Current Opportunities

Four year fully-funded PhD Studentship in partnership with GSK Healthcare

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As part of the September 2020 cohort intake, the Horizon CDT is delighted to announce that it is recruiting a suitably qualified and experienced PhD candidate for an exciting opportunity to carry out collaborative research in partnership with GSK Healthcare with a focus on recognising facial movements for wellbeing. Candidates are expected to have a background in Computer science or Chemistry, however candidates with backgrounds in other STEM subjects will be considered if they can demonstrate an interest and potential for research in the area covered by the theme.

Please see the How to Apply section for further information and to check if you are eligible to apply. Closing date for applications for this studentship is 30th June 2020.

About the project “Recognising facial movements for wellbeing”

This project is a BBSRC-funded iCASE studentship sponsored by GSK.  We are seeking to recruit a highly motivated student who is eager to work with GSK in a multi-disciplinary team involving computer scientists, material scientist, and experts in oral processing to apply novel motion visualisation, monitoring and analysis capabilities to uncover and quantify the pattern of oral movements and, more generally, oral behaviours of users of prosthetic and corrective dental devices. This goal is important because, increasingly, the use of dental devices requires individuals to adjust their behaviour to ensure everyday life and activities such as speech and eating are as natural as possible. With the growing interest in healthy ageing and oral health, new approaches are needed to ensure effective development of customised dental devices and adhesive formulation to enable minimal adjustments to achieve natural facial motions.

This Project focuses on combining new advances in motion capture, computer-based analysis (including the use of novel deep learning algorithms) and Oral Processing analysis, to provide fundamental and genuinely new underpinning insights into facial motions during use of dental devices, denture adhesives and dental patches.

The student will gain broad experience in many different areas including:

  • Computer-vision based object and face tracking
  • Behaviour analysis and deep learning
  • Facial motion analysis
  • Oral processing & Food Science

Horizon Creating Our Lives in Data Centre for Doctoral Training Programme

The Horizon Creating Our Lives in Data CDT aims to establish technologies and methods to enable producers and consumers in the Digital Economy to co-create smarter products in smarter ways, to re-establish trust in the use of personal data. Smarter products combine physical and digital technologies to deliver personalised blends of goods, services and user experiences. These are made through co-creation and data creativity in which consumers actively engage in shaping the products they use.

The EPSRC-supported Centre brings together leading figures from computing and engineering as well as the social sciences, business and humanities from the University of Nottingham; plus researchers from the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility at De Montfort University. We are co-funded by EPSRC and over 40 industry, third sector and international partners.

Our students are innovating applications across sectors including consumer goods and food, creative industries, high value products, transport, and health and wellbeing – seeking out new synergies between them. We do not expect that every student will be an expert in all of the areas mentioned above; our aim is to train people to work in transdisciplinary teams, ready to become future leaders in industry, the third sector and academia.

Our innovative four year PhD programme combines research, technical and professional skills training, an internship with a partner organisation, and opportunities for international exchanges. The programme is led by Professor Steve Benford, previously an EPSRC Dream Fellow, Visiting Researcher at Microsoft, the BBC’s first Visiting Professor, and the recipient of four BAFTA nominations; and Professor Sarah Sharples, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, who led the Human Factors Research Group, and is Past President of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics.

Successful candidates will benefit from:

  • A fully-funded four year PhD programme that integrates a leading-edge research project with research training in transdisciplinary skills.
  • An internship with one of our partners and opportunities for international exchange.
  • An enhanced stipend of £17,200 per annum.
  • Being part of a cohort of high achieving PhD researchers.
  • A world class research environment with a proven track record of successful Horizon CDT graduates.
  • Developing highly sought after interdisciplinary skills and experience.

How to apply

Please see the How to Apply section for further information about the recruitment process, eligibility, and full instructions on how to apply. Closing date for applications for this studentship 30th June 2020.

PhD student experience video

In this short video below, Horizon CDT student Pepita Stringer shares her experiences of studying for a multidisciplinary PhD within the EPSRC Horizon My Life in Data CDT.

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Horizon: Creating our Lives in Data is supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) under grant reference EP/S023305/1.