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Performing Science - Mapping a Human Experience

   Department of Surgery and Cancer

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  Prof R Kneebone  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

We are seeking a full-time PhD student to join a new team in exploring what it means to perform in science, engineering, business and medicine at Imperial College London, one of the world’s leading research-intensive universities.

This ground-breaking work, funded by the College’s Learning and Teaching Strategy, will document the lived experiences of doing, becoming and communicating which often escape attention in publications and other third-person outputs of scientific research. The project (funded for 3 years in the first instance) will establish an area of research with far-reaching theoretical and practical implications for higher education. 

The project will include observing, documenting, and analysing laboratory and workshop practices; exploring the human experience of becoming a scientist or engineer; and examining the complex nature of communication within and beyond the university.

You will be part of a team of two PhD students and a postdoctoral researcher, working under the guidance and supervision of project leads Roger Kneebone (Professor of Surgical Engagement and Simulation Science at Imperial), Martyn Kingsbury (Professor and Director of Educational Development at Imperial) and Aaron Williamon (Professor of Performance Science at the Royal College of Music (RCM)).

You will also collaborate with an unusual group of expert ‘non-science performers’ (from fields including music, dance, magic and other performing arts; safety-critical industries; and elite sport) whose perspectives will illuminate this research. These experts form part of the Imperial-RCM Centre for Performance Science, one of Imperial’s Multi-faculty Centres of Excellence.

Person Specification

You will be part of an unconventional and innovative group, with opportunities to shape and develop the work as it evolves. You will have a background at undergraduate and Masters level in education, humanities, social or natural science, medicine or other relevant discipline; excellent interpersonal skills; and a willingness to develop and engage in a new area of enquiry. 

About the studentships

The successful candidate will work within the Imperial College Centre for Engagement and Simulation Science (ICCESS, directed by Kneebone and Bello), in collaboration with the Imperial-Royal College of Music Centre for Performance Science (CPS, directed by Kneebone and Williamon).

Application requirements

Should you require further details on the role please contact Professor Roger Kneebone, [Email Address Removed]

To apply, please send a supporting statement and your curriculum vitae to [Email Address Removed]

Funding Notes

The 3-year PhD studentship is funded by the Learning & Teaching Strategy at Imperial College London. The funding for each covers an annual tax-free stipend (£17,609 in 2021/22 and increasing by approximately £200-£300 each year), tuition fees at the Home fee rate and a flexible annual £750 consumables budget (for training, conference attendance etc).
The stipends awarded to PhD students are tax free and incur no income tax or national insurance contributions. International students may apply, however they will need to self-fund the difference between Home and International fee rates.
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