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PhD Studentship on Explainable AI and human-computer collaboration

School of Informatics

About the Project

One fully funded PhD position to work with Dr Kobi Gal in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh, on a project titled “Explainable AI and human-computer collaboration”.

The aim of this project is to combine cutting-edge research at the intersection of human-computer collaboration and explainable in AI in service of building computer systems that learn to collaborate with their human users and guide their interaction over time.

Candidate’s profile

• Project specific skills include ability to conduct cutting edge research, conduct experiments, work in a diverse group of other students.
• Programming skills include Python, R or similarly high level programming language.
• A good Bachelors degree (2.1 or above or international equivalent) and/or Masters degree in a relevant subject (physics, mathematics, engineering, computer science, or related subject)
• Proficiency in English (both oral and written)
• Knowledge of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence methods is highly desirable.

Application Information

Applicants should apply via the University’s admissions portal (EUCLID) and apply for the following programme: AIAI PhD program with a start date of 01 Feb 2021.

Applicants should state “Explainable AI and human-computer collaboration” and the research supervisor (Dr Kobi Gal) in their application and Research Proposal document.

Complete applications submitted by 01 Sept 2020 will receive full consideration; after that date applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Applicants must submit:

• All degree transcripts and certificates (and certified translations if applicable)
• Evidence of English Language capability (where applicable).
• A short research proposal (max 2 pages)
• A full CV and cover letter describing your background, suitability for the PhD, and research interests (max 2 pages).
• Two references (note that it the applicant’s responsibility to ensure reference letters are received before the deadline).

Only complete applications (i.e. those that are not missing the above documentation) will progress forward to Academic Selectors for further consideration.


The School of Informatics is one of the largest in Europe and currently the top Informatics institute in the UK for research power, with 40% of its research outputs considered world-leading (top grade), and almost 50% considered top grade for societal impact. The University of Edinburgh is constantly ranked among the world’s top universities and is a highly international environment with several centres of excellence.

Funding Notes

Studentship and eligibility

The studentship starting in the academic year 2020/21 covers:
• Full time PhD tuition fees for a student with either Home/EU fee status (£4,407 per annum) or overseas fee status (£23,500 per annum)
• A tax free stipend of GBP £15,285 per annum, for 3 years 6 months; and
• Additional programme costs of £1000 per year.

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