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PhD Studentship in Human-Computer Interaction - Developing future interfaces for digital health data

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, February 25, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in the UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC - and Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), funded by an EPSRC DTP grant for up to 3.75 years from April 2019.

Supervisors: Profs. Yvonne Rogers (UCLIC) and Neil Sebire (GOSH)

The project seeks to develop novel interfaces for digital health at UCLIC/GOSH. The aim is to investigate how best to combine voice interaction with visual interfaces to augment human-decision making. The application area is digital health, with a focus on how to make burgeoning heath data more accessible to clinicians by providing them with new tools and ways of interacting with it. In particular, the goal is to provide a new understanding about how to enable clinicians to make more informed decisions about healthcare, with an emphasis on how best to support teams of clinicians working together. The PhD will involve designing and evaluating multimodal prototypes (combining voice and visualisations) and testing them in the lab and in the wild.

The studentship is in collaboration with one of the world’s leading hospitals for children, Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). There will be opportunities to work in GOSH’s new state-of-the-art DRIVE unit (Digital Research, Informatics and Virtual Environments) and collaborate with the tech companies who are working with the DRIVE team.

Person Specification

Applicants should be interested in Human-Computer Interaction and should possess a Masters degree in a related discipline. Prospective candidates should also have an interest and experience in physical computing and novel interface design.


Applications are invited from UK and EU citizens residing in UK. In particular, applicants must meet EPSRC eligibility and residency requirements found here:

Start Date: April 2019

Application Procedure

Applicants should submit their applications via UCL Select by 25 February 2019 – NB: please notify Louise Gaynor with your application number when you apply. Applications must include:
1. Contact details of applicant
2. A personal statement and separate research proposal (2 – 5 pages) describing the research question, a summary of some relevant literature, and an outline of the type of research to be conducted (including ideas about which methods would be appropriate).
3. Name and email contact details of 2 referees
4. Academic transcripts
5. A CV

UCL Select:

Interviews with short-listed applicants will begin from 11th March 2019.
Questions about the studentship can be made to Prof Yvonne Rogers () while queries about the application process can be made to Louise Gaynor: .

Funding Notes

Please be aware that this funding (fees and stipend of approx.. £16,000 per annum) is only available to UK/EU candidates who have (a) settled status in the UK, with no restrictions on how long they can stay and (b) been 'ordinarily resident' in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the studentship and (c) not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education.

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