address complex and pertinent research questions
• Ability to work confidently and effectively with a diverse student cohort
• Demonstrable critical, informed and scholarly capacity to engage with a range of teaching mediums including online learning and teaching
Desirable:
• Ability to work effectively with local and international creative industries and cultural and educational enterprises
Education and Training
Essential:
• Doctorate or equivalent professional status
Desirable:
• A qualification in University Teaching
• A qualification in research methods
Experience and achievement
Essential:
• Internationally respected personal research record with research outputs appropriate for inclusion in the Unit of Assessment’s 2020 Research Excellence Framework submission
• Strong track record of leading the development and submission of successfully funded research proposals
• Detailed understanding of the research strategies of major UK research and innovation funders
• Project management skills commensurate with leading research projects to successful completion
• Demonstrable experience of working/networking with a range of researchers and stakeholders across the discipline of Design
Desirable:
• The ability to work across multiple disciplines and perspectives relating to contemporary Design practices
Personal attributes
• Ability to lead teams and work within teams with a collegial attitude, respect and sensitivity toward students and other staff members
• Ability to think ambitiously and creatively about both teaching and research
• Evidence of being proactive, enthusiastic and highly motivated in developing and delivering new creative and/or research initiatives
Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Juliette MacDonald, Head of School of Design Juliette.macdonald@edc.ac.uk, or Professor Chris Breward, ECA Principal, chris.breward@ed.ac.uk.
Salary
The post is graded on the professorial scale. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month.
Application Procedure
We encourage all applicants to apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page or via our Vacancy Website: https://www.vacancies.ed.ac.uk
All applications should include a letter of application, a full CV, application form and the names and addresses of three referees, including one from your current institution. The taking up of references is selective, and does not imply a decision that the applicant will be placed on the shortlist for interview. Referees will only be contacted if permission is given. (Please note that the online system only allows for the details of two referees. If you intend to apply on-line, please provide the details of your referees on your letter of application).
It is intended to hold interviews on Thursday 8th June 2017 . Arrangements will be made for short-listed candidates to meet members of the School and to give presentations prior to the interview. The presentations and pre-meetings may be held on the day before the interviews. These details will be confirmed later.
The closing date is 5pm (GMT) on Thursday 27th April 2017.
Eligibility to Work
In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).
To do so, the University of Edinburgh requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.
For further information on eligibility to work please visit our eligibility to work website
If you are not currently eligible to work in the UK, the University has the authority to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to successful candidates who meet the eligibility criteria. The CoS enables candidates to apply for a Tier 2 (general visa) in accordance with current UK Visas and Immigration rules.
For applicants interested in sponsorship information is available on our Working in the UK website
However, if you have previously been sponsored by an employer within the UK but your leave has expired or lapsed and you are no longer in the UK, according to Home Office Visa Immigration rules you cannot apply for sponsorship under any category of Tier 2 for a period of 12 months after the date your visa expired and/or you left the UK.
If you are an academic in the field of sciences; humanities; engineering; medicine; digital technology; or the arts and come from outside the EEA, it may be possible for you to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa.
The Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa route offers a greater flexibility in your employment compared to other UK immigration routes, meaning you can, for example, move organisation, location and/or job role. By contrast with, a Tier 2 visa where you are ‘tied to a UK sponsor’. Tier 1 provides greater flexibility in undertaking additional engagements, such as collaborations and is intended as a route to settlement. Allowed absences from the UK are up to 180 days per year without losing the eligibility to qualify for settlement, with no restriction on the reason for absence (unlike Tier 2, where any absences from the UK must be for a purpose consistent with the person’s employment or economic activity, including paid annual leave, or for serious or compelling personal reasons).
You would initially need to apply to be endorsed as an internationally recognised leader or emerging leader in your particular field by a designated competent body (Arts Council England, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society, Tech City UK).
Tier1 (Exceptional and Exceptional Promise) Endorsement Criteria
Once successfully endorsed, you are able to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa. More information on this entry route is available at UKVI Website.
Conditions of Employment
Pension Scheme
This role is grade UE10 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.
