The Research & Development team for Zinc, which builds brand-new companies from scratch to develop products and services that respond to urgent societal challenges, offers the below opportunity:
We have four overarching mission areas around: mental health, healthy ageing, the future of work in contexts of automation and globalisation, and the environment. Each of our venture-builder programmes has a sharp focus on a specific aspect of one of those missions. Over the course of the programme, we help founders to understand the unmet needs and identify the underserved communities within that specific area, and to develop new, commercially scalable products and services that respond to them.
The AHRC has generously provided pilot funding to allow an ambitious ECR to join Zinc for a 12-month Research & Development Fellowship, working alongside the new intake of founders in our next venture-builder starting in October. Applicants can have a background in any AHRC discipline but should have a strong interest in Zinc’s current mission focus on improving mental health for children and young people. They do not need any previous commercial experience to apply for this post.
This is an exciting opportunity for a researcher interested in learning more about the world of mission-focused start-ups to get a very different type of ‘industry’ experience. They’ll join our in-house R&D team and work directly with start-up founders in a supportive, research-focused commercial environment. The R&D Fellow will gain particular understanding and significant hands-on experience of research in the context of early-stage innovation.
This may appeal to arts and humanities PhD students who are expecting to complete their viva before October and/or any ECRs who may be considering their next move and interested in innovation. They can find more information about this opportunity and apply for the R&D Fellowship here. The deadline for applications is 18:00 on Monday 30th August 2021.
Contact Rachel Middlemass for more information