Opportunities in the Dyson School of Design Engineering

PhD vacancies

Studentship opportunities are listed here.


We have a full scholarship available for a PhD student to work within the Audio Experience Design team at the Dyson School of Design Engineering (Imperial College London). The student’s main supervisor will be Lorenzo Picinali, with the external contribution/supervision of Michele Geronazzo from the University of Udine.

This PhD programme will contribute to the ecosystem created by the SONICOM FET EU-Funded project, which aims at transforming auditory-based social interaction and communication in AR/VR (https://www.sonicom.eu/). 

The research will focus on exploring and assessing training/accommodation to synthetic localisation cues within Augmented Reality (AR) scenarios and tasks. Head-related transfer functions (HRTFs) capture the direction-dependant way that sound interacts with the head and torso. In virtual/augmented audio systems, which aim to emulate these effects, non-individualized, generic HRTFs are typically used leading to an inaccurate perception of virtual sound location. Training has the potential to exploit the brain’s ability to adapt to these unfamiliar cues. Research has been done looking at how such training can improve localisation when using non-individualised or altered HRTFs within real (e.g. https://asa.scitation.org/doi/abs/10.1121/1.4868369) and virtual (e.g. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-54811-w) environments and tasks.

This project aims at taking this further by exploring spatial auditory training within acoustic AR contexts, looking at the blending of real and virtual acoustic sources and features, exploring and assessing the potential benefits of various training approaches, tasks and mechanisms, and ultimately contributing to the advancement of our understanding of multimodal calibration in spatial auditory perception.
We are looking for candidates with a strong technical background in Computer science and Statistical analysis – experience with artificial intelligence and machine learning is very desirable. 
In addition, we are seeking candidates  with a good understanding of Acoustics and Digital signal processing techniques.

Experience with the following would be an advantage:

  • Development of immersive VR/AR applications
  • Running perceptual evaluations with human participants
  • Research experiments in psychoacoustics and hearing science
The planned starting date is October 2021, and funding will be available to cover tuition fees and living expenses for 42 months (6 additional unfunded months will be available for writing up the final dissertation). The stipend will be in line with UKRI guidelines:


Please note: as this scholarship covers UK Home tuition fees only, it is open solely to eligible UK appplicants. If you are an EU/EEA/Swiss applicant you might still qualify for this scholarship, but please check carefully eligibility criteria listed on the following page before applying:


Details of Imperial College academic entry requirements and English language qualifications for postgraduate research programmes can be found following this link: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg/apply/requirements/

Due to the highly competitive nature of our degree programmes, we are looking for candidates who have achieved a minimum of a 2:1 at both undergraduate and Master’s level, and preferably a 1st class degree.

You can apply to this scholarship by following the instructions at this link:  https://www.imperial.ac.uk/design-engineering/study/phd/

Closing date: 31 March 2021

If you have any questions on the research and scholarship, please do not hesitate to contact Lorenzo Picinali (l.picinali@imperial.ac.uk).



Applications are invited for PhD research studentships in the field of manufacturing and structural design for lightweight vehicles leading to the award of a PhD degree. The posts will be supported by a bursary and fees provided by Imperial College London.

The research work will focus on the development of innovative technologies in metal/composite forming, joining, and structural design, in terms of providing disruptive solutions to vehicle lightweighting. Through the PhD research, you will integrate the fundamental scientific understanding of materials with manufacturing processes relating to materials processing, thus developing microstructural-controlled, cost-effective techniques; or, you will integrate the advanced manufacturing techniques with structural design, combining physically based and data driven modelling with machining learning empowered optimisation, to fully explore the potential of structural performance. The research is funded by industrial partners and tackle the industrial challenges.

If you are interested, please send your CV (including GPA score) to Dr Nan Li at nan.li@imperial.ac.uk. 


phd studentship energy storage battery material design synthesis soft electrodes flexible batteries and operando studies

If you are interested, please contact Dr Chandramohan George at chandramohan.george@imperial.ac.uk with your CV and a one page cover letter outlining your motivation for applying.


PhD Studentship in Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure Systems Design and Analysis

For more information, visit our Postgraduate Research (PhD) page.

Academic & Research

Opportunities to become a part of our academic team or to join us as a post-doctoral researcher are listed here.

 Research Fellow in Immersive Audio - deadline 12th March

Research Associate- Spatial Audio and Virtual Reality - deadline 12th March

Research Associate- Finite Elements and Multibody Dynamics based Modelling of a Robotic Hoof - deadline 14th March

Research Assistant - Mountain Goat Inspired Robotic Leg Design, Modelling, and Testing - deadline 14th March 

For more roles at Imperial, visit the College-wide opportunities page.

Teaching, Professional & Support

Opportunities to become a part of our professional, technical, and operational support team or to join our learning and teaching family are listed here:

We would like to highlight the internal opportunity for the role of Senior Postgraduate Administrator, Level 3b, in the Dyson School of Design Engineering: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/jobs/description/ENG01571/senior-post-graduate-administrator 

Please visit https://www.imperial.ac.uk/jobs/, search for the job number ENG01571 and then click the button to display internal results. This will bring you to a Log in screen where you need to enter your college username and password. 

For an informal chat about this role, please contact Dr Natalia Goehring n.goehring@imperial.ac.uk

For questions about the application process, please contact Sarah Wissing s.wissing@imperial.ac.uk

 Provisional closing date is the 28rd of February.


For more roles at Imperial, visit the College-wide opportunities page.

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