PhD Studentship available in Human Centred Design Research

“Light, Touch, Matters”

A fully funded PhD studentship is available from 1st February 2013 at Brunel Design, School of Engineering & Design, Brunel University, London on the exciting EU FP7 funded project “Light, Touch, Matters”. LTM is a large consortium involving academic partners as well as small and medium enterprises across Europe. We aim to envision potential breakthrough applications of human-centred design (HCD) research by developing new design led technologies in OLED and piezoelectric materials fields for meaningful user experiences in healthcare and wellbeing applications.

We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic PhD design student with an interest in human-centred design approach for understanding how material properties (functional as well as aesthetic and perceptual) elicit meaningful experiences to their users through research into product-user interaction. The HCD research will lead to understand the potential people’ needs, wishes, expectations and sensory perceptions that envision the entire product experience, and to explore contexts of use to generate new meaningful scenarios in which potential applications will be used in the field of health and well-being. The PhD student is then expected to develop different design concepts of concrete potential applications based on the novel smart materials developed in Light.Touch.Matters, making use of the identified functional, aesthetic and perceptual properties of these materials and the meaningful product experiences these can evoke. The PhD design student will be involved in the user trials stages of the project from the development of new materials to the technologies involved in processing and testing them. The PhD design student will be also expected to be involved with all key stakeholders (consumers, healthcare professionals, etc.) within the defined context of care and wellbeing. Candidates will have at least a 2.1 class degree in product design engineering or industrial design (or related discipline). He/she should be a team player, proactive, have good communication skills, and be willing to adapt to related subjects with which he/she is less familiar.

Applications from UK/EU, as well as overseas students are welcome and encouraged.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr M. Ajovalasit at

To apply for this position, please send your CV and the contact details of at least two referees to Dr M. Ajovalasit  by 5pm on 25th January 2013

Or apply online at


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