PhD position Musical Robot for People with Dementia

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) is inviting applications for PhD position Musical Robot for People with Dementia.

The PhD candidate will join the QoLEAD project, a unique interdisciplinary collaborative network for the co-creation of intelligent personalized support for people with dementia (PwD). This position is at the Interactive Intelligence group of TU Delft, with a tight connection to the Music, Brain, Health & Technology (MBHT) lab of Leiden University (Rebecca Schaefer, the head of the lab, will co-supervise the PhD). 

Furthermore, the PhD-research is part of a work package that develops a “social agent and robot framework”, in which TU Delft closely collaborates with the Radboud University, RU (ie, the concerning RU PhD-student and supervisors who focus on a supportive virtual agent). The TU Delft PhD research will co-create a musical social robot that guides and enriches people’s daily activities, supporting and augmenting caregiver’s tasks.

The PhD candidate will initiate, manage and execute a systematic iterative process of (co)-designing, prototyping and evaluation. People with dementia and their caregivers will be involved in the research from the beginning (such as user requirements, use cases, knowledge acquisitions and evaluations), although first prototypes will be tested with less vulnerable people.

Duration: 04 years


  • Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2541 per month in the first year to € 3247 in the fourth year. 
  • As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School.
  • The TU Delft offers a customizable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution
  • For international applicants they offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist candidates with their relocation.
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Job Requirements

Candidates should have a master’s degree in artificial intelligence, computer science, cognitive science, human-computer interaction, or a related field. In addition, the candidate should have:

  • strong computational skills, and interests in human-robot interaction and music;
  • affinity with human-centered design, conversational agents, and empirical studies
  • affinity with people with dementia, and speaking Dutch (as you will design for and with Dutch-speaking PwD)  
  • excellent social skills and interests to learn and think across disciplines;
  • preferably some experience with cognitive (memory, conversation) modeling and statistical data analysis.

Application Process

Applicants are to submit the following documents

  • Curriculum vitae and
  • A Motivation letter

To apply for the PhD position in Musical Robot for People with Dementiaclick here.

Deadline: June 18, 2023.

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