Job: Carol Kennedy PhD in Multi-Touch Technologies for Museums, Libraries and Archives

The University of Birmingham
College of Arts and Law
College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

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The Carol Kennedy PhD in Multi-Touch Technologies for Museums, Libraries and Archives

The Carol Kennedy PhD is a fully funded studentship, covering fees and standard living costs, and will explore the use of multi-touch technologies in museums, libraries and archives (MLAs). The student will re-present existing digital content held by these institutions, creating novel and exploratory ‘demonstrator’ projects that build on existing datasets/databases of text, 2D and 3D data. The candidate will use the world class facilities at the University of Birmingham to build their outputs and test them with diverse user groups. The thesis will contextualise this work in relation to current theory and practice of multi-touch technology use within MLAs, look at the design process for multitouch displays and how best to utilise and evaluate the technology to effectively meet user needs.

The successful candidate will work within cross-disciplinary, cross-sector teams using leading edge technologies. The PhD will be co-supervised by staff from the Heritage and Cultural Learning Hub (College of Arts and Law) and the new Human Computer Interaction Centre (College of Engineering and Physical Sciences).

For further details of the post, timing of interviews, and how to apply, please email  Sue Gilligan Operations Manager College of Arts and Law.

To discuss the MLA aspects of the project, please contact Dr Richard Clay (; to discuss the multitouch, design and interaction aspects, Prof Russell Beale (

The Studentship

The award will pay full fees and an annual maintenance grant of £13, 590 payable monthly in advance for up to three years.

Applications must be submitted by noon on Friday 19th November.

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