Research Technician Officer

Job Description

Are you looking to join a vibrant, research-intensive Russell Group University?

The Department of Music is seeking to appoint a professional and innovative Research Technician Officer for a period of 22 months to work on a research project as described here below.

This project is related to the emerging evidence that shows a raft of physical, cognitive, emotional and social benefits to those who interact with music, whether it be through listening, playing or creating. This can be used to sustain older adults’ wellbeing. There is a burgeoning use of music for health across communities, including social prescribing of musical activities for sustained mental health, as well as daily lifestyle activities in independent living, formal and informal care in the UK and worldwide.

However, the current landscape is limited in terms of existing tools and technologies, and the interactions they afford for older adults with varying cognitive abilities.

Older adults with ranges of complex needs are interested and capable of using new music technologies, but few resources are designed with these users in mind (Creech 2019). It is therefore pivotal to discover the optimal music practices to maximise health and wellbeing outcomes for this population, and what tools and technologies are needed to make music playing accessible and sustainable for all.

The Department of Music has 25 members of academic staff, a dedicated Professional Service Team, around 100 undergraduates, 47 research postgraduates, and 100 postgraduates on taught courses. It is one of the largest and most vibrant academic music departments in the UK, covering musicology, performance, ethnomusicology, composition, psychology of music, music education, music technology and music management.

It offers a range of exciting programmes at undergraduate, taught postgraduate and doctoral levels and ranked 6th in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, in which 84% of research was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.