PhD Position: University of York

The Digital Creativity Hub invites applications for fully funded PhD studentships in digital creativity at the University of York.

We are looking for applicants that

  • want to do cutting-edge research and practice in digital creativity,
  • are comfortable and eager to cross disciplinary boundaries,
  • have the creative and/or technical skills to create digital media with colleagues and industry (or the desire to acquire them),
  • want their work to have an impact in the world.

The newly founded Digital Creativity Hub is a world centre of excellence for impact-driven research, focusing on digital games, interactive media and the rich space where they converge. With the main site in York and spoke sites at Cass Business School, Goldsmiths, and Falmouth University, the hub is a major (£18 million) investment by three UK research councils, four universities, and over 100 partner organisations across digital games, media, heritage, museums, galleries, education, healthcare and analytics. See for more details.

We are particularly interested in applicants in the following areas:

  • Believable AI characters
  • Interactive data visualization and explorable explanations for science learning, digital civics and citizen science
  • Playful, gameful, and game-based learning
  • Audio games
  • Design for engagement
  • Merging game and learning analytics
  • Adaptive and context-aware media experiences, particularly for Social TV
  • Creativity and digital approaches to craft practice
  • Authorship tools and workflows for augmented reality
  • Heritage/archaeology and community engagement
  • Access to creative expression amongst people with disabilities

Exceptional candidates in other areas of digital creativity are also welcome. Depending on topic and supervisor, degrees can be conferred in computer science; theatre, film, television, and interactive media; or archaeology.

A studentship includes:

  • supervision and training by two researchers at the hub
  • a stipend that covers tuition and living allowance for 3.5 years
  • collaboration opportunities with some of our 50+ world-leading researchers and dozens of PhD students at the hub universities
  • the possibility of working with some of our 100+ industry and social institutions such as Sony, BBC, BT, Codemasters, IBM, Philips, Science Museum, Supermassive, or the Imaginarium

Application requirements are outstanding academic ability and fluency in the English language. Eligibility for the full stipend (tuition and living allowance) normally requires the applicant to be settled and ordinarily resident in the UK for three years prior to the grant, and EU citizenship and residency for a fee-only stipend. See for full details.

To be considered for a DC Hub studentship, apply no later than 23:59 GMT on Friday, April 29, 2016.

For a list of potential supervisors, detailed requirements and how to apply, see For further questions, contact us at <>.

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