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Early Stage Researcher (PhD student) in language teaching and social robots (H2020 eLADDA; Collaboration between Furhat Robotics and the University of Manchester)

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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) is required for a period of 3 years to work on the H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie European Training Network on "Early Language Development in the Digital Age" (eLADDA).

This ESR candidate will be hired by Furhat Robotics ( and based in Sweden. The ESR will also enrol for a PhD at the University of Manchester. The topic of the project is on child-personalized adaptive language teaching through interactive social robot (See ESR14 project in This will be part of the collaboration between Furhat Robotics, the University of Manchester and the ELADDA consortium. The project will cover the PhD fees up to the rate for UK/EU students.

Applicants should have a masters degree (or similar) in a subject relevant for the research, such as computer science, language technology, or cognitive science. Applicants are expected to have good skills in programming, and knowledge in experimental methods and statistics. Experience in education or language learning is a plus.

Special H2020 ESR requirements apply: i.e. at the time of recruitment by Furhat, the ESR must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Sweden for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. The ESR must be in the first four years of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree.

The application deadline is 24 January 2020. The expected start date is 1 April 2020 (or as soon as possible after this date, subject to negotiation).

Informal enquiries regarding the post, the project or the research details can be made via Prof Gabriel Skantze at Furhat Robotics and KTH ( or to Prof Angelo Cangelosi at the University of Manchester (

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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?