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Funded PhD position at Faculty of Engineering and Environment of Northumbria University in UK

Spatial Correlates of Behaviour and Landmark Use in Sea Hero Quest (FAC17/ABE/DALTON)


Project Description

Applications are invited for a PhD Studentship in the Department of Architecture and Built Environment to work with Prof Ruth Conroy Dalton and in collaboration with Dr Hugo Spiers (UCL), Prof Michael Hornberger (University of East Anglia), Dr Ricardo Silva (UCL), Dr Ed Manley (UCL), Dr Jan Wiener (University of Bournemouth), Prof Christoph Hölscher (ETH Zurich) and Veronique Bohbot (McGill University).

This PhD Project will investigate the spatial correlates of human spatial navigational behaviour using data collected from the mobile video game app ‘Sea Hero Quest’. It will focus on configurational and visual spatial properties of the game levels and may also address topics of landmark usage, saliency and placement.

The applicant will be involved in analysing the data collected from the app as well as creating additional data generated through spatial analyses of the different game-levels. Data from > 2 million participants will be analysed which contains coordinate and orientation tracking data during checkpoint and radial maze levels, and accuracy measures during flare levels (see for details). A background in spatial analysis and in particular space syntax methods would be desirable.

Eligibility and How to Apply

Please note eligibility requirement:
• Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
• Appropriate IELTS score, if required (evidence required by 1 August 2017).

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see

Please ensure you quote the advert reference above on your application form.
Start Date: 2 October 2017

Northumbria University is an equal opportunities provider and in welcoming applications for studentships from all sectors of the community we strongly encourage applications from women and under-represented groups.

Funding Notes

The studentship includes a full stipend, paid for three years at RCUK rates (in 2017/18 this is £14,553 pa) and fees (Home/EU £4,450 / International £13,000).

Deadline: August 01, 2017

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