UK: 13 PhD positions in creative design

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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: http://www.comp.lancs.ac.uk/~corina/DESIRE.
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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 appointment.

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 below).

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

Coordinator:

Dr. Corina Sas
Computing Department
InfoLab21
South Drive
Lancaster University
LA1 4WA
United Kingdom

Tel: +44(0)1524 510318
Fax: +44(0)1524 510492
Email: corina@comp.lancs.ac.uk
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