Three PhD positions on Computational Models of Well-Being (0.8 – 1.0 FTE)
HONDA and Utrecht University (UU) join forces to computationally model human
mood, personality, and empathy in the quest to achieve natural human-robot
interaction. As interface between humans and robot, several signals will be
considered (e.g., ECG, speech, and video). Your models and data processing
will be founded on a solid formal foundation and validated empirically on
their robustness and ability to generalize. As a PhD-student you coach
students, complete a personalized set of courses, and develop technical and
conceptual skills. You learn to present, advertise your work, and communicate
with media. As we consider it as key that our researchers enjoy their work,
you have the freedom to follow your own interests within the project.
You are a team player with a strong motivation to pursue a PhD-degree. Next to
that we would like you to bring:
a degree in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Physics, Cognitive
Science, Biomedical Engineering, Econometrics, Electrical Engineering or a
demonstrated programming skills;
interest in psychology, communication science, and affective sciences;
a strong interest in interdisciplinary scientific work; good English
academic writing and presentation skills.
We offer a personalized development program and extensive lab facilities
including support. During your PhD you are ensured of the support of Haru,
HONDA's social robot! Next to that we offer:
a position for 4 years (0.8 - 1.0 FTE);
a full-time gross salary that starts at €2,541 and increases to €3,247 per
month (scale P of the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities
8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment
conditions based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities.
In addition to the employment conditions laid down in the CAO for Dutch
Universities, Utrecht University has several of its own arrangements. For
example, there are agreements on professional development, leave arrangements
and sports. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of
employment via the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we like
to encourage you to continue to grow.
About the organization
The project is in close cooperation with the Honda Research Institute (HRI).
You get the opportunity to visit HRI in Japan for (multiple) short or
extensive visits or traineeships. The current project starts with 3 PhD-
students and support staff, who are embedded in the research group of Egon L.
van den Broek, which contains 5 more PhD-students.
If you have any questions that you'd like us to answer, please contact: Egon
L. van den Broek via firstname.lastname@example.org.Do you have a question about the
application procedure? Please send an email to email@example.com.
Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with
a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. If you have the expertise and
the experience to excel in this role, then simply respond via the “Apply now”
a detailed CV;
a motivation letter;
scans of BSc and/or MSc transcripts (incl. grade list), with certified
translation in English if the degree qualification is not in Dutch or
your BSc and MSc-thesis.
If you are within a few months from the completion of your MSc degree, we also
welcome you to apply! In that case, please enclose a letter from your MSc
thesis supervisor indicating when you are likely to graduate. We are flexible
with respect to the starting date.If this specific opportunity isn't for you,
but you know someone else who may be interested, please forward this vacancy
to them.Some connections are fundamental – Be one of them
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