This page contains information about placements developed with Techne partner organisations for Techne students to apply for. Please note that you need to be within your funded period when the placement begins in order to apply. You can find out more about funding for placements here.
Techne – Impacts and
Futures - Research Placement
Techne is looking to recruit at least one Techne student to conduct
a research project on Techne’s impact on its students, supervisors, all
participating and affiliated institutions and organisation and its potential futures.
Techne has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research
Council to deliver doctoral training since 2014. It supports outstanding PGRs
employing innovative, interdisciplinary and creative approaches to scholarship.
In 2023 the Techne team need to deliver an assessment of the impact of Techne
since its inception. In 2025, Techne will recruit the final student cohort in
this funding round. After this time, if we want to recruit more PhD students we
need to apply for further funding. Reflecting on Techne’s successes and potential new directions for development will
help us when we apply for this funding.
We are seeking students to work with the Techne Director,
Deputy Director and wider team to do the following:
Design and deliver a research project that collects data
on the impact of Techne on students, supervisors, the research institutions,
and non-academic partners past and present. This will involve developing a research proposal in
response to the data collection needs of the report due in April 2023 and
collecting and presenting the data for this report. Methods might include:
questionnaires, interviews and focus groups, as well as potentially more
creative methods with three goals: i) assess the cohort-wide impacts of Techne,
ii) detail individual stories about how Techne might have shaped the careers of
individuals and the direction of institutions and organisations; iii) collect
data on future directions for arts and humanities research PhDs. These processes
will require ethical approval and risk assessments.
Contribute data and writing to the official reports on
Techne and its impacts due in April 2023
and September 2023 and other potential outputs. The primary goals of the placement(s) will be to collect
and present data for the April 2023 report, and to inform the application for
future Techne funding. There may be scope to publish the data as part of wider
research and discussion around doctoral education.
Skills and experienced gained will include:
The design, development and completion of a brief-driven
short-term research project, akin to research consultancy work
Team-work including collaboration around output
Data presentation and report writing
Research skills that might complement those used in
The placements are subject to the standard eligibility and
practice of terms of the Techne
placement/ career enhancement scheme. They will come with funding stipend
and extension, and can be held for up to six months. The role will involve working with the Techne
team, and will be line managed by the Director, and will require the delivery
of the data needed for the report by April 2023, but other aspects of the
placement may continue after this time.
To apply for these placements please complete the Study
Support and Work Placement Application (Techne 1 students – funding started
before 2019) or Career Enhancement Application (Techne 2 students – funding
started in 2019 onwards). email a max. 300 word statement on why you are
interested in the role and confirm that you have the support of your
supervisor. Please submit this to Techne by the deadline of 26th January 2023.
Zaha Hadid Foundation Placement
The Zaha Hadid Foundation (ZHF) is offering two placements
of 6 months to Techne students to extend or complement their area of research,
and to support the development of their skills and experience working with
archives and collections. This is an
exciting opportunity to contribute to the early development of a new research
organization and to engage in collaborative research leading to significant
ZHF is based in London, and the students are expected to
work primarily at the Foundation’s research headquarters in Clerkenwell, with
some time being spent at our collections’ facility in Shad Thames. The project may also require occasional
visits to other specialist archives and libraries In London for research
purposes. The work will contribute to a large-scale exhibition research project
in 2025, as well as feed directly our ongoing work into the history of Zaha
Hadid’s practice and the documentation of our extensive collections. The work can be undertaken on a full or
part-time basis, with the expectation of a minimum 2 days a week. The
Foundation will cover all appropriate expenses in support of this work.
Operational since early 2022, the Zaha Hadid
Foundation is dedicated to the work and artistic legacy of Zaha Hadid (1950-2016),
to the advancement of research and education in areas pertaining to both, and
to areas in architecture, design, and related disciplines that reflect her
creative spirit. The collection comprises c.12,000 works across a range
of media, including architectural models, plans and blue-prints, drawings,
furniture, interior design, paintings, fashion design, and jewellery.
