Bath Spa Post-Doctoral Research Assistant: Ambient Literature – deadline 3 March 2016


Post Title – Post-Doctoral Research Assistant: Ambient Literature

School/Department – College of Liberal Arts – Writing and Performance

Location – Corsham Court

Line Manager – Prof Kate Pullinger

Contract – Fixed Term for two years

Hours – Full time

Ref – 02/16/2247

Closing Date – 12 midnight GMT, Thursday 3rd March, 2016

Interview Date – Friday 18 March, 2016

Post start date – 1st May 2016

About us

Bath Spa University’s vision is to be a leading university in creativity, culture and enterprise. Through inspirational teaching and research, we transform students’ lives. Based in a World Heritage city and connected to a network of international partners, Bath Spa University will ensure that its graduates are socially engaged global citizens.

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More than just a job – working for Bath Spa University is a chance to explore, discover, learn and grow.

Bath Spa University is a popular university and both students and staff value our attractive campuses, which include a beautiful parkland estate and historic buildings set in inspirational scenery

Bath Spa University has one of the largest and most innovative creative writing departments in the world. Situated within the field of Writing and Performance in the newly formed College of Liberal Arts, there are more than forty permanent members of staff and thirty doctoral students working across fiction, non-fiction, digital writing, poetry, scriptwriting and digital publishing. Our biennial conference, MIX Digital, showcases international creative practice at the intersection of creative writing and digital technology.

‘Ambient Literature’ is a two-year research project funded by the AHRC, a collaboration between Bath Spa, UWE and Birmingham University. The overarching research question is ‘What new forms of literary experience are afforded by locative and pervasive media technologies?’ The main outputs will be three new creative works, a series of ten public seminars and three major public events, as well as a scholarly book.

About the role

The PDRA will undertake research under the guidance of Co-Investigators, Bath Spa Profs Kate Pullinger and Ian Gadd, in collaboration with the UWE-based Ambient Literature core delivery team, Dr Tom Abba, Research Fellow Amy Spencer and Principal Investigator Jon Dovey, and Birmingham University Co-I, Dr Matt Hayler. The PDRA will work in collaboration with all investigators across all three universities, though Bath Spa’s Graduate School at Corsham Court will be the home institution. The Ambient Literature research project involves a combination of historical and theoretical research; tangible practice-led inquiry; and building a generative network of writers, publishers and creative technologists. It employs and builds on Knowledge Exchange methods and perspectives from previous AHRC research including the Knowledge Transfer Fellowship into Pervasive Media and the REACT Hub Books and Print projects.

About you (requirements)

Candidates are expected to have a PhD and research experience in a relevant area, which includes digital writing, creative technologies, pervasive media, participatory media, and/or locative narratives.

The PDRA will be based at Bath Spa’s Corsham Court campus and will need to attend fortnightly meetings in Bristol.

For an informal discussion regarding this post, please contact Prof Kate Pullinger at

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