Viajero project PhD studentship

Fully-Funded PhD studentship – ERC ViAjeRo project: Social Acceptability of Passenger VR Experiences

Closing Date: 12th July 2019

Duration: 42 months

We are looking for an excellent and enthusiastic student to join our ERC ViAjeRo project ( The  project is focused on the future of passenger experiences and particularly for autonomous vehicles. The studentship will investigate the social acceptability of virtual and augmented reality and the factors that influence the user experience of immersive technologies for passenger settings.

This research will involve a range of qualitative and quantitative methods from HCI and help you develop a strong technical background to develop immersive applications. Applicants should have experience running user evaluations and experience analyzing the results of surveys, interviews, and interaction logs. Experience developing immersive applications and demonstrated technical ability in this area would also be beneficial.

You will be working with Stephen Brewster, Julie Williamson and Mark McGill in the Glasgow Interactive Systems Section (GIST) in the School of Computing Science at Glasgow, and Frank Pollick in the School of Psychology. You can see some of the fantastic research we have been doing at

GIST provides an ideal ground for academic growth. It is the leader of a recently awarded Centre for Doctoral Training that will provide 50 PhD scholarships in the next five years. In addition, its 7 faculty members have accumulated more than 25,000 Scholar citations and have been or are leading  large-scale national and European projects (including the ERC Advanced Grant “Viajero”, the Network Plus grant “Human Data Interaction”, the FET-Open project “Levitate”, the H2020 project MuMMER, etc.) for a total of over £20M in the last 10 years.

You can find out more at The studentship is fully-funded for fees and stipend for UK and EU citizens. Unfortunately, the funding is not open to overseas students.

This PhD is part of the prestigious ERC Advanced Grant ViAjeRo (, which will investigate motion sickness, social acceptability and interaction in virtual and augmented reality passenger experiences. This project will harness the benefits of fully autonomous vehicles, and will greatly reduce time and effort wasted during journeys, by developing new ways for passengers to use virtual and augmented reality technologies for entertainment, work and collaboration on the move.

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You can go here to make your application.