Research Fellow - Centre for Applied Creative Technologies (3 Positions)

Bournemouth University

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Position type:

Part time


£50,317.00 per annum (pro rata)

09 Feb 2021
30 Apr 2021

Full details:

Reference number: 2021/02/09/8490

Bournemouth University’s vision is worldwide recognition as a leading university for inspiring learning, advancing knowledge and enriching society through the fusion of education, research and practice. Our highly skilled and creative workforce is comprised of individuals drawn from a broad cross section of the globe, who reflect a variety of backgrounds, talents, perspectives and experiences that help to build our global learning community.

The Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University is one of the largest of its kind in the world and has a global reputation for combining research excellence and teaching practice.  The research fellow will join the Faculty’s Centre for Applied Creative Technologies (CfACTs), a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) COFUND research training centre that provides international mobility and cross-sectoral experience through a well-aligned research and training programme.

The academic expertise underpinning CfACTs is sourced from BU’s world-class National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA) and as required, other BU centres of research excellence, including: Centre for Games and Music Research; the Orthopaedic Research Institute; the Centre for Archaeology and Anthropology, and the Institute of Medical Imaging and Visualisation.

CfACTs is seeking to recruit three research fellows to form the first CfACTs cohort. The CfACTs fellowships follow the specification and requirement of the Standard fellowships of the MSCA; available in full from:

To be eligible to apply an applicant must meet the requirements outlined and:

  • Be in possession of a doctorate or have at least four years full-time equivalent research experience.
  • Not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the United Kingdom for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the call deadline.


The research fellow will be an employee of BU and embark on a two-year programme of world leading digital creative technology research and training, provided by CfACTs and its industry Partner Organisations (POs). The fellow will have an opportunity to be seconded into one or more CfACTs POs for the majority of their two-year programme, with full academic support, to gain cross-sectoral experience.

The fellow will research and develop new applied digital creative techniques, collaboratively with industry POs; and apply them in sectors including but not limited to, computer animation, visual effects (VFX), computer vision, visualisation, healthcare, retail and assistive technology. These new techniques will also bring important productivity improvements to many industries.

CfACTs supports open research on a broad range of topics on applied creative technologies incorporating but not limited to:

  • Computer animation and immersive technology;
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI);
  • Medical simulation / visualisation;
  • Assistive technologies;
  • Emotional computing;
  • Robotics;
  • 3D printing;
  • Human Computer Interaction (HCI);
  • 5G and others.


An applicant will provide a full research proposal to outline their research project and an academic CV. Projects proposing fundamental or applied research are eligible, and inter- and/or multi-disciplinary proposals are strongly encouraged.  Please see the BU‑CfACTs webpage for guidance for applicants and specific PO research topics:

As a part of the application all applicants are required to submit the following:

  • BU Application Form and the Equality Monitoring form
  • Research Proposal (max.10 pages)
  • CV (max.5 pages)
  • Ethics issues - Applicants must provide information on how they intend to address potential ethics issues, as required by the Horizon 2020 Guidance on Ethics Self-Assessment;
  • Signed support letters from the applicants PhD academic supervisors; (optional)
  • Criminal Record Declaration Form


There are three positions available on a fixed-term basis until 30 July 2023.

For an informal discussion, please contact: Prof Jian Chang, CfACTs Project Coordinator, quoting FMC218 in the subject line.

Interviews will be conducted for FMC218 in June 2021, exact date to be confirmed. 

A detailed job description and person specification are available from our website together with an online application form.  Alternatively, please email quoting the appropriate reference (FMC218). 

BU values and is committed to an inclusive working environment.  We seek a diverse community through attracting, developing and retaining staff from different backgrounds to contribute to inspirational learning, advancing knowledge and enriching society.  To support and enable our staff to achieve a balance between work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

Closing date: (23:30hrs GMT) 30 April 2021

Interview Date: TBC June 2021

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