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Early Stage Researcher (PhD student) in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (H2020 European Training Network eLADDA)

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This research project has funding attached. Applications for this project are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full department and project details for further information.

Project description

An Early Stage Researcher (ESR) PhD student is required for a period of 3 years to work on the H2020 Marie Sk??odowska-Curie European Training Network on "Early Language Development in the Digital Age" (eLADDA).

This candidate will carry out research and enrol for a PhD on robotics and artificial intelligence, specifically for the ESR6 project "Robot tutors for embodied language learning" (

An undergraduate/master level project in Computer science, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence or allied disciplines is required. Excellent programming skills are essential. Knowledge of robotics and/or machine learning research skills is also welcome.

Strict *eligibility requirements* apply to all Marie Sklodowska- Curie Early Stage Researchers.

At the time of the appointment, applicants should not hold a PhD or have more than 4 years research experience after Undergraduate/Masters graduation and should not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the last 3 years immediately before appointment.

Informal enquiries should be made, in the first instance, to Professor Angelo Cangelosi at

Deadline for application is 24 January 2020.

Further details about the network are available at

Person specification

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Applicants will be required to evidence the following skills and qualifications.

  • You must be capable of performing at a very high level.
  • You must have a self-driven interest in uncovering and solving unknown problems and be able to work hard and creatively without constant supervision.


Applicants will be required to evidence the following skills and qualifications.

  • You will have good time management.
  • You will possess determination (which is often more important than qualifications) although you'll need a good amount of both.


Applicants will be required to address the following.

  • Comment on your transcript/predicted degree marks, outlining both strong and weak points.
  • Discuss your final year Undergraduate project work - and if appropriate your MSc project work.
  • How well does your previous study prepare you for undertaking Postgraduate Research?
  • Why do you believe you are suitable for doing Postgraduate Research?