Call for Automation fellows

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  • We are seeking to recruit 24 fellows
  • Fellowships run from April 2019 to January 2020
  • Candidates must have a meaningful relationship to South West England
  • Fellowships are part-time
  • Each fellow receives £15k

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South West Creative Technology Network is recruiting for 24 Automation fellows. This is a flexible, part-time paid (15k) opportunity for people from industry, academia, as well as those in the early stages of their careers who are interested in the future of Automation.

We will support fellows during a 10-month programme to think deeply about the potentials, challenges and opportunities in this area. This is a unique and exciting chance to step back from commercial, academic or career pressures, and focus on new and innovative areas of research, exploration and collaboration.

Automation is changing the way we live. It is increasingly important within the creative industries as well as manufacturing, retail, financial services, and healthcare, to name just a few sectors. Automation could be seen as the ‘quiet’ revolution – working in the background to assist in creative processes, gradually transforming agriculture through robotics, or re-imagining how we search the internet.

We are looking for people to explore the frontiers of automation technology and its applications, to ask: What already exists? What’s new and what’s good in automation? Where are the gaps in the market? What are the challenges? What opportunities are out there? What are the possibilities? Come and join us as a paid fellow.

Fellowships run from April 2019 through to January 2020, with most time commitment required in the first three months (April to June 2019).

Each fellow will receive a £15k bursary to support time and research costs; they will get support and mentoring from producing teams and creative technologists from Watershed and Kaleider; and they will become part of a diverse cohort of Automation fellows who they can bounce ideas off.

How to apply

Please read the full Automation fellowship briefing before completing the online application form.

Please also read the FAQs. We will continue to update FAQs throughout the application period.

Full briefing for the Automation Call (link to pdf)

FAQs for industry and academic fellows (link to Google doc)

FAQs for new talent fellows (link to Google doc)

Online application form

Get in touch with Charlie Tapp, Producer at Kaleider ( if you have any questions or want to talk to us over the phone or on Skype.

We aim to be as inclusive as possible and work to accommodate all access requirements. We will openly discuss and tailor how we do things to support you as best we can.

We welcome applications from BAME, LGBTQI, Deaf and disabled practitioners.

Deadline for applications: 9am, 31 January 2019
Every applicant will hear from us by 22 February 2019
Interviews will be held on the 4 & 5 March

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