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Research Assistant (Early Stage Researcher)

University of Aberdeen - School of Natural and Computing Sciences

Location: Aberdeen
Salary: £35,866 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 11th January 2019
Closes: 1st March 2019
Job Ref: NCS139R

Contract type: Available for 4 years

PhilHumans is a collaboration between Philips (which sells personal health apps and devices) and several universities in UK, Italy, and Netherlands. It is funded by the EU, as a European Industrial Doctorate programme under the Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions.

We are looking for candidates with a strong background in natural language generation, natural language processing, artificial intelligence, computational health informatics, (health) data science, medical informatics, and/or computational communication science. An ideal candidate will have a masters degree and/or research experience in one or more of these fields.

The researcher will investigate how personal health information can be effectively communicated to users using NLG technology; we are particularly interested in enhancing communication with users who have limited numeracy, literacy, and/or domain knowledge. The work will be done in the context of one or more personal health apps which are sold by Philips.

The researcher will be encouraged to include user-modelling, multimodality, dialogue, and machine learning techniques in the project where they seem appropriate.

The researcher will be expected to collaborate with other PhilHumans researchers, who will be investigating how other aspects of AI can enhance communication in personal health apps.

The researcher will spend half of his or her time at Philips in Eindhoven. The current plan is to spend the first 9 months in Eindhoven (focusing on analysing apps and working with users and domain experts), followed by 18 months in Aberdeen (focusing on developing and implementing core models, algorithms, and systems), with the final 9 months in Eindhoven (focusing on evaluation and writing up). Whilst in Aberdeen the researcher will be expected to make regular visits to Eindhoven, and vice-versa. The researcher will also be encouraged to visit Tilburg and the other universities in the PhilHumans consortium.

The researcher will be required to enrol for a PhD in Computing Science at the University of Aberdeen.

Salary will be paid at the rate of £35,866 per annum.

Any appointment will be made subject to satisfactory references and a 12 month probation period.

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This post does not meet the minimum requirements as issued by UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) to qualify for an employer sponsored visa. We are therefore unable to consider applications from candidates for this post who require sponsorship to work in the UK.

Online application forms are available at

The closing date for receipt of applications is 01 March 2019

Should you wish to make an informal enquiry please contact

Ehud Reiter, 01224 273443,

Please do not send application forms or CVs to Professor Reiter

Please quote reference number NCS139R on all correspondence

The University pursues a policy of equal opportunities in the appointment and promotion of staff.

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