Job: 3-year Doctoral Studentships at Centre for HCI Design, City University London

Centre for HCI Design, City University London

3-year Doctoral Studentships
Closing date for applications: 9th March 2012

City University London is continuing its investment in academic excellence by offering up to 70 fully-funded, full-time, 3-year Doctoral Studentships for entry in October 2012.

As part of this initiative, the Centre for HCI Design (HCID) in the School of Informatics invites applications from well-qualified candidates wishing to join our vibrant research community.  We are looking for applicants who are interested in undertaking innovative and inspirational research in areas including:

  • Novel interfaces: mobile and pervasive interactive systems, inclusive interaction for users with disabilities, intelligent user interfaces, tabletop and multi-touch interaction, evaluation, end-user programming of intelligent and recommender systems
  • Creativity and innovation in design thinking, new digital design tools and techniques
  • Collaborative work in domains including healthcare, creativity, social computing
  • Service centric systems, ubiquitous design tools, scenario-driven software engineering, creative requirements and software design, ubiquitous requirements engineering
  • Digital libraries, digital information use, information seeking, search engine usability

The studentships include a full tuition fee waiver, an annual bursary (£15,500 for 2012/13, expected to rise in line with inflation in subsequent years) and a one-off allowance of £1,000 for conference attendance, equipment etc.  Continuation of the award after the first year is subject to confirmation of satisfactory progress.  Recipients will usually be expected to undertake some form of teaching support activity in their second and third years as part of the studentship arrangements, by agreement with the School.  Support for the development of research skills is also provided.


Applicants should have at least a 2.1 Honours Degree or equivalent in a relevant subject.  Applications should be made on the PhD application form and should be accompanied by a CV, proof of academic qualifications, two references and a research proposal.  Please state on the application form that you wish to be considered for a University studentship.

Completed applications should be sent to Mark Firman ( at the School of Informatics, City University London, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB, by the closing date of 9th March 2012.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their application and their research proposal with the Senior Tutor for Research in HCID, Stephanie Wilson (, in advance of submitting an application.  The research proposal is an important part of the application and will be considered during the selection process.  The proposal (maximum 3 sides of A4 plus references) should include: abstract, clearly set out research objectives, the methodology to be used in the research, brief review of relevant research literature and an indication of what the proposed research would contribute to the discipline, outlined workplan, statement of why you wish to pursue the topic and what you will bring to it.

Further details:

Further details of the studentships are available at:

Full details of how to submit a studentship application to the School of Informatics are available at:

And information about the Centre for HCI Design can be found at:


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