05/02/2020
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
Science 4 Refugees

15 PhD Fellowship positions available in EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN): COBRA - COnversational BRAins


  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Aix-Marseille Université
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Language sciences
    Psychological sciencesCognitive science
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    31/03/2020 17:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Multiple locations, see work locations below.
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    35-40
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER
    859588

COBRA is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network that aims to train the next generation of researchers to accurately characterize and model the linguistic, cognitive and brain mechanisms deployed by human speakers in conversational interactions with human interlocutors as well as artificial dialog systems. It relies on a cross-sectoral international network of 11 world-level academic research centers and 4 nonacademic partners with 3 fast-developing SMEs and 1 world-level company. The partners' unique combined expertise and high complementarity will allow COBRA to offer 15 ESRs an excellent training programme as well as strong exposure to the non-academic sector in the emerging field of conversational brains. Training will cover scientific and technical skills, from the joint monitoring of brain and physiological activities in two or more people talking to each other to making multi-language databases, resources and findings available in open access, as well as transferable skills. The ESRs will conduct experimental and corpus studies on the alignment and prediction processes that make conversation between people both easy and fluent, across a large variety of communicational settings and in different languages, to better understand how these processes contribute to setting up brain-to-brain coupling relationships. Collaborative work with non-academic partners will foster the development of more effective and socially acceptable text-to-speech synthesizers, artificial dialogue systems, and social humanoid robots with high-level conversational skills. The project will open new career perspectives for ESRs with interdisciplinary training in language sciences, neuroscience and dialog systems on a very fast-growing digital market. COBRA’s training programme will also have major societal implications as it will concern aspects of the European citizens’ everyday life, from spoken interactions with machines to conversing in a non-native language.

For information about the different positions and for APPLYING, please consult the link provided for each of the projects:

Benefits

The ESRs will be contractually employed for 36 months by the main institution, and will be covered under the social security scheme of the

enrolling country. She/he will monthly receive a Living Allowance, a Mobility Allowance and a Family Allowance (if applicable) compliant with

the applicable EC Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions-ITN general conditions.

 

Eligibility criteria

  • be an early stage researcher within the first four years of your research career;
  • have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree (PhD);
  • have not lived or carried out your main activity (work/study) in your host country for more than 12 months during the past three years.

 

Selection process

Applications must contain the following:

  • An up-to-date CV, without gaps, in order for the selection committee to easily check the mobility and experience requirements. CVs that either do not clearly show the applicant’s past experience, or have gaps, will be considered ineligible;
  • A letter exposing her/his motivation for a COBRA PhD fellowship, and her preference for two of the fifteen PhD projects proposed in COBRA;
  •  At least 1 reference letter (in English) from one former supervisor and/or professor;
  •  The scan of the degree (usually the master’s degree) which would formally entitles her/him to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained, or in the country in which the researcher will be recruited. If the degree has not been obtained yet, the applicant will have to provide a declaration of her/his university stating that the degree will be obtained before the expected starting date;
  •  Transcripts of records (document indicating the applicant’s ranking and marks within her/his master’s degree as well as the courses/modules she/he has followed).

 

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Language sciences: Master Degree or equivalent
    Psychological sciences: Master Degree or equivalent

Map Information

Work location(s)
2 position(s) available at
Laboratoire Parole et Langage (LPL)
France
Aix-en-Provence
13100
5, Avenue Pasteur
2 position(s) available at
University of Edinburgh (UEDIN)
United Kingdom
Edinburgh
EH8 9YL
OLD COLLEGE, SOUTH BRIDGE
2 position(s) available at
FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA (IIT)
Italy
Ferrara
44121
Via Fossato di Mortara, 17-19
2 position(s) available at
INSTITUTE OF INFORMATICS SAS (IISAS)
Slovakia
Bratislava
845 07
Dúbravská cesta 9
2 position(s) available at
UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN (UCLouvain)
Belgium
Louvain-la-Neuve
1348
Place B. Pascal 1
1 position(s) available at
FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN (FUB)
Germany
Berlin
14195
Habelschwerdter Allee 45
1 position(s) available at
HUMBOLDT-UNIVERSITAET ZU BERLIN (HU)
Germany
Berlin
10099
Unter den Linden 6
2 position(s) available at
FURHAT ROBOTICS AB
Sweden
Stockholm
114 28
Lindstedtsvägen 24
1 position(s) available at
ReadSpeaker B.V.
Netherlands
Huis ter Heide
3712BP
Dolderseweg 2A

EURAXESS offer ID: 489175

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