Europe: 13 PhD Positions in New EU Funded Marie Curie Initial Training Network

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13 PhD positions in new EU funded Marie Curie Initial Training Network:
DESIRE – Creative Design for Innovation in Science and Technology

Coordinator: Lancaster University, UK

Partners: Eindhoven University
of Technology in The Netherlands, Copenhagen Business School in
Denmark, University of Milan in Italy, The Portuguese Catholic
University in Portugal, University of Aveiro in Portugal, and Philips
Research in The Netherlands.

Initial Deadline: 15 September 2008

DESIRE aims to make theoretical contributions to the field of creative
design by bringing together expertise in human computer interaction,
psychology, arts and design. The network aims to advance our
understanding of creative design processes applied in the scientific
and technological problem solving. This will lead to the elaboration of
(i) theories and models of creative processes in general, and those
involved in creative problem solving in particular, and (ii) a toolbox
of methods, techniques and systems to support both creative design
processes and creativity training.

The network places particular emphasis on the research training to
be provided to successful candidates. Thus, each researcher will
benefit from a rich training program that will take advantage of both local and network wide activities, as well as of conferences and summer schools.

Applications are invited for 13 studentships on creative design, 4
of which at Lancaster University, UK. The positions are funded by the
EU for 36 months. The network requires expertise from various
disciplines and the specific requirements as well as details about each
individual projects can be found at: Aligned with the specific
requirements of each project, the applicants should have a good degree
in Computer Science, Psychology, Design or Arts. They should also have
the ability to work independently and as part of a group, possess good
communication skills, and be able to write high quality technical
reports. The working language in this project is English. We encourage
applications from all interested students, regardless of gender, race, disability, etc. The network aims to appoint women to at least 40% of the positions.

Restrictions: Candidates should have less than 4 years of research
experience. Positions are open to candidates of any nationality with
the exception that the student may not have resided in the country of
the host institution for more than one year in the 3 years before


Application process: To discuss project opportunities, please
contact either the lead supervisor, for information on a specific
project, or the Coordinator for general enquiries (see contact details

The initial closing date for formal applications is 15 September.
Review of applications and references will begin in October 2008 and
will continue until the positions are filled. We expect successful
candidates to join the network between October and December 2008.
Formal applications should be
emailed to the Coordinator and should include:

  1. Full CV
  2. Names of three referees
  3. A statement of your academic interests, including the DESIRE
    projects in which you are interested (up to 3 in rank order) and the
    reasons for your preference. Please do not exceed 2 sides of A4.
  4. Publication list

Dr. Corina Sas
Computing Department
South Drive
Lancaster University
United Kingdom

Tel: +44(0)1524 510318
Fax: +44(0)1524 510492
Email: corina[ at ]


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