Ph.D studentship in Design Engineering  - Imperial College London - Dyson School of Design Engineering

Applications are invited for a research studentship in the field of Design Engineering starting in October 2018 and leading to the award of a PhD degree.


In order to support innovation, we conduct scientific studies of design creativity. The aim of this doctoral research is to develop new tools that can leverage design engineers’ creativity, by facilitating multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural collaboration in design projects. Based on previous studies on design creativity, the Ph.D candidate will imagine and design a new tool. The impact of the tool on designers’ activity will be assessed through a series of observations in real-life context.


The post is supported by a bursary and fees (at the UK/EU student rate) provided by the EPSRC. To be eligible for funding, you must have no restrictions on how long you can stay in the UK and been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years. More information on eligibility here. Please feel free to contact us for checking your eligibility.

Research environment

You will work within a passionate and dynamic team of innovators and researchers, in the newly refurbished facilities of the Dyson School of Design Engineering ( You will also have extensive interactions with research collaborators from institutions in Europe and in Asia.

Required skills

We are seeking candidates with a minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) first degree in Design Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or a related subject, and a “Maker” mindset. A passion for design and innovation, demonstrated by extra-curricular activities or industrial experience, is desirable. Knowledge in micro-computing or 3d printing is an asset. Good team-working and communication skills are essential. 

How to apply

Informal inquiries should be sent to Dr. Celine Mougenot:, along with a CV.  Applications can be received until 30th April 2018.

About the Dyson School of Design Engineering

The Dyson School of Design Engineering is the 10th and newest engineering department at Imperial College London. It was formed in July 2014, building on the long-standing design and engineering expertise at Imperial as well as the world-renowned Innovation Design Engineering (IDE) programme run jointly by Imperial and the Royal College of Art. The Dyson School of Design Engineering draws together teaching and research in the field, building on decades of design engineering successes across Imperial College and through its collaboration with the Royal College of Art.

Our academics and researchers have strong links with industrial, government and charity sectors with expertise and interests ranging from the design of complex systems to that of platforms, artefacts, consumer products and experiences. Imperial is a great place to work, being in the heart of London, surrounded by commercial organisations, innovation hubs and industry, museums, concert halls, places to eat and drink: an exciting meeting place for people from around the world.

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