LINGUIST List 28.2654

Wed Jun 14 2017

Support: Danish; English; Cognitive Science; Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Human-Robot Interaction: PhD, University of Southern Denmark

Editor for this issue: Clare Harshey <>

Date: 13-Jun-2017
From: Kerstin Fischer <>
Subject: Danish; English; Cognitive Science; Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Human-Robot Interaction: PhD, University of Southern Denmark
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Department: Department of Design and Communication
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: University of Southern Denmark

Duties: Research,Teaching,Project Work

Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science; Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics
Human-Robot Interaction
Required Language(s): Danish (dan)
                            English (eng)


A fully funded 3-year Ph.D. position is available from November 1st 2017 at the Department of Design and Communication at the University of Southern Denmark. The position is anchored to an interdisciplinary research project comprising linguists, social scientists, computational linguists and roboticists. In this project, based on needs analyses in the Danish healthcare system, robot applications which will support elderly users in their daily lives, will be developed and tested.

The Ph.D. student is expected to contribute to the research project by carrying out experimental and ethnographic user studies of various kinds and by developing persuasive dialog and responsive robot behaviors supporting the development of an incremental dialog system for Danish. The requirements for the positions are therefore:

- good command of the Danish language (essential)
- good command of the English language (essential)
- a background in language/communication (essential)
- experience in qualitative user studies (preferred)
- experience in experiment design (preferred)
- experience in technology interaction (preferred)

Applicants should ideally have a background in language / communication, have developed skills preferably in empirical human-technology interaction studies and demonstrate experience in interdisciplinary collaboration. We especially welcome applications in the areas of HRI, HCI and communication-based technological innovation processes. We expect applicants to communicate a passion for their subject, deliver research of high international standard and be able to engage in our progressive interdisciplinary teaching and learning environment. The PhD student’s research project may concern issues of human-robot interaction, persuasive human-robot dialog, assistive systems for the elderly or similar topics that are related to the aims of the project.

Further information is available from and from the Head of Department Per Krogh Hansen +45 6550 1451, email: and from Professor (MSO) Kerstin Fischer +45 6550 1220, email:


Applications Deadline: 01-Aug-2017

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Professor Kerstin Fischer

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