BFI XR Stories Research Fellow

British Film Institute


Salary: £37,374 to £44,163

The BFI is seeking an outstanding candidate for a 12 month fixed-term Research Fellowship position.

The successful candidate will sit as part of the Research and Statistics Unit, the BFI’s in-house producers of research and insight on the UK’s screen industry, whilst simultaneously enjoying an associate research position with the University of York’s XR Stories team.

XR Stories is a major research initiative supported by the AHRC’s Creative Industry Cluster Programme that explores the potential of immersive and interactive technologies for digital storytelling. It is home to a thriving community of researchers of which the Research Fellow will be part.

Project brief

We are looking for a researcher with a strong academic interest in one or more of the following broad areas as they relate to the research goals of XR Stories and the screen sector:

  • Immersive and interactive technologies
  • Digital and data-driven methodologies
  • Virtual production
  • Economic geographies
  • Skills
  • UK Independent film
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion

As part of the application process you will be asked to outline a programme of work related to one or more of the above areas which must more broadly align with the aims and objectives of both the BFI and XR Stories. Your proposal should be no more than 750 words. The successful candidate will then work with the research teams at the BFI and XR Stories on finalising the details of the project once in place.

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to contribute to a research programme that crosses sectors, disciplines and industries, enjoying the best of both academic and industry-focussed worlds.

More information about XR Stories can be found here:

About the BFI

We support diversity and inclusion, and as an organisation recognise that we need to address under representation within our teams. As such we strongly welcome and encourage applicants from our under-represented groups; who identify as D/deaf and disabled and/or are ethnically diverse.

We guarantee a first interview to our under-represented groups who meet our minimum requirements. How we are doing, including our pay gaps and our commitment to Black Lives Matter can be found on our website at

We operate a hybrid working model at the BFI. Exact working arrangements for this role are to be agreed with the hiring manager.

You will enjoy benefits such as our pension scheme, excellent support for working parents, 28-33 days annual leave, tickets to BFI festivals and events plus many others.

To apply

Further details about the post can be obtained by visiting the BFI website.

First interviews will be held in on Monday 31 January 2022

The closing date for this position is 13/01/2022 at 23:59

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