For further information please visit our Pensions website.
School of Design
Excellence in a School of Design (www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/edinburgh-college-art/school-of-design) is more than reliance on a strong tradition of creativity in craft and studio-based practice. Here, we work across the breadth of disciplines within the School to develop methods and approaches to people and culture that equip our students with the ability to design excellence into our lives.
Our philosophy
We are not just designing artefacts. By understanding the world around us, and understanding where design vision and ideas lie within a global context, we develop challenges and solutions to the way we live. Through a process of collaboration, we provide a supportive framework to encourage students to create a collective philosophy of what design is and what it might become.
Making connections
Edinburgh is a world-leading centre of knowledge in science, engineering and innovation. The School of Design is developing a network of these key partners which will place the School at the forefront of research development.
Edinburgh College of Art
Edinburgh College of Art is a large and diverse school within the University of Edinburgh's College of Humanities and Social Science. It is comprised of the Schools of Art, Design, History of Art, Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and the Reid School of Music.
Our mission is to promote world-leading critical enquiry across all these subject areas through scholarly research, teaching and creative practice.
Almost 3,000 students and 300 staff study and work at ECA and we enjoy strong relationships with museums, galleries, archives, practitioners and industry partners in Edinburgh, Scotland, the UK and internationally.
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (http://www.ed.ac.uk/arts-humanities-soc-sci)
The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is a large and diverse part of the University. Led by Vice-Principal Professor Dorothy Miell, it has 12,600 undergraduates, 4,500 taught postgraduates, 2,000 research students and more than 3,100 academic and professional services staff. The College incorporates 11 Schools (Business; Divinity; Economics; Edinburgh College of Art; Education; Health in Social Sciences; History, Classics and Archaeology; Law; Literatures, Languages and Cultures; Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences; and Social and Political Science), the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and the Centre for Open Learning. The College is located on multiple sites across Edinburgh, with the majority of Schools and College Offices based close to the central George Square area. The College, which is recognised as one of the world's leading centres for the arts, humanities and social sciences in research and teaching, has been growing and investing strongly in recent years.
Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF2014)
The College operates at the highest levels of international quality across a very wide range of disciplines in the arts, humanities and social sciences and submitted the work of more than 750 staff to 23 Units of Assessment in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. The College achieved a superb result, combining a large-scale, broad and diverse submission with very high quality outcomes: 86% of its research impact and 76% of the overall quality profile were assessed as world-leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*). Using the widely used Research Power index (which combines the submission's overall score for 3* and 4* work with the volume of staff submitted), 12 of the College’s Units were ranked within the top five in the UK, and 18 were ranked first in Scotland. With an assessment of more than 95% at 3* and 4*, we're particularly proud of the outstanding research environment we create for staff and research students.
The University of Edinburgh
For more than four centuries, our people and their achievements have rewritten history time and again. They’ve explored space, revolutionised surgery, published era-defining books, paved the way for life-saving medical breakthroughs and introduced to the world many inventions, discoveries and ideas from penicillin to Dolly the sheep. We have believed that anything is possible, we still do.
The latest Research Excellence Framework highlighted our place at the forefront of international research. This adds to our international reputation for the quality of our teaching and our student experience excellence. The University is proud of its success with online teaching initiatives, with 2550 students currently studying its online distance learning postgraduate programmes, and a total to date of more than 2 million enrolments for Edinburgh MOOCs.
As a member of staff, you will be part of one of the world's leading universities, with 20 Schools spread over 3 Colleges that offer more than 1600 undergraduate and 600 postgraduate programmes to over 35,000 students each year. Professional services are critical to this success as well as our world-class teaching, research and student facilities. In fact, we are one of the top employers in Edinburgh, with over 13,000 people spread across a wide range of academic and supporting roles.
As a world-changing, world-leading university, we offer an exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent, develop and reward success and integrate academic, professional and personal career goals, as well as give your career the benefit of a great and distinguished reputation. In addition, our employees benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which include generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.
The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality. The University has a range of initiatives to support a family friendly working environment. See our University Initiatives website for further information.

University Initiatives website

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