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SODA Research Fellow: AI in Creative Media (3193)

The School of Digital Arts (SODA) is recruiting a Research Fellow who specialises in AI in Creative Media

Manchester Metropolitan University has been a pioneer in modern education since its origins in 1824. Manchester Metropolitan sits in the top 200 young universities in the world, with 85% of its research rated as ‘world-leading’. The University is proud to have recently gained a TEF Silver award and has ambitious plans for the future.

Building off the institution’s overarching ambition, the Manchester School of Art continues to push the boundaries of developments across the arts and creative industries. Based in the heart of Manchester, with close links with the growing creative and digital sector. The School is a pioneer in experimentation and creative learning and is now in the process of redesigning its Media provision in order to respond to industry needs. The School of Digital Arts is Manchester Metropolitan’s response to and an investment in screen-based business and technologies. It will create a digital skills powerhouse that will host a diverse programme of degree apprenticeships, Continuing Professional Development, work-based training, undergraduate and postgraduate courses and resources. It will build on the award winning strengths of the Manchester School of Art, and bring together creative and craft disciplines, technical and scientific skills, industry partnerships and global research to train the next generation of talent, who will ensure that the UK continues to compete on an international scale.

The main purpose of this role is to lead in the development of quality research in the field of AI in creative media providing data science expertise and leadership on projects within a transdisciplinary team of researchers in SODA focused on the following fields:

  • AI and storytelling
  • Game engine cultures
  • UX and multisensory experience
  • Machine learning and bias

Projects may comprise involvement in creative design, software development, testing, preparing, conducting and recording the outcome of research, experiments and/or field work and analysing, interpreting, and disseminate findings to appropriate groups.

Lead in the development of new areas in the field of AI/machine learning (ML) and its application in creative media and to promote the wider work of the team and institution

This post is fixed-term for 12 months. Please attach your CV and covering letter detailing how you meet the person specification. 

Manchester Metropolitan University is committed to supporting the rights, responsibilities, dignity, health and wellbeing of staff and students through our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

We promote applications from all sections of the community, irrespective of background, belief or identity, recognising the benefits that a diverse organisation can bring and particularly encourage applications from groups which are underrepresented in the University workforce.

We recognise the benefits and importance of an environment that supports flexible working and are open to conversations about this throughout the application process.



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Manchester All Saints Campus
Oxford Road, Manchester, UK, M15 6BH
  • Location:
    Manchester All Saints Campus
  • Faculty / Function:
    Arts and Humanities
  • Salary:
    Grade 9 (£42,792 to £49,553)
  • Closing Date:
    1 June 2021
  • Contract Type:
    fixed term
  • Contracted Hours per week:
    37 or 18.5
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