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[ecrea] Older Adults' Interaction with Robots - PhD student research position at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Sun Oct 21 19:39:40 GMT 2018
*12-18 months PhD student research position *
*in Older Adults' Interaction with Robots*
*Department of Communication Studies*
*Department of Industrial Engineering and Management*
*The Center for Multidisciplinary Research in Aging*
*Agricultural, Biological, Cognitive Robotics Initiative*
*Ben-Gurion University of the Negev*
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) is seeking outstanding
candidates for a PhD student position in /Older adults' interaction with
robots/, at The Departments of Communication Studies and Industrial
Engineering and Management and The Center for Multidisciplinary Research
in Aging. BGU is an internationally recognized research university that
attracts outstanding faculty and researchers from around the world with
over 19,000 students. The Dept. of Communication Studies includes a
multidisciplinary faculty with expertise in new media, audience
research, cultural diversity and disadvantaged populations. The Dept. of
Industrial Engineering includes faculty experts in human factors and
robotics. Advanced innovative multidisciplinary robotics research at BGU
is conducted under the auspices of the ABC Robotics Initiative.
*The recruitment is done as part of SOCRATES (SOcial Cognitive Robotic
Agents in The European Society), a Marie Skłodowska-Curie European
Training Network (ETN) comprising 7 universities/research institutes:
Umeå University and Örebro University in Sweden, Universität Hamburg and
Fraunhofer IPA, Stuttgart in Germany, CSIC Barcelona in Spain,
University West of England, and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in
Israel. Additional non-academic partners are: Pal Robotics, Adele
Robots, Alfred Nobel Science Park, Urquhart-Dykes & Lord LLP, Center for
Digital Innovation, UMINOVA, Asea Brown Boveri, S.A, and Fundació ACE.
In total 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) were recruited as PhD
students for research on various aspects of social robotics aiming at
eldercare. The wide range of projects covers a spectrum from technical
design of hardware and interaction methodology, to personalization, user
studies, and robot ethics. The researchers receive training in both
academic and entrepreneurial spirit and expertise, well suited for a
career in both academy and industry. The training includes working on a
research project related to older adults' interaction with robots, as
well as courses, seminars, and workshops suited for the students'
academic interests and progress. As part of the research project and
time dependent, secondments at Örebro University, Sweden and/or at
Fraunhofer IPA, Germany might be planned. An overview of the SOCRATES
project can be found at www.socrates-project.eu
*About the position*
The successful applicant will receive a competitive salary for a period
of 12-18 months' full time research, provided that expected study and
research results are achieved. No teaching is expected. The salary will
be based on the standard Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early-Stage Researcher
living and mobility allowances. *Starting date: ASAP.*
*Who can apply?*
1.Excellent MSC students, who already graduated their studies and
interested in exploring the new and exciting field of Human-Robot
2.PhD students, who have not yet graduated and interested in extending
their work by including a component on older adults. In this case, the
students will still be formally registered in their current university,
and the time spent at BGU will be considered as student exchange.
*Admission requirements *
Candidates should have interest in understanding aging and human-robot
interaction (although should not necessarily have background in such
topics), be able to work independently as well as in collaboration with
others, and be passionate about learning and developing knowledge in a
novel and exciting area. The applicant must be skilled in both oral and
written communication in English. Some background in social sciences
and/or user studies is a significant advantage but not mandatory.
Once approved by BGU’s SOCRATES graduate committee the student must
obtain a visa and working permit according to the Ministry of Interior
requirements. Applicants aiming to pursue a PhD must be accepted to
BGU’s graduate school
(http://in.bgu.ac.il/en/kreitman_school/Pages/admission.aspx). The PhD
candidate must submit a research proposal and go through a Qualification
Exam within one year of studies on his/her research proposal. A PhD at
BGU is usually 4 years; for funding in the following years the student
can apply for BGU scholarships and awards
To promote mobility, the following rule applies: At the time of
recruitment, the applicants must not have resided or carried out their
main activity in Israel for more than 12 months during the last 3 years.
Compulsory national service, work in international organizations, and
short stays such as holidays are not taken into account. The applicants
must not, at the time of recruitment, have spent more than 4 years doing
research, and must not have been awarded a doctoral degree.
A complete application should contain the following documents:*
·A cover letter including a description of your research interests, your
reasons to apply for the position, and your contact information.
·A curriculum vita.
·Copies of degree certificates, including documentation of completed
academic courses and grades.
·Copy of completed MA/MSC thesis and other original research publications.
·Contact information for three persons willing to act as references
(including your MA/MSC thesis advisor).
*Applications must be submitted electronically to the following email by
November 30, 2018.*
*(socrates /at/ post.bgu.ac.il) <mailto:(socrates /at/ post.bgu.ac.il)>*
*Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.*
*For additional information about the position, please contact*: Prof.
*Galit Nimrod* – (gnimrod /at/ bgu.ac.il) <mailto:(gnimrod /at/ bgu.ac.il)>, Prof.
*Yael Edan* –(yael /at/ bgu.ac.il) <mailto:(yael /at/ bgu.ac.il)>
For general information about the SOCRATES project, please contact Prof.
*Thomas Hellström* –(thomash /at/ cs.umu.se) <mailto:(thomash /at/ cs.umu.se)>
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