Job: MSc by Research / PhD in Human-Robot Interaction for Heritage Education in Museum Contexts

Title MSc by Research / PhD in Human-Robot Interaction for Heritage Education in Museum Contexts
Categories funded, MSc by Research, PhD
Salary/Bursary 15000 pa
Start Date 2017-07-01
End Date 2020-06-30
Location Lincoln, UK
Job Information

This opportunity offers the successful candidate a bursary of up to £15000 per year for up to 3 years to work in a cross-disciplinary research project in collaboration with a local museum, the School of History and Heritage at the University of Lincoln to deploy a mobile robot as interactive tour guide to facilitate novel forms of engagement and education with museum visitors. 

In this project, the successful applicant will be embedded in the thriving research environment of the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems. They will develop software for and conduct research studies with the well-established mobile robot system “Linda“, which has been developed in the context of an international research collaboration, “STRANDS” in previous years. The focus of this research project is on the development of engaging interaction capabilities, content delivery and gaining a better understanding and exploitation of long-term usage patterns of mobile robots in museum contexts.

We are looking to recruit an MSc by research or PhD student with relevant experience and/or a strong interest in research areas including (but not limited to):

  • Robot navigation
  • Human activity monitoring and understanding;
  • Human-robot interaction;
  • Interaction Design with mobile robots
  • Learning for autonomous systems from long-term experience;
  • Systems integration, including ROS.

We offer this opportunity either as a 1 year MSc by Research opportunity, with the option to move onto a full 3 year PhD route after one year, or a direct 3 year PhD route, depending on the candidates qualification and experience.

As an application, you should have a good Bachelors (for the MSc by research route) or Masters (for the PhD route) in Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, Mathematics or Physics. You must have excellent mathematical and coding skills (C++/Python, ROS), and be available to start work on the project as soon as possible. The PhD studentship offers the opportunity to engage in international collaboration within an ambitious team, to work with state-of-the-art robotic hardware and software, and to benefit from excellent support to produce and disseminate original research contributions in the leading international conferences and journals. You must be able to work collaboratively as part of a team, including excellent written and spoken communication skills.

To apply for the position, please click the “Apply now” link below. Questions can also be asked in an email  to Prof Tom Duckett (email: or Dr Marc Hanheide (email: 

Disclaimer: This offer is subject to funding being released and initially restricted to UK/EU students.

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