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Director of the Design Factory Birmingham Digital Innovation Lab, Reader/Professor of Practice in Digital Innovation

Design Factory Birmingham

Location:  Aston University Main Campus
Salary:  £56,021 to £100,747 per annum
Grade 10 or Band 1. Full time or part time (job share)
Contract Type:  Permanent
Basis:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Saturday 30 September 2023
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  0616-23
Release Date:  Wednesday 23 August 2023

Aston University is a leading university of Science, Technology and Enterprise measured by the positive transformational impact we achieve for our stakeholders. By 2030 Aston will be recognised as driving transformational impact in Birmingham and the West Midlands.

To support this aim, we are launching Design Factory Birmingham (DFB) as a state-of-the-art facility designed to inspire and facilitate innovation and design. It is a unique space that brings together students, staff, industry partners, and entrepreneurs to collaborate, learn, and create new products that solve real-world problems.

DFB initially consists of two innovation labs: DFB-Design and DFB-Digital that focus on different aspects of design. Within three years DFB-Digital will be self-sustaining and will host up to 40 students working on client projects in areas such as mobile app development, data applications, AI applications, and web and cloud based systems.

The College of Engineering and Physical Science is seeking a Director of DFB-Digital to provide leadership, management and business development expertise. The director will be an outstanding individual who brings extensive leadership and knowledge arising from experience working with business, industry or a profession. With an exceptional national/global reputation, the post-holder will use their significant expertise gained from a discipline within industry, business or the professions to inform and lead the lab. They will enhance the College and University’s reputation via a blend of external professional recognition and knowledge used to shape, implement, and deliver the DFB-Digital Lab business plan consistent with the aims of the Design Factory Birmingham and the Aston University 2030 Strategy.

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