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PhD Studentship in Psychology and Design Engineering

Imperial College London - Dyson School of Design Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: London
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £16,777 p.a.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 19th July 2018
Closes: 1st October 2018

Applications are invited for a research studentship in the field of Psychology and Design Engineering leading to the award of a PhD degree and starting in October 2018.

* Aims: Anxiety is a growing problem that many people face on a daily basis. The aim of this doctoral research is to help develop tools aiming to alleviate anxiety in everyday life by working collaboratively and across multidisciplinary borders to explore probabilistic models of human anxiety development which could subsequently be used to develop an application. This work will be theoretically grounded in developmental and clinical psychology, and the PhD candidate will help generate research as well as work in an advisory capacity towards app development. The impact of the theoretical models will be assessed using quantitative methods.

* Funding: The post is supported by a bursary and fees (at the UK/EU student rate) provided by the EPSRC. To be eligible for funding, you must have no restrictions on how long you can stay in the UK and been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years. More information on eligibility here:

* Research environment: You will work within a passionate and dynamic team of innovators and researchers, in the newly refurbished facilities of the Dyson School of Design Engineering ( The School was formed in 2014, building on the long-standing design and engineering expertise at Imperial as well as the world-renowned Innovation Design Engineering programme run jointly by Imperial and the Royal College of Art. You will also have extensive interactions with research collaborators from institutions in Europe and in Asia.

* Required skills: We are seeking candidates with a minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) first degree in Psychology, Design Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or a related subject. An in-depth understanding of human beings from a psychological standpoint is necessary, as is a high level of quantitative data analysis skills. In addition, good team-working and communication skills are essential. Informal inquiries should be sent to Dr. Nejra Van Zalk:, along with a CV. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to submit a formal PhD application via the College’s online admissions system.

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