PhD Research Studentship



Division of Manufacturing – Human Factors Research Group

Trust in Virtual Reality

The University of Nottingham’s Faculty of Engineering is one of the premier engineering faculties in the UK. The Faculty conducts research that has been recognised by the last Research Assessment Exercise as being world-leading or internationally excellent, placing Nottingham in the UK’s top five universities for engineering. The Faculty is a vibrant and supportive environment in which to work. It provides state-of-the art experimental and computational facilities and attracts leading scholars from around the world, many of whom are leaders in their fields.

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship (3 years) in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham.

The post is jointly funded by the University of Nottingham and an international automotive manufacturer. The student will work under the supervision of Dr Glyn Lawson. Dr Lawson has significant expertise in the human factors of advanced technologies in design and manufacturing applications. The studentship will focus on understanding trust in the virtual reality technologies being used within the automotive design process. Travel to the automotive partner’s design and engineering centre in the midlands will be an important part of the project.

Students should have research interests in one or more of the following areas:

  • Human factors / ergonomics
  • Automotive or product design
  • Virtual reality, augmented reality & simulation
  • User-centred design processes and methodologies

Students should have, or expect to obtain, a first-class or good 2:1 honours degree or MSc in human factors / ergonomics, product design, engineering, or a related subject.

The studentship will cover PhD tuition fees and a tax free stipend for three years (£13,726 for the 2013-14 academic year) for UK/EU students, due to funding restrictions. An additional £2000 a year may be awarded for students with a 1st class degree / MSc Distinction from a UK Russell Group University or equivalent. The studentship is expected to start in September/October 2013.

Informal enquiries prior to making an application, may be addressed to Dr Glyn Lawson.

If you are interested in making an application, please contact Dr Glyn Lawson directly, via the ‘Apply’ button below, with a covering letter stating clearly how you fulfil the requirements of the studentship, and include a CV and the names and addresses of two academic referees. Interviews will take place at the University of Nottingham. Please quote ref. ENG/704.

Closing Date: Open until filled.

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