Social Robots

A European Research Council funded Social Neuroscience Research Project

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, up to three PhD students, and a part-time research coordinator. Start dates for these positions are negotiable.  More details for the specific positions currently being advertised can be found below. 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) - e [dot] cross [at] bangor [dot] ac [dot] uk

PhD Studentship (3 years)

The Social Brain in Action Lab at the School of Psychology at Bangor University, Wales, invites applications for a PhD student to work on the ERC Starting Grant ‘Social Robots’ with Prof. Emily S. Cross.  This position is available as 0.5 FTE fixed-term research project support officer posts with the understanding that the successful applicant will be appointed as a full-time PhD student on the project. The length of this funded post is 3 years. 

The Social Robots project investigates how on-going experience with sophisticated humanoid robots shapes social perception and interaction. In addition to long-term training interventions, the project aims to identify how lifespan and cultural experience shape the human side of human-robot interactions, in terms of behaviour and brain activity.

Selection Criteria

-  MSc or equivalent degree in cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, or a related field (with completion of the masters thesis before the PhD project starts)

-  Excellent skills in preparing and conducting behavioural psychological experimental studies

-  Considerable experimental creativity and originality

-  Experience working with young children or older adult populations is highly desirable

-  Experience with fMRI or TMS data collection and analysis is desirable but not essential

-  Ability to work independently within a multidisciplinary setting

-  Outstanding organisational skills


Description of Research Environment

The Social Brain in Action Laboratory is an international research group housed within Bangor University’s the School of Psychology, which offers outstanding facilities for conducting social and cognitive neuroscience research and is consistent ranked a world-leading department in terms of research and teaching. The university town of Bangor is situated between the golden beaches of the Isle of Anglesey and Snowdonia National Park, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty.


Terms and Conditions

The initial appointmentwill be for a period of one year, with an extension of 2 years after positive evaluation of capabilities and compatibility. This appointment must lead to the completion of a PhD thesis.

The successful candidate will be expected to commence on 1 October 2017.

Applications will only be accepted via Bangor’s on-line PhD application portal:

Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis. This position will remain open until filled by a suitable candidate.

Please direct informal inquiries to Prof Emily Cross (

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