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Seeing is believing - large-scale visualisations in support of strategic decisions

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, May 03, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

Project Description

This position is an opportunity for an ambitious and engaged candidate who wishes to pursue doctoral studies in the area of strategic decision making and data visualisation.

The scholarship is part of a major collaborative research programme between The University of Manchester and the global fast moving consumer goods company Unilever, funded under the EPSRC Prosperity Partnership Centre in Advanced Fluid Engineering for Digital Manufacturing (CAFE4DM). The position is available to applicants who meet the programme entry requirements and who have outstanding potential as a researcher in the field of information visualisation for decision support.

The CAFE4DM research programme

We are engaged in an exciting academic-industry project on the digitalization of R&D and innovation processes in Unilever, the major multinational fast moving consumer goods company. The successful candidate will work alongside a team of senior researchers at AMBS to examine how visualisation techniques can support senior manager decision making during the process of developing and approving new products.

The PhD position is part of a research programme that is developing cutting-edge, inter-disciplinary research related to the development, adoption, and diffusion of digitalized R&D and innovation processes. The research programme is focused on four inter-related areas: 1) R&D and innovation practices within Unilever and comparable companies; 2) change management programmes that promote the adoption of new digital technologies in R&D and the new product development process; 3) how digitalization can help decision making by senior management; and 4) the transfer of digitalization practices within a global company.

We welcome applications that focus on the use of large-scale visualisation in support of strategic decision making and the factors that influence the adoption of such techniques by decision makers. Much of our research programme entails intensive interaction with managers at Unilever, and other organisations. We will therefore give special consideration to candidates with an interest in engaging with management practice, and an ability to relate to managers, industrial scientists and engineers.

Funding Notes

The Scholarship is only available to those who qualify as a Home student under EPSRC residency requirements. Nationals of EU countries are eligible only if they satisfy the EPSRC residential criteria: View Website.

The studentship will start in September 2019 and is available for up to three years, with a stipend equivalent to RCUK rates (approximately £15,000 per annum tax free for 2019/20, future years to be confirmed), full university tuition fees and travel support for fieldwork and conferences.

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