Opportunities to embark on PhD study in 2016: four funded places within the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University

Posted on behalf of Hazel Hall.

The School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University is currently advertising four funded research studentships. Applications are due by Friday 15th January 2016, interviews for the places will take place in February 2016, and the four successful candidates will join us at a mutually convenient time in the first or second quarter of 2016 (i.e. a date prior to the end of June 2016).

On this occasion applications are sought in twelve specific areas. Those of us within the Centre for Social Informatics are particularly interested in receiving applications on two themes: (1) information systems for organisational effectiveness; and (2) digital media for cultural engagement.

For the first theme noted above proposals are invited from candidates keen to undertake experimental research on user interaction and satisfaction with information systems/technology. Examples include studies of the use of systems/technology for knowledge discovery or decision making, and the use of technology makerspaces for innovation and creative activity. Proposals on the second theme – widening cultural engagement through the use of digital media – should focus on exploring how innovative technologies allow citizens to engage with cultural resources in new ways.

If you are interested in applying for one of these studentships please send the 4 following files to researchdegrees@napier.ac.uk by Friday 15th January 2016:

  1. A completed application form
  2. A completed research academic reference form with the names and contact details of two referees
  3. A research proposal on one of the named topic areas listed in the call for applications. Your proposal should demonstrate an understanding of the background to the research area, outline the research questions to be investigated in the proposed study, and make it clear how this work will fit with the research profile of the School. (In the case of the two research themes discussed above, the fit with the work of the Centre for Social Informatics should also be taken into consideration.)
  4. A covering letter that gives details of your background, qualifications and research interests

International students are welcome to apply. All successful candidates will be fully funded (with a living stipend of £13,863, and fees paid).

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