Social Robots

A European Research Council funded Social Neuroscience Research Project

NOW RECRUITING 2 Phd students!!

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 (, 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 (

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 ( 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


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