January 2018 – we are now looking to appoint two PhD students to begin doctoral training at the University of Glasgow in 2018.
2 Fully-Funded PhD Studentships on the Neurocognitive Foundations of Human-Robot Interaction
The successful candidates will use a multidisciplinary approach to investigate physiological and psychological aspects of how we perceive and interact with socially engaging robots. Candidates with an interest in delving into developmental or cross-cultural considerations for successful social interactions with robots are particularly encouraged to apply. Both PhD projects will involve working across psychology, human neuroscience, and computer science/robotics, and applicants should have training/experience in at least two of these three domains. It will be beneficial if interested candidates also share an interest in applied research. A solid understanding of research design and statistics is desirable. Programming experience (e.g. MATLAB/Python/PsychoPy/ePrime/Presentation) will be an advantage. The successful candidates will be joining the vibrant Social Robotics research group (www.so-bots.com), funded by the ERC starting grant ‘SOCIAL ROBOTS’, which will be based at the Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of Glasgow.
Contact: Prof. Emily S. Cross (email@example.com)
Applicants should have a first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant area. Applicants with a relevant Masters are particularly welcome. Applicants should possess excellent report writing and English language communication skills and an ability to think creatively and work to deadlines.
An application including a 2-page CV, a 2-3 page research proposal on a topic or question you could envision studying during the PhD, and a 1-page covering letter explaining your motivation to join this research team should be e-mailed to Emily Cross (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 5pm GMT on 8 March, 2018. Those called for interview (either in person or over skype) will be required to complete an online application form and prepare a brief presentation. It is also possible to meet the PI/research team at the HRI meeting in Chicago in March, if relevant. Please quote ‘Social Robots PhD’ in the subject line of any email correspondence.
Closing Date: 8 March 2018
Interviews: w/b 12 March 2018
Start date: Between 1 April – 1 October 2018
Throughout the course of the 5 year Social Robots project (2016 – 2021), the research team will include a robotics/HRI specialist, two social/cognitive neuroscience postdoctoral research fellows, three PhD students, and a part-time research coordinator. Start dates for these positions are negotiable. More details for specific positions currently being advertised can be found above when available. If you think you would make a fantastic addition to the Social Robots team, get in touch with Emily via e-mail (please include your CV) – emily [dot] cross [at] glasgow [dot] ac [dot] uk