VARI Opportunities

The V&A Research Institute (VARI) is nestled within the V&A Research Department — the first of its kind in the UK and home to the world's leading postgraduate programme in the history of design and material culture. VARI was launched in 2016 with generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

VARI has the current opportunities available:

ANDREW W. MELLON VISITING PROFESSORSHIPS AT VARI:

OPEN CALL FOR NOMINATIONS AND APPLICATIONS

SUMMARY

Length of tenure: 3–12 months (held in one academic year or spread over longer time periods as appropriate to the agreed research programme).

Remuneration: Non-stipendiary, but comes with support funds to cover: travel to/from and within the UK; central London accommodation; research expenses; workshop and event costs; and a modest monthly emolument.

Deadline: Rolling. Nominations and applications are welcome at any time, but please expect a two-month evaluation period.

The V&A Research Institute (VARI) is seeking rolling nominations for Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Professorships for periods of tenure from 3-12 months to be held at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Nominations/applications are welcome from applicants locally, nationally and internationally. Nominations are solicited from researchers of any age and nationality working in any areas, creative practices and research disciplines relevant to the V&A’s collections and core aims and activities, and who meet the criteria of the Visiting Professorship as defined below – you do not need to be a Professor already to be eligible to apply. Applicants will be evaluated based as much on an outline of the proposed research and teaching programme as on their track record. Areas of practice can include, but are in no way limited to: architecture, engineering, design, making, history, social science, education, museology, conservation, information science, digital humanities, exhibition practice, and beyond.

Nominators will be asked to submit a joint application with the nominated professor.

Completed applications and further enquiries regarding the Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Professorships should be sent to: vari@vam.a.cuk

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VARI Early Career Research Fellow – Collections Access and Display Object Access Fellow (SHOW+TELL+SHARE Project)

Division: Collections

Dept/Section: Research

Agreement: Fixed Term Research Fellowship for 18 months (1 October 2017-30 March 2019),

Hours: flexible in accordance with project requirements and averaging .5 FTE

Honorarium: £17,163.00 pa

Reporting to: VARI Project Lead: Show+Tell+Share


Show+Tell+Share Project

Show+Tell+Share explores radical new options for large-scale, visible and accessible collection storage and display as well as intersecting analogue and digital methods for encountering objects. How can we design ways to support visitors in becoming participatory researchers in their own right?

More Information on this VARI Project can be found here: SHOW+TELL+SHARE

Purpose of the Fellowship

This Early Career Research Fellowship will be central to Phase 1 of this four-year project, and will focus on understanding the barriers and restrictions to visitors’ experience of the V&A’s collections: this will require understanding of the logistics, care, risk management and handling of collections objects. From within a knowledge perspective of museum standards for the care and preservation of collections and the technical logistics underpinning these activities, the Fellow will, in the first instance, be effecting desk research in contemporary open storage architecture and object delivery mechanisms in museum, retail and other contexts. A wider set of philosophical questions relating to generational shifts in the meaning and social significance of ‘access’ will also be explored, especially in the light of emerging trends in experience economies and new forms and contexts for research, teaching and learning. Further, the Fellow will be working with the Project Lead to formulate proposals for new ways in which Museum display and storage could be conjoined and effected in order to improve access to experience with collections objects for a wide range of stakeholders. These proposals for improvements in the way in which V&A visitors experience collections will become part of the research programme for Phase 2 of Show+Tell+Share, in which these proposals will be trailed and evaluated.

We are looking for an Early Career Research Fellow with a grounding in any field relevant to the research questions of Show+Tell+Share, and with a strong interest in material culture and awareness of museum practice. The Fellow will bring into the project a portfolio of methods complementary to those already existent in the project team, and a desire to conjoin these with new skills and knowledge. At the core of the project is a structured interdisciplinary exchange that will infuse standard museum processes with new proposals from adjacent fields of research and practice.

Completed applications and further enquiries regarding the Collections Access and Display Fellowships should be sent to: vari@vam.a.cuk

2006ap3540
VARI Early Career Research Fellow – Collections Access and Display Data Analysis Fellow (SHOW+TELL+SHARE Project)

Division: Collections

Dept/Section: Research

Agreement: Fixed Term Research Fellowship for 18 months (1 October 2017-30 March 2019),

Hours: flexible in accordance with project requirements and averaging .5 FTE

Honorarium: £17,163.00 pa

Reporting to: VARI Project Lead: Show+Tell+Share


Show+Tell+Share Project

Show+Tell+Share explores radical new options for large-scale, visible and accessible collection storage and display as well as intersecting analogue and digital methods for encountering objects. How can we design ways to support visitors in becoming participatory researchers in their own right?

More Information on this VARI Project can be found here: SHOW+TELL+SHARE

Purpose of the Fellowship

This Early Career Research Fellowship will be central to Phase 1 of this four-year project, and will focus on understanding the digital infrastructures, digital methods and digital pathways through which visitors and researchers encounter and experience the V&A collections. This will require the Fellow to work across different Museum departments to audit and collate data concerning both collections and the visitor experience as well as analysing the relevant publicly available social media information. The Fellow will be analysing the way in which these different forms of data are designed, produced, conjoined and shared. Together, these activities will enable the Fellow to contribute to the Project a full understanding of current Museum practice that aligns these forms of data in the context of visitor experience. In the second instance, the Fellow will be working with the Project Lead to formulate proposals for the ways in which more effective alignment of heterogeneous data can be designed in order to improve collections access. These proposals for improvements in the way in which visitors experience collections information and in turn produce data about those experiences will become part of the design for Phase 2 of Show+Tell+Share, in which these proposals will be trialed and evaluated.

We are looking for an Early Career Research Fellow with a grounding in any field relevant to the research questions of Show+Tell+Share, and with a strong interest in material culture and awareness of museum practice. The Fellow will bring into the project a portfolio of methods complementary to those already existent in the project team, and a desire to conjoin these with new skills and knowledge. At the core of the project is a structured interdisciplinary exchange that will infuse standard museum processes with new proposals from adjacent fields of research and practice.

Completed applications and further enquiries regarding the Collections Access and Display Fellowships should be sent to: vari@vam.a.cuk