PhD studentships in Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Employer: EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Robotics and Autonomous Systems – Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh
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Job salary
Annual stipend of at least £15,609
Job term
4 years
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Our CDT is the training arm of the prestigious Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, a joint venture between Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh, and forming the new National Robotarium (opening early 2022).

We have been training innovation-ready postgraduates since 2014, with a focus on safety and safe interactions between robots, people and their environments.

We have a number of exciting PhD opportunities, from September 2022, for those with a passion for robotics and who have, or expect to obtain, a 2.1 or higher degree in Engineering, Computer Science or related subjects such as Maths, Physics, HRI and NLP. Applicants from other disciplines with an interest in robotics will be considered, such as Psychology, Social Sciences and the creative disciplines. 

We are committed to facilitating a shift in the culture and diversity of the robotics research community through pro-active practices to support equality, diversity and inclusion at all levels. Our work in this area was recently recognised by Informatics Europe, who awarded the CDT with the Minerva Informatics Equality Award.

Why join us?

• Flexible programme structure allows students to study MSc level courses to match their research area of interest in year one
• Bespoke #Cauldron programme, which focuses on non-technical skills training including technology translation, creativity and innovation
• Cohort approach with activities including group projects, away days, robot competitions, Gateway seminars with prestigious speakers, and social events
• Opportunity for international placement in a prestigious research laboratory in year three
• Access to world class robotics equipment and the National Robotarium facilities
• Innovation funding available to assist with preparation of a demonstration prototype with commercialisation potential

Closing date for applications is Friday 28th January 2022. More information and how to apply can be found at