Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary £27,831.00 - £39,609.00 gross per year
  • Lancaster


Ranked as a top 10 UK university (in The Times, Guardian and Complete University league tables), Lancaster University continues to sustain its reputation for teaching and research excellence both nationally and internationally. The main campus is situated on the southern outskirts of Lancaster and is set in 250 acres of landscaped parkland. The campus is 30 miles south of the Lake District, 1 hour’s drive from Manchester and 2 ½ hours by train from London.

Lancaster Institute for the ContemporaryArts (LICA)

Encompasses Lancaster’s teaching and research activities in Art, Architecture, Design, Film and Theatre. LICA is a vibrant and highly supportive learning environment where a strong research ethos underpins and shapes everything we do. We are committed to leading interdisciplinary and international research in contemporary arts.

We have two research centres in LICA; Insight a creative research centre with disciplinary bases in Fine Art, Theatre, Film, Dance and Sound; and ImaginationLancaster where the project Beyond Imagination will be based.

ImaginationLancaster has been established since 2006 is research led with a world leading research team and over 50% of all design students undertaking a PhD programme and cross disciplinary design research. ImaginationLancaster staff have published 40 books, created over 100 design artefacts and 25 exhibitions, and between just 2013-18 we have produced 157 publications of which 10% are in the Top Citation Percentiles, and 19% are in the Top Journal Percentiles. Since 2006 we have secured £55m in research funding. We have now been successful in our proposal for Beyond Imagination, a new research project to scale up ImaginationLancaster.

Beyond Imagination Research Project

Beyond Imagination, a radical £13.2 million 3 year research project, will explore and demonstrate how cutting-edge design research can create a healthier, more prosperous and sustainable world. It will enable ImaginationLancaster to expand its expertise and reach.Funded by Research England, the Beyond Imagination project will put design research at Lancaster firmly on the global map, transforming the University’s ImaginationLancaster design team with 30 new roles.

The project will provide fresh perspectives on real world challenges focusing on five key Clusters; home and living; communities and the public sector; factory and workplaces; cities and urban; and population and policy. And four themes; sustainability, health, international and prosperity. It will address current global challenges such as Ageing Society, Artificial Intelligence and Data, Clean Growth, Health and Wellbeing - and will identify and tackle future emerging challenges.

Building on Lancaster University’s international strategy this theme will connect Imagination Lancaster’s research to partners in China, Africa, South East Asia and South America, whilst also undertaking new regional specific research projects. You will be expected to actively contribute to design research related to Global Development Challenges. Examples include research on understanding cleaning practices and driving infections from homes in Ghana; developing health and care policies for senior citizens in Malaysia; developing research that tackles malnutrition by co-designing, with communities of women in the Peruvian Andes and promoting across Europe circular economy eco-innovative seafood processes and products for a healthy ageing. You will work collaboratively and will have the opportunity to conduct research activities overseas with the opportunity to be based at international research institutions for short periods (2-4 weeks).

For an informal discussion please contact Professor Leon Cruickshank on

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