PhD & Postdoc & Job opportunities

OPEN (Post-doc fellow applicants  CALL 2023 ) Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowships (Horizon Europe)

At THE best 2022 UK University, the top 25 UK research universities, and the top 4th UK design research centre (REF2021).

The Postdoctoral fellowships are highly prestigious and provide a (very) generous salary. They target researchers holding a PhD who wish to carry out their research activities abroad, acquire new skills and develop their careers. PFs help researchers gain experience in other countries, disciplines and non-academic sectors.

I would love to supervise talented MSCA (postdoc) researchers and make at their disposal my personal and professional experience. For me, it has been “life-changing.” I have extensive experience in conducting scientific research at the MSCA level, as well as in proposal writing and evaluation, grant management, and mentoring. I have a large network of contacts in the UK, EU, USA, and AUS.

I was a Marie S. Curie fellow until December 2018. I secured two MSCA fellowships (2012-2015 IOF and 2016-2018IF) and almost an ERC Starting grant in 2017 (final interview in Brussel). I am currently the Principal Investigator of an AHRC project.  I have worked in prestigious centres such as the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester UK, Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT, and the University of Cambridge.

The deadline to submit the final proposal is September 2023. However, we want to start the process 3/4 months in advance as it takes time to design, make contacts, write, and finalise the research proposal. For this reason, we can consider only fellow applicants who contact me by the end June 2023. (first talented research comes, first served). With the support of our excellent Research Innovation Office (RIS), I will help you to develop your scientific project and write a strong proposal.

Please, do not contact me if you:

  • are not conducting research within Cultural Heritage
  • do not hold a PhD or will obtain a PhD by September 2023 (you must provide a certificate as proof when you submit the proposal in September 2023)
  • have not already published, at least, one academic article in the last few years (peer-reviewed international journal).
  • do not have a general understanding of the scheme. Please, read the basic information here.
  • have discussed your PhD (viva) more than 8 years from the deadline of Sept 2023 (but suspensions for illness, maternity leave, etc. can extend this limit)
  • don’t have an idea of what you want to submit as an MSCA proposal (we will help to develop this initial idea)

My field is Design Research for Digital Cultural Heritage, and Digital Transformation by Design  (and neighbouring fields). I welcome proposals focusing on many different aspects of Digital Cultural Heritage Design, such as (but not limited to): design practices; design culture; organisational design culture; organisational (museum) practices; design (thinking) innovation; digital transformation by design. Also, these topics are of great interest to me:  Artificial Intelligence; Metaverse; Social Media for cultural heritage; Mobile and Wearable Technology; 3D immersive design; AR; and VR.

I am open to collaborating with external partners from other institutions in the UK and internationally.

Please, do not hesitate to contact me for any questions.

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CLOSED (PhD) Fully funded PhD opportunity in Cultural Digital Heritage design
Here is an exciting funded PhD studentship opportunity to conduct advanced doctoral research in Digital Cultural Heritage Design (Thinking) at the School of Design, Northumbria University, UK. Deadline 18th February 2022 (apply here)

CLOSED (Research Fellow)
We are pleased to announce an opening for a Research Fellow position in the School of Design at Northumbria University. This is an exciting opportunity to work on an innovative project at the intersection of design research and Digital Cultural Heritage to explore the contribution of Human-Centred Design in museum digital transformation.
Deadline 13th February 2022 (apply here)

CLOSED Leverhulme Trust’s Early Career Fellowships (ECF) 
Northumbria University will support a number of applications to the Leverhulme Trust’s Early Career Fellowships (ECF) scheme in the 2022 competition.  I  support applications in Cultural Digital Heritage Design research (Please contact me to ask my availability to mentor the project). Internal Deadline 19th December 2021 (subject of internal selection). All details here

CLOSED (PhD) Northern Bridge Consortium (NBC) collaborative project opportunity 
I am a member of the supervisory team (first supervisor Dr Andrew Richardson for a PhD project opportunity funded by the (prestigious) Northern Bridge Consortium, which will support a fully-funded PhD studentship working with Northumbria University School of design and Wordsworth Trust, to design interactive methods to visualise parts of the Wordsworth collection. Northumbria University is a member of the Northern Bridge Consortium (info here ). Here is the description of the PhD project.

The PhD thesis is titled Growth of a Poet’s Mind: Creating Interactive Visualisations to Communicate the Temporal Layers within a Literary Archive (here is the description)‌. The PhD research will explore design methods to visualise multiple ‘layers of time’ within a literary archive and communicate the complex development of a literary work to a museum audience.  Working with The Wordsworth Trust, the project will combine creative digital design research methods with curatorial expertise to examine ways to create interactive and visually accessible re-presentations of the poet’s manuscript material to museum visitors.

Please contact Dr Andrew Richardson ( to apply for this NBC opportunity and/or direct any questions or enquiries. Deadline 1st March 2022