Industrial Designer (Research Fellow)

) £31,681 to £41,775 pa incl. London Weighting + market supplement
18 December 2018
14 January 2019
Job Function
Contract Type
Full Time


Impacting Business by Design (IBbD)

Industrial Designer (Research Fellow)

Vacancy Ref: 12789

Salary (R1) £31,681 to £41,775 pa incl. London Weighting + market supplement (negotiable).
Full Time, Fixed Term to 31 March 2021

Brunel Design is seeking to appoint an Industrial Design Practitioner with expertise in contemporary design practice and new product development, to enhance the delivery of our exciting new research and innovation programme Impacting Business by Design (IBbD). The programme aims to bring about lasting improvements to the productivity and competitiveness of businesses (SMEs and larger enterprises) across the UK by improving their ability to successfully develop and commercialise new products and services. The IBbD programme is funded with a £4.648 million grant by Research England, under Connecting Capability Fund (CCF).

The appointee will be part of a core team of full-time design practitioners, academics and researchers to engage in collaborative design innovation projects with businesses of different types to help them create the working prototypes for products and services that they otherwise might struggle to bring to the market in a timely way - by providing the necessary research, design, development consultancy support. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in Industrial Design, Product Design or Product Design Engineering and ideally a further degree or professional qualification. The appointtee should be experienced both in contemporary professional design practice and innovative design approaches. 

The core team consists of three interconnected professional design studios at Brunel University, London, De Montfort and Nottingham Trent, which will carry out a range of collaborative projects with qualifying businesses. The appointee will take on an important role in designing products alongside the core team and in close collaboration with our project partners. The additional partners include the British Industrial Design Association (BIDA), the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association (CAIA) and the Manufacturers' Organisation (EEF).

The responsibility of the Industrial Designer within the IBbD team is to assist in the design, development and delivery of new and existing products with client companies from conception through to production. As part of the team, you will be responsible for the success of the projects, guiding the aesthetic, technical and administrative elements of the design and development process, as well as managing expectations by senior level staff. 

The Industrial Designer is expected to manage their time and prioritise tasks to deliver commercially successful products within the planned budget. The appointee will be expected to engage with the client business and produce design outcomes consonant with the business strengths and weaknesses and the mission, vision and values, which guide and grow the company. 

The Industrial Designer's role involves:

  • Taking projects from conception to manufacture;
  • Development of ideas both alone and in teams;  
  • Presenting ideas; 
  • 3D CAD/CAE design; 
  • Design for mass manufacture across various sectors;
  • Up to date knowledge with design related trends and events; 
  • Liaise with the design and technical teams at Brunel University, partner universities and within client companies; and
  • Support the preparation of reports, academic papers and presentations where appropriate.

Accountable to: Principal Investigator (PI) and Project Director

For more information, please contact: Dr Vanja Garaj, Head of Design and PI (, 01895 266 964).

Closing date: 14 January 2019

For further details and to apply please click the Apply button. 


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