Fully Funded PhD Studentship in Human-AI Collaboration

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Milton Keynes, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 30 Sep 2022

The School of Computing & Communications invites applications for a full-time PhD studentship for a new and exciting research programme in software engineering that tackles a fundamental issue of our time, Human-AI collaboration.

The successful candidate will be starting in February 2023.

The selected candidate will investigate methods to represent and reason about human (and group) behaviour and capabilities to enable their collaboration with autonomous agents (e.g., robots). The aim is to enable collaboration between humans and autonomous agents via coordination and adaptation.

This is an opportunity to join a thriving multidisciplinary research team working closely with a large industrial partner and collaborating with world-leading academic institutes in the UK and Ireland.

The studentship is designed to offer exceptional access to resources, training and career development and networking opportunities.

Skills Required:

  • Strong software development skills in languages such as Python or Java
  • Good oral and verbal communication skills
  • An interest in human aspects of computing
  • Knowledge of machine learning techniques

The research will be carried out as part of a  UKRI/EPSRC-funded project REsilient Autonomous SOcio-cyber-physical ageNts (REASON ), within the Open University (OU) Software Engineering and Design (SEAD ) group, and in collaboration with a number of partner universities.

More details about the studentship, including who to contact for clarifications, can be found at:


This funded studentship is open to both UK and international students.

This studentship is for three years and covers tuition fees, a tax-free stipend (£15,609 in the first year, then increased in line with inflation) and a research allowance (£1,000 per annum). The successful candidate will be based at The Open University’s campus in Milton Keynes, which combines a friendly and flexible working environment with exceptional research and computing facilities. Milton Keynes is centrally located between Oxford, Cambridge, London and Birmingham.

How to apply

For guidance on how to apply, visit:


Informal enquiries are welcome. Please email amel.bennaceur@open.ac.uk (with a short CV if possible).

Closing date: 30 September 2022

Interviews: To be held online in October 2022

Equal Opportunity is University Policy

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