Research Fellow

Job Category
Teaching, Research & Scholarship
Vacancy Type
Fixed term contract
Fixed Term Duration
18 months
Employment Type
Full time
Salary From
Salary To
Faculty/Prof Service
Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Closing Date
Ref No

About ARU:

ARU is a vibrant workplace and our University is gaining prominence both nationally and internationally. We have ambitious plans for the future and we are determined that our students and staff will realise their full potential. Our main campuses in the cities of Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough have been transformed with major capital investment. With an annual turnover of over £200m, we are a major force for higher education and one of the largest universities in the East of England.


About the Role:

This post is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council grant (AH/T006862/1) ‘Stories in Transition: Examining the role of arts, culture and sport in supporting veteran transition to civilian life’. The post-holder will work closely with three partner organisations – Soldiers Arts Academy, Turn to Starboard & Waterloo Uncovered, including peer researchers from each of these organisations – to produce high quality films which capture and represent the experience of transition from the military to civilian life via involvement in arts, cultural and sporting activities. The project is an internal collaboration with ARU’s Veterans and Families Institute for Military Social Research and StoryLab and externally with colleagues from University of Exeter and Manchester Metropolitan University.


The Stories in Transition project requires an exceptional multi-skilled candidate with expertise in documentary film making skills (high value storytelling and creative production skills, ideally with a broadcast industry background). The candidate will be working from concept to delivery (pre-production to post-production) and working with contributors in a strongly co-creative manner to develop creative practice research outputs. Responsibilities will also include facilitating filmmaking workshops with peer researchers, carrying out qualitative fieldwork and data collection (filming with contributors on location including archeological sites, on board ships and theatre productions, rehearsals and on tour), and contributing to data analysis processes (keeping a comprehensive record of production processes and impact). Essential technical skills include Adobe creative suite; avid and experience of working with post-production teams (editing, grading, sound dubs /mix, graphics); shooting formats (multiple formats: 4K Black Magic, Drones, Go-pros); and creative sound production (understanding the narrative potential of sound design and capture). Necessary research skills will include experience of co-creation or community-based filmmaking, experience of qualitative research methods and analysis, and experience of interdisciplinary collaborations. Overseas filming experience would also be desirable.


It is expected that interviews will take place in late February 2021


Informal enquiries can be made to Shreepali Patel, at  


Closing date: 15th February 2021



Find out more about working with us.

We offer an extensive range of benefits including a generous holiday entitlement, occupational pension schemes, training and development opportunities, travel to work scheme and a competitive relocation package. Visit our benefits page for full details.

We value diversity at ARU and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Committed to being inclusive and open to discuss flexible working. 


Flexible Working


Guidance Notes: 

For a list of key requirements, please download the Job Description and Person Specification above. To apply for this role please demonstrate how your skills and experience match the criteria in the person specification.