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GTA-PhD Scholarship in Augmented Reality

School of Computing & Digital Technologies

Location:  Stoke campus
Salary:   £15,009 per annum
Tenure:  Full time Fixed term for 3 years from January 2020 - January 2023
Release Date:  Wednesday 23 October 2019
Closing Date:   Saturday 30 November 2019
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  CDT19-GTAPHD02RRA

Staffordshire University is pleased to announce a fully funded PhD scholarship in the School of Computing and Digital Technologies, to commence January 2020. The successful candidates will receive an annual stipend of £15,009 with PhD tuition fees waived for three years. You will be expected to take up to 250 hours of teaching or teaching related activities per academic year in the School of Computing and Digital Technologies. The posts are located on the Stoke-On-Trent campus.

Duration: January 2020 – January 2023

Application deadline: 30 November 2019

Project title: Augmented Reality in Holocaust Memorials and Museums – A case study in the Neuengamme memorial site


Prof. Minhua Eunice Ma, Professor of Computer Games Technology, Staffordshire University

Dr. Reimer Moller, Head of Archive, Neuengamme Memorial Site, Hamburg, Germany

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD scholarship in the emergent areas of Augmented Reality (AR) and its applications in Holocaust memorials and museums. AR research and development has made rapid progress in the past decades. More advanced and portable AR hardware has become available, and registration accuracy, graphics quality and device size have been largely improved, which led to a rapid growth in the adoption of AR technology in various application domains.

In this project, you will design and develop an augmented reality application that provides an immersive experience for visitors to the Neuengamme memorial site in Hamburg. The application will offer meaningful, critically-informed interactions with Holocaust landscapes, relevant archives and other onsite material evidences. It will provide a creative window to the brickworks and slave labour in brick production in the concentration camp system, and help visitors to visualise and understand the chronology of the Holocaust and the connection between facts, locations, historical records, people and their memories, which are otherwise difficult to grasp or imagine. You will carry out user studies to evaluate the AR application, to investigate the impacts of AR technology on visitors’ understanding of the Holocaust and their memory of the visit.


* You will have or expect to have a UK Honours degree at 2.1 (or above), a Masters degree, or equivalent qualifications in computer science, games art/ design/ development.

* International applicants whose first language is not English are required to achieve IELTS 6.5 with a minimum score of 6 in each element

* Familiar with 3D modelling software (Maya or 3ds) and Unity game engine

* Familiar with a programming/scripting language (C++ or C#)

* Experience of VR or AR content development is beneficial.

* Able to solve complex technical problems that occur within the production

* Able to travel to the Neuengamme memorial site on annual basis

Informal inquiries can be made to Professor Minhua Eunice Ma (

How to apply 

Please submit your application online at by the deadline, with the following documents.

  • Your CV
  • A PhD research proposal based on the project description above (Proposals on other projects will not be considered for the scholarship). Your proposal should include the information given below and not exceed 2 pages. (What problem you plan to investigate? Your motivation for carrying out this research. Why is it important? How will it contribute to existing knowledge? a literature review, an outline of how you intend to carry out the your research, any special equipment, hardware and software required for your PhD project.)
  • Your digital portfolio or a link to your online portfolio (optional)
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At the University we celebrate diversity and promote equality and inclusion amongst our staff and students. As such, we welcome applications from all, regardless of personal characteristics or background. We particularly welcome applications from Women and Black and Asian Minority Ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within the University at a senior level.

To apply, you will be required to complete an online application form and submit a copy of your CV quoting the relevant reference number for the role you are applying for.

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