Job: Postdoc in Natural Language Generation for Human-Robot Interaction at Edinburgh Napier University

Research Fellow in Natural Language Generation for Human-Robot Interaction
Edinburgh Napier University
Edinburgh, Scotland

Hours:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed-term, 30 months
Salary:  Grade 5, £32,816 – £39,152 per annum. Package: Excellent benefits package
Job Ref:  0000009687

Closing date: Sunday 22nd March 2020

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher for 30 months to undertake research and contribute to the development of knowledge relating to natural language generation and human-robot interaction. Specifically, the post will help identify challenges associated with the incorporation of various data sources such as knowledge bases, visual information and sensor data, will investigate and develop multi-modal machine learning models for natural language generation and will perform evaluations via a series of experiments and task-based evaluations.

Common-sense- and Visually-enhanced natural Language generation (CiViL) is an ambitious three-year project funded by the UK’s Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council. The project aims to develop domain-independent natural language generation models enhanced with Common-sense knowledge in order to transform the way humans interact with intelligent systems.

With over 50 academics, 1100 students, professional accreditation from the British Computer Society and some of the most impressive computing lab facilities in a UK university, the School of Computing is highly regarded and one of the UK’s largest computing departments at the heart of Scotland’s inspiring capital.

The School is organised in three subject disciplines: Creative & Social Informatics, Cyber Security & Networking and Software Engineering. Further information about Edinburgh Napier University can be found here.


The Research Fellow will join the Nature-Inspired Intelligent Systems group, which specialises in optimisation, nature inspired computation and language technologies. The post includes a generous allowance for research training for relevant research skills (e.g. to attend summer schools) as well as transferable skills (training in communication). The research fellow will be expected to identify opportunities for research publications and contribute as a lead author, as well as to help with organisation of related workshops/meetings.

This post would be particularly suited to individuals interested in pursuing a career in natural language generation for human-robot interaction and dialogue. To review the role profile in more detail, click here.


Essential requirements:

  • PhD in Natural Language Generation, Human-Robot Interaction or relevant area.
  • Publications in high-quality conferences and journals such as ACL, EMNLP or related.
  • Experience in conducting task-based evaluations with human participants.
  • Experience with various machine learning paradigms and machine learning software.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.

Desirable requirements:

  • Experience with supervision of PhD/Masters dissertations.

For a detailed list of the requirements, you can review the full Job Description here.


In return, we offer a great working environment where we support ambition, recognise achievement and offer an attractive benefit package. This includes a generous pension scheme, professional development opportunities, discounted access to onsite sports facilities and a wide range of other staff discounts. Click here for more information.


Closing date: Sunday 22nd March 2020 (midnight GMT)
Interviews: 3rd April 2020

If you have any questions, feel free to contact:

Dr. Dimitra Gkatzia
Assistant Prof. of Computing @ Edinburgh Napier University

The University is committed to inclusion, demonstrated through our work in respect of our diversity awards and accreditations (Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Charter) and holds Disability Confident, Carer Positive and Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champion status. More details can be found here.


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