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Digital Content Designer / Lecturer

Vacancy details

  • Department: XPLOR / Academic
  • Location: Production Park
  • Reporting to: Development Director / Academic Director
  • Contract: Permanent
  • Application Closing date: 5th March 2021
  • Hours: Total of 40 hours per week (typical working day 0830-1730)
  • Salary range: Dependent on experience


The Digital Content Designer & Lecturer will take the lead on all visual design & content support development for research projects, and interactive & immersive technologies research within XPLOR and share their knowledge as a Lecturer for Backstage Academy students.  

50% of this post will be as a Lecturer in Backstage Academy, and 50% of this post directly contribute to the development and delivery of the XPLOR centre, part-funded by European Regional Development Funds (ERDF). In this role you will be directly reporting to both the Development Director and the Academic Director

About you

  • You will be an innovative thinker, able to demonstrate positive outcomes from the implementation of your ideas, and be able to provide new and creative solutions to problems.
  • Strong understanding of Immersive technology, game engines (ideally Unreal) and XR/VR/AR
  • Understanding of advanced visual media workflows and content development pipelines.
  • Degree qualified in relevant subject, with experience in teaching or training.
  • Experience of developing and participating in collaborative R&D projects with a commercial element to them
  • Keenly interested in developing new systems or proving technologies in new applications

Why should you join?

  • You will have an opportunity to make significant impact within an established business with a supportive culture, a global brand and strong reputation in the market.
  • Be "at the table" when strategic decisions are being made.
  • The opportunity to conceive and deliver new and innovative research projects.
  • Work closely with technologists and market sector leads to develop projects and initiatives in a highly collaborative, matrix environment.
  • Develop, test and launch business and funding models for new project ideas to create significant impact

All roles and effective immediately and will be based at Production Park, headquartered in XPLOR from Q4 2021. They come with industry competitive packages and the opportunity to be part of writing the next chapter in entertainment technology development. 

Backstage Academy is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, colour, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, nationality or ethnic origin.

Backstage Academy considers equivalent combinations of experience and education for certain jobs. All candidates who believe they possess equivalent experience and education are encouraged to apply.

How to apply

To apply, please download and complete the Vacancy Application Form and the Equal Opportunities Form and email to by no later than 5:30pm on Friday 5th March 2021.


If you have any questions about this role, please contact Graham Thorne, Course Leader for Live Visual Design & Production, or Jim Farmery, Development Director for XPLOR on 01977 659880 or email