PhD Position Conversational AI for Social Good

PhD Position Conversational AI for Social Good

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11 Nov 27 Dec Delft

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Do you believe conversational AI would be better to help and even collaborate with people if they responded to people's emotions? If it remembered what is important to you and supported you in your decision making?

Job description

Adapting and responding to each other’s emotions and adhering to a set of norms. These capabilities are what enables humans to form a picture of a person and makes us create relationships.

Yet, conversational AI still needs this ability. This PhD position is dedicated to addressing this gap by developing the underlying data-driven models that enable a robot to engage with humans in a socially aware manner.

While there are many application domains to which such technology could apply, the ideal candidate would have an interest in applications for social good. The PhD candidate will work on techniques to leverage a person's language and non-verbal signals and further develop machine learning techniques. The ideal candidate will have some initial experience in language technology and a keen interest in engaging with reinforcement learning.


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


  • MSc in Computer Science or related field.
  • At least 3 years of programming experience in python (java or C++is a plus).
  • Motivation to meet deadlines.
  • Affinitty to design and social science research.
  • Interest in collaborating with colleagues from Industrial Design.
  • Willingness to teach and guide students.
  • The ability to work in a team, take initiative, be results oriented and systematic.

Doing a PhD at TU Delft requires English proficiency at a certain level to ensure that the candidate is able to communicate and interact well, participate in English-taught Doctoral Education courses, and write scientific articles and a final thesis. For more details please check the Graduate Schools Admission Requirements.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 5 years.

TU Delft offers TU Delft AI-Lab PhD-candidates a 5-year period of employment in principle, but in the form of 2 employment contracts. An initial 1,5 year contract with an official go/no go progress assessment after one year, followed by an additional contract for the remaining 3,5 years assuming everything goes well and performance requirements are met.  As a TU Delft AI lab PhD candidate you will be specifically deployed for AI-related education within the TU Delft AI labs programme. Approximately a fifth of your time will be allocated to developing ground-breaking learning materials and educating students in these new subjects. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2541 per month in the first year to € 3413 in the fifth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. 


Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context. At TU Delft we embrace diversity and aim to be as inclusive as possible (see our Code of Conduct). Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale.

Challenge. Change. Impact! 


Faculty Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) brings together three disciplines - electrical engineering, mathematics and computer science. Combined, they reinforce each other and are the driving force behind the technology we use in our daily lives. Technology such as the electricity grid, which our faculty is helping to make future-proof. We are also working on a world in which humans and computers reinforce each other. We are mapping out disease processes using single cell data, and using mathematics to simulate gigantic ash plumes after a volcanic eruption. There is plenty of room here for ground-breaking research. We educate innovative engineers and have excellent labs and facilities that underline our strong international position. In total, more than 1,100 employees and 4,000 students work and study in this innovative environment.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science.


  • PhD
  • Engineering
  • 36—40 hours per week
  • €2541—€3247 per month
  • University graduate
  • TUD02750


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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