Lab4Living is recruiting! Professor, Reader and Researcher posts

Lab4Living recruitment

Lab4Living is recruiting to expand its team of researchers as the 100-Year Life project gets underway. Plans for the project, funded through Research England’s Expanding Excellence in England (E3) research fund, include a new creative working space, an international research hub and a Design4Ageing Academy.

The E3 award has enabled a major recruitment opportunity which includes a Professor, two Readers, a Project Manager, five Research Assistants, 12 PhD students and an administrator. Current vacancies are for a Professor, two Readers and a Research Assistant.

Professor Paul Chamberlain, Principal Investigator on the 100-Year Life project and Co-Director of Lab4Living said:

“We are seeking individuals with vision, passion and determination to join our creative team and be part of this exciting opportunity.”

We welcome applications from individuals whose research falls within the broad subject base of the Art and Design Research Centre who can add to the quality, delivery and sustainability of the ‘100-year life’ programme and Lab4Living.

Details of the posts, the Lab4Living environment and how to apply are below.

Professor of Art and Design

We are seeking the appointment of a Professor to join the Lab4Living leadership team and support the delivery of this funded research programme and contribute to the management, development, delivery and sustainability of Lab4Living and the wider Art and Design Research Centre (ADRC).

As a key member of Lab4Living, the new post-holder will contribute to developing models of knowledge translation across academia and industry. The post-holder will be actively involved in the day-to-day running of L4L as well as mentoring staff including early career researchers.


We are looking to appoint two Readers to further enhance the existing skill set and research expertise of the team and to extend the reach and impact of our research.

Readers will be a core member of the L4L management team and play an active role in fostering its vibrant interdisciplinary research culture. As well as contributing to activities associated with the day to day running of the Lab, readers will be integral in the development of new national and international initiatives including the establishment of the Design4Ageing Academy.

Readers will deliver high quality design research outputs, securing external funding and undertaking a body of research that relates to the 100-year Life and the Future Home. Mentorship of Early Career Researchers and supervising PhD students will be an important aspect of the role.

Design Researcher

We are seeking a Design Researcher to work with colleagues to undertake activities to support the 100-Year Life project. Researchers have responsibility for creating tools for collecting and analysing data, translating findings of research into tangible designs (including 2 / 3 dimensional prototypes and products), and disseminating findings through a range of media (for example exhibition, film, written publications). There will also be the opportunity to contribute to the activities of the Lab4Living team including the Design4Health conference and journal.

Graphics/Communication Design Researcher

We are looking to appoint a Researcher with experience and sound knowledge of graphics and communication design practice to support the 100-Year Life project. The post holder will have specific responsibility for the strand of research exploring the role of design in engaging with and communicating key messages to multiple audiences and stakeholders. The post holder will develop materials to support dissemination (e.g. through printed, crafted and electronic media) and play a key role in contributing to exhibitions and design challenges, which are important elements of the broader research.

The Lab4Living environment

Lab4Living is a trans-disciplinary research group, based on a collaborative community of researchers in design, healthcare and creative practices. We work together to develop develop products, services and interventions that promote dignity and enhance quality of life

The post holders will be based in the heart of a well established and internationally recognised centre of research and industrial expertise in art and design. The Art and Design Research Centre (ADRC) (established over 25 years ago and one of the first of its kind in the UK) leads and manages the disciplines of Fine Art, Design and Media Production at Sheffield Hallam University.

Within the ADRC, Design Futures is the Knowledge Transfer Unit, a centre for industrial collaboration with expertise in industrial and packaging design. Lab4Living researchers work closely with Design Futures Packaging on projects such as the Life Café kit production and Exhibition in a box projects.

Internationally, Lab4Living has strong partnerships in over 20 countries (from the Netherlands to New Zealand). The Lab has also created new spaces which bring the design and health community together, through the biennial Design4Health conferences and the Design For Health journal.

How to apply

Full information and details of how to apply, and closing dates:

Professor (permanent) applications: 29 October 2019.
Reader (permanent) applications: 3 November 2019
Researcher (fixed term until 31/08/2022) applications: 20 October 2019
Graphics / Communication Researcher (fixed term for 1 year) applications: 20 October 2019

Find out more about what we do in Lab4Living and the Art and Design Research Centre. or read the latest Lab4Living  news and events items on this blog.

Contact Lab4Living co-directors Prof Paul Chamberlain or Dr Claire Craig for an information chat.