PhD Studentship: Perception and Impact of Human Factors for Defence Decision Making Systems

Loughborough University

Project details

The complexity of decision making in the Defence Electromagnetic Environment (EME) context is increasing. Some drivers for this include the complexity of systems; too much/ not enough/ uncertain data; required speed of decision making. For decision making to be implemented successfully (at both operational and wider enterprise level) we need to appreciate perception and potential impact (trust, situational awareness, wellbeing) for all stakeholders.

The research will investigate how to support and enable teams and individuals in high performance environments, to enhance efficiency of the overall system. The project will bring insight from a range of industrial sectors to encourage a multi-disciplinary approach.

We are looking for candidates with a background in ergonomics, human factors, systems engineering or psychology. We expect successful candidates to be familiar with a range of data collection and statistical analysis methods, although support and training in research methods would be provided.


Primary supervisor: Dr Ella-Mae Hubbard
Secondary supervisors: Professor James Flint  and Dr. Chinthana Panagamuwa

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from graduates who hold or are expecting to achieve a first or upper-second degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline; ergonomics, human factors, systems engineering, psychology.

This PhD is sponsored by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory through the EME Hub and is only open to UK nationals.

Fees and funding

Please note that a studentship will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project. The studentship is for 3 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £17,688 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK rate.

The studentship will also include funds for travel and equipment. Due to security restrictions, this studentship is only open to UK nationals. This PhD is sponsored by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory through the EME Hub and is only open to UK nationals.

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name, select ‘Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering’ and quote the advert reference number ‘FP-EH-2023’ under the financial support section of the application.

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