PhD Studentship Virtual Prototyping of Tactile Displays

Supervisor: Professor Mike Adams

Application deadline: 28 August 2013

This position is for one of the Partners for the EU FP7 Project Prototouch. This is a Marie Curie Training Network coordinated by the University of Birmingham. The post is based at Metec Ingenieur AG an SME in Stuttgart, Germany.

The post is a three-year full-time position for a student to study the frictional interactions of the human finger pad with next generation touch screens having haptic feedback, which will be developed as the main aim of the ITN PROTOTOUCH.

The PROTOTOUCH Network is coordinated by the University of Birmingham in the UK and comprises 10 industrial and academic partners from the UK, Belgium, Sweden, Slovenia, Switzerland, France and Germany. In addition, 4 associated partners will provide training opportunities: ST-Ericsson in France and, Unilever R&D, Skillstudio and The Department of Design in the UK. The researcher will be based at the Metec-AG, Germany, Stuttgart but will have secondments and visits to other partners, which will provide broad interdisciplinary and intersectoral research experience.

The post is an opportunity for an energetic postgraduate with interests in bio-mechanics to collaborate with researchers in internationally-leading academic institutions, multi-national companies and SMEs to create an exciting novel user interface. The start date will be September/October 2013. The Network will operate an Equal Opportunities recruitment policy and female candidates are encouraged to apply. The project will be in the areas of Mechanical and Precision Engineering.

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Person specification:

A first degree in physical science/engineering/psychophysics to at least 2:1 level with up-to-date knowledge, skills and experience in the relevant subject area.

Funding Notes:

Salary (which will be subject to UK taxation) will be at the EU Marie Curie rate of €27,000/annum.

Initial enquiries may be directed to Professor Mike Adams, ( or Kathleen Hynes (

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