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QM Invites Applications for Life Sciences PhD Studentship [Deadline passed]

The Department of Drama and the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science invite applications for a Life Sciences PhD studentship for 2014 entry [The deadline for applications has now passed].

12 December 2013

Key Details

  • Project Title: Qualitative topologies of shared space in interaction
  • Deadline: 31 January 2014
  • Supervisors:  Prof. Patrick Healey (School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science), Dr Graham White (School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science), Prof. Lois Weaver (School of English and Drama), Dr Martin Welton (School of English and Drama)     
  • Primary School/Institute: School of English and Drama
  • Secondary School/Institute: School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

About the University

Queen Mary University of London is making a significant investment in the development of a Life Sciences Institute, which will focus on post-genomic population health. The new Institute will be highly interdisciplinary drawing on expertise from all three of Queen Mary’s faculties. As well as the basic scientific research and translation to clinical use, the Institute will also consider the social and ethical issues associated with the research. We shall bring together researchers and external partners in the fields ranging from the biomedical sciences, bioinformatics, tissue- and bio-engineering, ethics, law, economics and geography.

This new institute intends to be the UK’s leading research facility, aiming to start realising the promise of personalized health care, it will address major public health issues such as obesity and cancer with the long-term aim of improving health outcomes for all. 

Project Description:

The Department of Drama and the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science invite applications for a Life Sciences studentship for 2014 entry. We would welcome applications from suitably qualified candidates for proposals to investigate Qualitative topologies of shared space in interaction. The successful candidate will work across both departments to design and run an innovative cross-disciplinary research project that jointly builds on recent interests in dance, theatre and psychology in qualitative understandings of spatial interaction and in phenomenological approaches to meaning in movement and gesture. Jointly supervised by the Department of Drama and the Cognitive Science Group in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, the successful candidate will draw on a variety of theories and methodologies concerned with spatiality and interaction including: choreographic theory, phenomenological approaches to embodiment, interaction psychology and body-based psychotherapy. The student will seek to examine the relevance of interdisciplinary studies and approaches for the understanding of non-verbal interaction in its specialist deployment in the choreography of contemporary dance, in comparison to populations for whom the qualitative sense of spatial interactions is reduced, such as those with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. The project offers an opportunity to undertake empirically grounded studies of choreographic production and reception that contrast aesthetic and psychological studies of interaction, and to produce clinically beneficial data and methods. Applications are particularly welcome from candidates with familiarity with motion capture technologies.

The student will be jointly supervised by colleagues in the Department of Drama and the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, and will have access to the specialist expertise and facilities of both including performance studios and motion-capture systems. Potential supervisors include Dr Martin Welton and Prof. Lois Weaver (Drama) and Prof. Patrick Healey and Dr Graham White (EECS). The student will be able to participate in research training opportunities and seminars offered by both Departments/Schools, the Life Sciences Institute and other Schools/Institutes (e.g. Wolfson Centre for Psychiatry) as determined by the needs of the project

This studentship is part of 12 individual studentships being advertised and funded by the Life Sciences Institute at QMUL. Please note that 6 studentship appointments will be made out of the 12 available studentships. Selection of studentships will be based on candidate quality.  

About the Student:

Queen Mary University of London is committed to appointing only the very best candidates to its PhD programmes. To apply you should have a good first degree (BA or BSc Honours or equivalent), at upper second class or equivalent with evidence of some 1st class work, and a Masters qualification (at Merit or above with evidence of some Distinction level work) in a cognate discipline related to the studentship. All applicants will be judged according to the same criteria, namely: record of academic and/or professional achievement; and compatibility with the theme of the studentship.

The Award:

Life Sciences Studentships are open to suitably qualified candidates from the UK & EU only. The Studentship consists of the full cost of tuition fees and £15,786 a year for maintenance for 3 years. Award holders will be expected to be resident in London during the 3 year period of the studentship.

Duration of Studentship: 3 years

How to apply:

Candidates are encouraged to discuss their research proposal with a member of academic staff specialising in their research area.

To apply, please visit:

Application Deadline:

The closing date for applications is 31st January 2014. All short-listed applicants will be interviewed shortly after the closing date (either face-to-face or by telephone).



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