Research Assistant in Digital Arts & Humanities

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Research Assistant in Digital Arts & Humanities: The scholarly and professional field of scenography concerns the practice, conceptualization, execution and/or analysis of performance using design-led methodologies. In recent years, the performing arts has been altered by the development of digital audio-visualisation technologies, and it continues to transform under the auspices of XR (Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality) technologies.

Via collaborations with computer science and electronic engineering, it has been a leading domain for human–computer and human–human corporeal experiments that are shaping the basis of quotidian (digital-cultural) reality. However, as XR technologies continue to develop, there is a deficit of content available to potential audiences; professional practitioners lack the knowledge and finances to engage them and art schools lack the knowledge to teach them.

Research Assistant in Digital Arts & Humanities

This TCD project aims to address this gap. The successful candidate will work full-time for 2 months, assisting with research of the field and articulation of the funding application. Therefore, the candidate should have a passion for the performing arts and a deep knowledge of the scholarly area concerning their overlap with digital technologies, especially XR technologies.

Standard Duties and Responsibilities of the Research Assistant in Digital Arts & Humanities Post
• To work under the direction of the Principal Investigator/Project Leader.
• To support the research and writing process for an ERC grant application.
• To provide assistance in conducting research activities, including planning, organizing, conducting, and communicating research findings within the overall scope of the grant application.
• To coordinate and perform a variety of independent and team activities involved in the collection, analysis, documentation and some interpretation of information/results.
• To undertake tasks which may include recording research finding and preparing technical reports including conclusions and recommendations.
• To familiarize and become experienced with the ERC portal.
• To present information on research progress and outcomes to others responsible for the research project.
• To liaise with and provide guidance, as required, to any support staff and/or research students assisting with the application process, as agreed with the Principal Investigator/Grant holder.
• Ideally to contribute to the application writing process.
• To confer with the Principal Investigator in developing grant-writing, appraisal or ethical strategies and to discuss the interpretation of application queries and the preparation of text for the various fields.
• To perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

Funding Information
Enterprise Ireland ERC Proposal-Preparation-Support Grant

Person Specification

• Good report writing and presentation skills
• Good analytical skills
• An ability to work independently to a tight schedule.
• Amicable, respectful and capable of working effectively within a team to achieve results.
• High levels of initiative are encouraged.
• Please note that Garda vetting and international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.
Qualifications
Applicants should hold a post graduate degree (MA/MSc/PhD) awarded by a recognised institute of education.

Knowledge & Experience (Essential & Desirable)
• Research experience is essential.
• Successful and independent attainment of public or private (philanthropic) funding.
• Previous laboratory experience and practices are desirable.
Skills & Competencies
• Advanced computer word processing skills, especially using Microsoft Office apps like Word and Excel.
• Advanced writing and typing skills.
• Advanced research skills.
• Evidence of excellent organisational and communication skills.
• Evidence of ability to conduct evaluation of data and project appraisal.
• Familiarity with university research ethics protocols.

Application Procedure
Applicants should submit a full Curriculum Vitae to include the names and contact details of 2 referees (including email addresses), to:-
Name: Néill O’Dwyer
Email Address: odwyerne@tcd.ie


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