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Join the Team to Design the Future Interfaces

We explore future interfaces that will replace our current interactions with intelligent systems and daily objects. It involves designing novel interfaces that can leverage human dexterity and sensor system, and building new fabrication technologies to enable exploring the novel interfaces. We do it by actively adopting technologies from other fields, such as material science, architecture, biology, art, etc.

Join the team, and let's design the future together. For inquiries or informal chats about positions, please contact me at [at] with [application] header to help me not miss the email. Please attach your CV and an online portfolio if applicable.

An ideal candidate has:

  • a relevant degree in Computer Science, Material Science, Mechanical Engineering, Architecture, Design, or related field (or is about to obtain the degree)

  • good team working and communication skills

  • creativity and independence

  • technical skills such as programming and fabrication


I am writing funding applications to have more funded positions and collaborations. If you are interested in writing joint applications, please do not hesitate to contact me.

PhD Student

Funded PhD for Fabrication (British national or resident, 3.5 years)

The position is to develop technologies for multi-material fabrication. It will be about developing hardware and software, defining design spaces based on the technologies, and suggesting applications. However, the topic will be flexible as the project evolves. Please note that candidates should be UK-based (e.g., pre-settled EU students). The job description is on When apply, click the "Institute website" and choose an appropriate programme. Then put my name as a supervisor when filling in the form.

The position covers a stipend of £15,609 per year and a tuition fee of £4,500. The starting date is autumn 2022 but an earlier start is possible. The application deadline is 30 April 2022 on the university system. For any details about the position, please contact me at [at] Contacting me before the official application is encouraged.

PhD for Topological Design (Any nationality, 4 years)

This position is funded by Centre for Doctoral Training in Topological Design. This position focuses on interdisciplinary research between Human-Computer Interaction and mechanical engineering. In particular, the student will lead simulation-driven design of shape-changing widgets. Examples of shape-changing widgets can be found in MorpheesPlug. The student will be co-supervised by Dr Lauren E. J. Thomas-Seale from the University of Birmingham. Dr Anne Roudaut from the University of Bristol will be an Associated Academic. The description of the PhD project can be found here.

Other funding opportunities

There are a number of scholarship opportunities from the University of Birmingham and the UK. Check this page for up-to-date information.

Postdoctoral Researcher

I am always looking for outstanding postdoctoral researchers.

Even though you are not self-funded, there are funding opportunities for a postdoctoral researcher, such as EPSRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, Newton International Fellowships, and Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship. If you are interested in preparing funding proposals with me, please drop me an email.

MSc Student

Potential MSc final project ideas can be found here.

Visiting Scholars

I welcome students and researchers from worldwide to exchange knowledge and seek collaboration. There are a number of funding schemes to support visits, such as the Royal Society Wolfson Fellowship and Royal Society Wolfson Visiting Fellowship.