Additionally, there is a considerable archive, consisting of works on paper and
various types of ephemera, and a research library. Work has begun to produce a
publicly accessible and searchable database which will support research
projects, loans, and exhibitions. A major retrospective exhibition is being
staged in 2025 (followed by international tour) and our research is focussed
primarily on this at present. More information on ZHF can be found here www.zhfoundation.com.
The placements will support the work of the research and
curatorial team in the following ways:
- - object-based research into Hadid’s architectural
and design projects
- - oral history (through interview and
questionnaire) into the history of Zaha Hadid, her practice and her networks
- - bibliographic research in support of the
- - research documentation
Students will be provided with appropriate training, support
and supervision during the project and will work as part of the research and
curatorial team, led by ZHF’s Head of Research and Learning. Whilst prior research knowledge of Zaha Hadid
is not a requirement for the placements, applicants should outline their experience
and aptitude in the following areas:
- - collections-based and archival research methods
- - bibliographic research methods
- - oral history research methods
- - knowledge of modern and contemporary
architecture and design in a UK and global context
- - use of appropriate digital tools to support
research and documentation
- - any additional area of complementary knowledge
related to Hadid’s life and work, for instance her Arab/Iraqi heritage and
influences; architectural training, pedagogy and professional practice in the
period c.1970-2020; the history of computer-aided design in relation to
architecture; gender and ethnicity in architectural practice and history.
If you would like to discuss this placement opportunity,
please email Professor Jane Pavitt, ZHF Head of Research and Learning at email@example.com. To apply, please send a CV (with at least one
named academic referee) and statement of no more than 2 pages outlining the
above by 12pm26th
January. Please indicate if you are registered full or
part-time. It is expected the placements
will begin in February 2023.
Mimosa House Placement
Curatorial Assistant Placement for 3 months to start but may be extended to 6 months
Mimosa House is a young and independent, non-profit art space in central London, dedicated to supporting experimentation, collaboration, and dialogue between intergenerational female and queer artists, and their audiences. Our aim is to create a safe and empowering space which embraces inclusivity and sensitivity, the fluidity of identity and the need for change.
We are currently working on a major survey show ‘transfeminisms’, to take place from Autumn 2023 for 9 months. With 6 curators and over 60 artists, all from different generations and geographies, this will be our most ambitious exhibition to date, and will explore a multiplicity of urgent, pressing, and ongoing issues faced by women, queer and trans people across the globe. The exhibition will be accompanied by significant programming, e.g., artist talks, poetry readings, performances, film screenings, reading groups, panels, and an exhibition catalogue will be published.
As an organisation invested in feminist, queer and decolonial community building, we are also constantly looking to expand our artistic programme to wider audiences, and those that might otherwise be excluded from contemporary arts spaces. In doing this, we are particularly keen to create spaces which centre local women and queer people, particularly BPOC* women and queer people.
The curatorial assistant placement would support our small team in the production of the transfeminisms exhibition, as well as its public programme. Reporting directly to the Director and Gallery Manager, they would undertake a variety of curatorial and administrative tasks including exhibition research, contributing to fundraising strategy, events planning; managing contacts and correspondence; assisting with the coordination of publications, interpretative materials, and exhibition documentation; writing and editing exhibition-related copy; and registrarial activities.
In addition, they would have the opportunity to input on our ongoing outreach strategy and activities - particularly the areas of this which pertain to the transfeminisms exhibition. This could involve building on our existing partnerships with community groups and organisations, as well as developing innovative and inclusive methods of reaching new audiences, and engaging them in collaborative projects.
They will be expected to take a hands on roll in the day-to-day operations of the gallery alongside other staff, this could include opening and invigilating exhibitions, greeting visitors and conveying details about the programme to them, as well as other admin tasks involved in running the gallery.