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External Award: Social Robotics PhD Fellowships EU

October 06, 2016
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Social Cognitive Robot Agents in the European Society (Socrates) is recruiting 15 PhD students for research on various aspects of social robotics aiming at eldercare. The wide range of projects covers a spectrum from technical design of hardware and interaction methodology, to personalisation, user studies, and robot ethics. The 15 PhD students are denoted ESR1-ESR15 (ESR stands for “Early Stage Researcher”), the placements are as follows: 

Umeå University, Sweden
ESR4 Implicit intention recognition by integrating speech and planning
ESR6 Intention driven dialogue management

Örebro University, Sweden
ESR7   Social robotic telepresence with sliding autonomy
ESR13 Measuring interaction effectiveness

Universität Hamburg, Germany
ESR1 Learning face and upper body emotion recognition
ESR2 Learning emotion recognition through auditory cues and language

Fraunhofer IPA, Stuttgart, Germany
ESR5   Implicit intention recognition using visual sensors
ESR11 Adaptive hardware design

CSIC Barcelona, Spain
ESR8 Adaption through multimodal interaction and learning
ESR9 Robot personalisation

University of the West of England, England
ESR12 Interaction safety design
ESR14 Ethical robot interaction

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
ESR3   Emotion recognition and expression based on Human Motion
ESR10 Interaction design for varying levels of automation
ESR15 Older adults’ interaction with robots

Each researcher will be hired as PhD student at a home university, as listed above. Shorter periods of the training, and regular project meetings, take place at other universities and companies involved in SOCRATES. A unique multidisciplinary programme will provide training with both academic and entrepreneurial spirit and expertise, well suited for a career in both academy and industry.

The minimum funding is for 36 months (additional funding is possible for some of the positions). The salary will be based on the standard Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early-Stage Researcher living and mobility allowances. The exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment and depends on a country correction factor to compensate for differences in cost of living in different countries.

To promote mobility, the following rule applies for each position and country: At the time of recruitment, the applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the country 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. The applicants must not, at the time of recruitment, have spent more than 4 years doing research, and must not have been awarded a doctoral degree.

Applicants who are interested in several of the positions above are encouraged to submit multiple applications. The recruitment aims at a balanced gender distribution and in particular women are encouraged to apply.

The application deadline is November 30, 2016. For more details and to apply please visit the Socrates-Project page here.

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