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2 x PhD Studentships in Human-Robot Interaction

The posts:

Untaxed bursary of £19,668 per annum (figure including London weighting plus fees).

Applications are invited for 2 PhD students in Human-Robot Interaction under the supervision of Dr Nicole Salomons, as part of the Department of Computing and the exciting new Imperial-X initiative.

Proposals should be in the areas of human-robot interaction. Potential areas of research are: robot tutoring, user modelling, long-term social systems, human-robot teaming, persuasive robotics, eldercare robotics, etc.

Ideal candidates for the PhD studentships will have an interest and an existing background in: Human-Robot Interaction, User Modelling, Artificial Intelligence, Applied Machine Learning, Robotics, and/or Intelligent Tutoring Systems.

About the Department and Imperial College London:

The Department of Computing is a leading department of Computer Science in the UK and the world and has consistently been awarded the highest research rating. In the 2021 REF assessment, the Department claimed the top spot for computer science and informatics. Overall, Imperial College London ranked first in the UK for research outputs, first in the UK for research environment, and first for research impact among Russell Group universities.  

Applicants are expected to have a First Class or Distinction Masters level degree, or equivalent, in a relevant scientific or technical discipline, such as computer science or mathematics. Applicants must be fluent in spoken and written English.

The position is fully funded, covering tuition fees, travel funds and a stipend/bursary. The position is available to home, EU, and international students.

How to apply:

To apply for this position, please follow the application guidelines at:

In the application form, please write “IX HRI PhD Studentships” in the “Proposed Research Topic” field, and “Nicole Salomons” in the “Proposed Research Supervisor” field.

Early applications are encouraged. Informal inquiries about this position are also encouraged and can be directed to Nicole Salomons (, using “IX HRI PhD Applications” as the subject line. 

This position will be primarily based at the Imperial College London White City campus in central London.

Applicants are advised to visit for general information on becoming a PhD student in the Department of Computing.

We are committed to equality and valuing diversity. We are also an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Two Ticks Employer, and are working in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people. We encourage applicants from underrepresented backgrounds to apply.

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