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Research Lead

Position: Research Lead

Department: Creative Technology, Research

Rate of Pay: £38,750

Responsible to: Executive Producer, Pervasive Media Studio

Contract: Full time

Purpose of Job: Permanent

The Research Lead will develop and oversee delivery of Watershed’s Research partnerships and programme. They will approach this in ways that are critical, creative and inclusive; celebrating new knowledge and challenging established hierarchies of how it is generated, and for whom. They will have an editorial voice, spotting themes and trends across the programme and from further afield. They will ensure that thinking is captured and shared across the organisation and with the wider community.

How to Apply for this Position:

If you are interested in applying for this position you will find the job description, letter and the extra information below, read these and then complete the online equal opportunities monitoring form and the online application form. Please note we do not accept CVs.

Alternative formats:
You can download a version in Word here: which should be emailed to

Watershed will work with candidates to ensure their access needs are met during the interview process and will ensure access requirements do not factor in decision making.

In order to broaden the field of candidates, the Watershed team will aim to meet all candidates who meet the basic criteria for a short online interview during the week of 19 October 2020. We will then hold second interviews during the week of 2 November 2020. We will aim to hold these interviews in person at Watershed and will send you the list of questions in advance.

Before you apply:

Our current Creative Technology team is majority white, cisgender and non-disabled. We believe our work will be stronger with greater diversity and welcome applications from those who bring difference. Watershed welcomes the whole person to work, and we understand that each of us bring our experiences, our backgrounds and our own unique lens to what we do. Supporting our staff means they are not appointed to represent specific groups or organisation.

You may not have worked in a cultural organisation before, or in an organisation like Watershed. Perhaps you have worked in music, fashion, design or in technology - these are all very transferable contexts. If you are from a background that is underrepresented in the culture sector (for example you are from a community of colour, did not go to University or had free school meals as a child), and you would like support to articulate how your experience is transferable to this role, you can book time with one of our Producing team (we will ensure the person you meet is not involved in the recruitment process). They would be pleased to help you think this through. Please request this by emailing Fern Dunn at (we will not ask you to disclose your background).

Closing Date: Thursday, 15 October 2020 - 17:00