Early Research Studentship - Robot Interaction Safety Design (ESR12)

University of the West of England, Bristol - Engineering Design & Mathematics

The University of the West of England (UWE) is seeking outstanding candidates for a PhD student position in Social Robotics at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, within the Faculty of Environment and Technology.

UWE is dedicated to providing creative environments for learning and research. We offer a wide variety of courses and programmes, world leading research, and excellent innovation and collaboration opportunities. More than 3000 employees and 27 000 students have already chosen UWE and more than 100 researchers have chosen Bristol Robotics Laboratory. We welcome your application.

PhD student position in Robotics

Research topic:  Interaction safety design


The recruitment is done as part of SOCRATES (Social Cognitive Robotic Agents in The European Society), a new Marie Skùodowska-Curie European Training Network (ETN) comprising 7 universities/research institutes: Umeå University and Örebro University in Sweden, Universität Hamburg and Fraunhofer IPA, Stuttgart in Germany, CSIC Barcelona in Spain, University West of England, and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. Additional non-academic partners are: Pal Robotics, Adele Robots, Alfred Nobel Science Park, Urquhart-Dykes & Lord LLP, Center for Digital Innovation, UMINOVA, Asea Brown Boveri, S.A, and Fundació ACE.

In total 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) will be recruited as PhD students for research on various aspects of interactive social robotics aiming at assistive robots for older adults with ageing-related impairments. The wide range of projects covers a spectrum from technical design of hardware and interaction methodology, to personalisation, user studies, and robot ethics. The unique multidisciplinary programme will train researchers with both academic and entrepreneurial spirit and expertise, well suited for a career in both academy and industry. The successful applicants will join a training program in close cooperation with researchers from all partners. The recruitment aims at a balanced gender distribution, and in particular women are encouraged to apply. The network-wide training program includes a research project, courses, seminars, and workshops. An overview of all available positions can be found at www.socrates-project.eu/ .

Research project

Please see Information for Applicants.

About the position

The position includes a competitive salary for a period of four years full-time research, provided that expected study and research results are achieved. The salary will be based on the standard Marie Skùodowska-Curie Early-Stage Researcher living and mobility allowances. Career exploratory allowance and travel allowances will be available. Expected starting date for the PhD position is 1st of April 2017.

Admission requirements

Prerequisites include 240 ECTS credits of higher education studies. 60 ECTS have to be on advanced level (Master level). 90 ECTS credits have to be in the area of engineering or computer science. Eligible are also applicants who have acquired essentially equivalent knowledge.

In addition to excellent study results, fluency in written and spoken English is required. Experience in robotics and machine learning are merits, as well as documented relevant programming skills.

To promote mobility, the following rule applies: At the time of recruitment, the applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity in UK for more than 12 months during the last 3 years. Compulsory national service, work in international organisations, and short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

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