Applications are invited for a fully funded EPSRC PhD studentship in Design/HCI within Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design at the University of Dundee. The successful applicant will join a growing interdisciplinary research group with backgrounds in Design, HCI, Computing, Service Design and Art, with a strong international research track record, and will have opportunities for collaborative research with FutureEverything.

The PhD project will apply design research and digital design skills to explore the potential for data-enabled services, interfaces and experiences which create new possibilities for city life.

The PhD research would identify, develop and evaluate a series of innovative, yet practical, front-end use cases and solutions. It would involve participation in the design, implementation and evaluation of novel services, interfaces and experiences. The focus is on scoping requirements and creating new services with data, which may include open, sensor, and citizen generated data. The PhD will be outward facing, and will test approaches to the development of innovative services, interfaces and experiences using data, by businesses, city officials, citizens and designers.

Potential research themes can include:

  • Innovative services, systems, interfaces and experiences that can change the ways people live, work, play, learn and govern.
  • Enabling citizens and city officials to visualise, make sense of, and take decisions using data.
  • Supporting citizen interaction with data, including new novel modalities for input and output of data, and new devices.
  • Strategies and mechanisms for engagement of multiple stakeholders encompassing both bottom up and top down e.g. art and gamification.
  • Service Localisation and Local Ownership of Data.

Under supervision of Dr. Drew Hemment, Dundee Fellow and Founder of FutureEverything. With opportunities for the doctoral researcher to select and develop use cases, communities and challenges. Some requirement of travel for field trials in Manchester and other cities and publication of work arising from that.

Criteria and Eligibility
Applicants should have a first class degree or good 2:1 and/or a masters or equivalent experience in Design, Interaction Design, Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Science, Product Design or Service Design. They shall have experience of user engagement, user research, user testing and evaluation methods from Design and/or HCI, and the ability to develop digital experience prototypes and/or fully-functioning digital prototypes.

The award is open to eligible UK/EU nationals and will cover fees and a stipend of approximately £13,863 per annum for 42 months. Full information on eligibility criteria for this scholarship can be found on the RCUK website.

Following interview the successful applicant will also need to apply and meet the University of Dundee’s entry requirements for PhD study.

Application and Further Details

Application deadline 5 January 2015. The PhD is expected to commence from Jan/Feb 2015.

Applicants should submit a CV and a two-page statement describing their interest in pursuing a PhD and their experience as it relates to the topic to: Fiona Fyffe, Postgraduate Administrator, DJCAD.

Informal enquiries to: Dr. Drew Hemment.

Further information can be found here.