Centre for Fine Print Research University of the West of England Centre for Fine Print Research

Collaborative Doctoral  Studentship: 2.5D and 3D image capture and print in the cultural heritage field - evaluation of current and developing technologies, potential applications and practical workflows

The UWE Graduate School is offering a funded full-time PhD studentship in 2.5D and 3D image capture and print in the cultural heritage field: evaluation of current and developing technologies, applications and workflows, an AHRC funded Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) between the Centre for Fine Print Research and the National Gallery in London.
Closing date for applications is 5pm 30th June 2014.  
About the studentship  
Whilst there is much interest and debate surrounding 3D reproduction there has been no comprehensive research that surveys the field. This project aims to address the gap between traditional analogue skills and knowledge in the newly emerging digital 2.5D and 3D technology field. The student will explore the potential for innovative and creative applications in the cultural heritage field, and investigate issues that need to be addressed for them to be fully exploited. The National Gallery has extensive knowledge in developing high resolution colour and infrared digital cameras, incorporating systems that share large generated images over the web and document the surface texture of paintings. Initially this research was undertaken with polynomial texture mapping and more recently with forms of laser scanning. The student will undertake a survey to assess materials, workflow methods, hardware, software, colour quality, cost and time implications of this technology, or the efficient uses and applications for particular digital scanning and reproduction techniques. The growing accessibility of object scanning systems capable of producing 3D and 2.5D images, along with 2.5D low relief surface and textural printing, as well as complete 3D printing methods, are providing users with a vast array of new tools with great potential in the cultural heritage field, but these have also resulted in a similarly vast number of propriety file formats and data presentation tools.

The PhD student will examine this complex field by: identifying, simplifying and demonstrating how these new tools can be efficiently and appropriately used in the day to day study, documentation and presentation of cultural heritage objects, concentrating particularly on issues and applications relevant to the National Gallery and its collection. This could include, for example, investigating what structural changes occur in paintings over time, how they can be documented, and how conservation treatments can affect these structural changes. The student will determine the relevance of particular hardware and software - as well as establishing cost implications.
The PhD student will be based in Bristol, but will be working in active collaboration with the National Gallery and will be expected to undertake secondments to the National Gallery totalling around 6 months over the three years of the project.
Funding details  
The scholarship is available from October 2014 and consists of an annual maintenance bursary of c.£14,413 per annum, subject to satisfactory progress, for up to three years. In addition, full-time tuition fees will be covered for three years (Home/EU rates only). A travel allowance will also be available.
Eligibility criteria  
This studentship is only open to UK and EU applicants and EU students are eligible for a tuition fees award only. Applicants should have achieved at least a 2:1 or equivalent in a relevant first degree. Please note that under AHRC criteria, candidates are normally expected to have gained a Masters degree prior to taking up the studentship, although exceptions are possible. Applicants also require a recognised English language qualification.
Applicants should be articulate, highly motivated and a team player.
Before you apply please read the AHRC’s eligibility guidelines.
How to apply  
Download and complete the application form and send it directly to the UWE Graduate School. Please ensure you include the title of the research project you propose to undertake and outline a research proposal. Please also read the application guidance notes before you apply.  Applicants are asked to submit evidence of relevant critical, creative and/or professional experience with their application.
Please also complete the Equal Opportunities form and complete the first section of the Application reference sheet before sending to your nominated referees.

Prospective candidates wishing to informally discuss the studentship or their research proposal should e-mail carinna.parraman@uwe.ac.uk - Dr Carinna Parraman. Any queries regarding the application process or eligibility should be directed to the UWE Graduate School.
Further information  
If you have not heard from us by 18th July 2014, we thank you for your application but do not wish to pursue it on this occasion.