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PhD in Human-Computer Interaction of Medical Devices

Reference Number PHDHCID

Contract Duration Fixed Term

Hours Full-time  

CHI+MED is a major EPSRC funded research project that brings together researchers from UCL, Swansea University, Queen Mary University of London, and City University to improve the usability and safety of interactive medical devices. Improving the safety of interactive medical devices is a pressing area for research because even simple errors can result in incorrect treatment, or patient death.

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD position in the area of Human-computer interaction with respect to safer medical devices. It will focus on the topic of designing interactions with medical devices that help the user maintain their attention when facing repeated interruptions. The position will be based at City University London's Centre for Human-Computer Interaction Design working within the CHI+MED project.

The student will be supervised by Dr. George Buchanan and also by Dr. Paul Curzon from Queen Mary, University of London collaborate. Their work will focus on how interaction design can help nursing staff maintain their concentration on programming medical devices, despite the many distractions found within a hospital ward.

Applicants should have a first or upper-second (2:1) class honours degree in Psychology, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science or another related area and have a clear interest in human-computer interaction. Experience of running controlled experiments with human participants is essential, and an ability to design and create example interfaces is highly desirable. A good ability in computing and programming are also desirable.

Candidates should have excellent written and verbal communication skills. British and EU nationals who meet the UK residency requirements, as defined by EPSRC, will receive a full award covering both tuition fees and a tax-free annual stipend starting at £15,590 per annum. The post is also open to overseas candidates, who will receive the annual stipend, but please note that only a portion of the total tuition fee, equivalent to the UK fee (£3390 per annum), will be covered.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Dr George Buchanan (

To apply, please visit the How to Apply page and send all documentation to:

Dr. George Buchanan

Centre for HCI Design,
2nd Floor College Building,
City University London
Northampton Square,

Please note: we cannot process applications until we have received all the relevant documents.

Closing date for applications: 9 December 2011.