Postdoctoral position in trustworthy human-robot interaction

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 24 Apr 2023

Published: 2023-03-27

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The postdoctoral researcher will be based at the Uppsala Social Robotics Lab, Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University.

The Uppsala Social Robotics Lab aims to design and develop robots that learn to interact socially with humans and bring benefits to the society we live in, for example in application areas such as education and assistive technology.

The Lab’s focus is on natural interaction with social artefacts such as robots and embodied virtual agents. This domain concerns bringing together multidisciplinary expertise to address new challenges in the area of social robotics. State of the art robots are used, including the Pepper, Nao and Furhat robotic platforms.

The postdoctoral project will be supervised by Ginevra Castellano and Katie Winkle.

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The postdoc position is part of the Horizon Europe SymAware (Symbolic logic framework for situational awareness in mixed autonomy) project, and will be focused on human-in-the-loop design and automation methods for ethical and trustworthy awareness in human-robot interaction. Specific topics of interest include system transparency, human oversight, and fairness in social interaction with autonomous vehicles and multi-drone systems.

PhD degree in human-robot interaction or related areas relevant to the postdoc topic or a foreign degree equivalent to a PhD degree in human-robot interaction or related areas relevant to the postdoc topic. The degree needs to be obtained by the time of the decision of employment. Those who have obtained a PhD degree three years prior to the application deadline are primarily considered for the employment. The starting point of the three-year frame period is the application deadline. Due to special circumstances, the degree may have been obtained earlier. The three-year period can be extended due to circumstances such as sick leave, parental leave, duties in labour unions, etc.

Good programming skills and willingness to work in an interdisciplinary team are required. Good communication skills in English, both spoken and written, are required.  

Personal characteristics, such as thoroughness and/or a structured approach, are also a requirement.

Additional qualifications
Experience with programming robots, machine learning and/or conducting experimental user studies is an advantage. The postdoc position is highly interdisciplinary such that an understanding and/or interest in human-centered design, social sciences and/or psychology would be advantage. An interest in the social and ethical consequences of AI and robotics would be particularly appreciated.

The application should include a description of yourself, your research interests, reasons for applying for this particular postdoc position and past experience (max. 3 pages), a CV, copies of relevant university degrees, links to relevant publications and your PhD thesis (or a summary in case the thesis work is ongoing) and other relevant documents. Candidates are encouraged to provide contact information to up to 3 reference persons. We would also like to know your earliest possible date for starting. 

About the employment
The employment is a temporary position of two years according to central collective agreement.  Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date 1 September 2023 or as agreed. Placement: Uppsala.

For further information about the position, please contact: Prof. Ginevra Castellano, phone number: +46 70 4250200, e-mail:

Please submit your application by 24 April2023, UFV-PA 2023/1157.

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Placement: Department of Information Technology

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2023/1157

Last application date: 2023-04-24

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