PhD Studentship in Human Factors of Digital Manufacturing

University of Nottingham - Engineering

Location: University Park

Applications are invited from suitably qualified graduates for a fully funded PhD studentship in Human Factors in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham The student will work as part of the DigiTOP EPSRC funded project which aims to research the human factors of Digital Manufacturing Technologies to increase worker acceptance and operational performance of new manufacturing systems.

The PhD will focus on human factors theories and data analytics approaches to enable the design of digital manufacturing technologies for human requirements related to workload, situation awareness (SA) and decision making. Topics that could be covered may include: Design of interfaces to support use of robotics in manufacturing settings; Online tools for support of HF-led manufacturing design; human factors of digital twins, such as VR-based training and design, and multisensory VR systems.

The student will be jointly supervised by Dr Glyn Lawson and Professor Sarah Sharples of the Faculty of Engineering, The University of Nottingham, with potential additional input from other colleagues from manufacturing engineering or computer science. The PhD studentship will cover full university tuition fees and a tax-free stipend at the EPSRC rate £14,777 per annum for the duration of the project for UK/EU students (due to funding restrictions). The successful candidate will be based at the University of Nottingham, but may be expected to travel to project partner sites.


  • Due to funding restrictions, the position is only available for UK and EU candidates
  • Candidates must possess or expect to obtain, a 2:1 or 1st class degree in Psychology, Engineering or Computer Science. Applicants with a Human Factors/Ergonomics/HCI background are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • The student must be proficient in both written and spoken English, and possess excellent presentation and communication skills.
  • Candidates will be available to start before 1 October 2018.

For informal enquiries, please contact: Dr Glyn Lawson ( ).

To make an application, please send a covering letter stating clearly how you fulfil the requirements of the studentship, your research interests and include a CV, academic transcripts and the names and addresses of two academic referees, to

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