Location: Trinity College Dublin
Level: Post-Doctoral Researcher

HUMAN+ Fellowship Programme

Up to 9 prestigious Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Positions available   


  • Living Allowance: €42,061.36
  • Mobility Allowance: €6,483.57
  • Family Allowance (if applicable*): €5,402.97

Contract Duration: 2 years 

Application Deadline: 26th of March 2021

*Family allowance is subject to eligibility, more details available at www.humanplus.ie

Description of the role

HUMAN+ is an international and interdisciplinary fellowship programme jointly led by ADAPT, the Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Digital Media Technology & AI and the Trinity Long Room Hub at Trinity College Dublin. The programme is supported by the prestigious European Commission (EC) Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Action.

HUMAN+ will connect computer science researchers with arts and humanities researchers and enterprise to forge a human-centric approach to technology development allowing for interdisciplinary research, integrating insights from the arts, humanities and computer sciences as well as enterprise.

We want to recruit 9 experienced researchers from a Computer Science and Engineering background for a 2-year post-doctoral programme and unique research and training space that focuses on the development of computing technology with insights informed by the Arts and Humanities.

Successful researchers will work with ADAPT’s renowned Principal Investigators such as Professor Owen Conlan on Automated Personalisation Techniques.

Advancing personalised experiences from being reactive with limited scope and under immediate, and often limited, user control to becoming proactive and exhibiting increasing levels of autonomy and agency presents many research challenges. Tackling these challenges offers significant potential in realizing augmented human experiences by adapting to individual needs, preferences and contexts. A basic example of such proactivity would be a personalized service that automatically responds to instant messages on the user’s behalf, e.g. automatically sending a delivery driver your Zip code, address and pin for their favourite navigation app following a “Where are you?” message. Such automated behaviour has the potential to save the user a significant amount of time and could dramatically limit the intrusiveness of ‘push’ style technologies, but it raises considerable questions and challenges: When and how should an automated agent respond on a user’s behalf? How can the user maintain oversight and control of such communications? What does it mean to be the recipient of such an automated, albeit tailored, response? This fellowship builds on mature personalisation work carried out in ADAPT. Specifically, it will build upon EmPushy (https://empushy.com/), a framework for generating, based on Machine Learning techniques, realistic notifications that a user’s mobile device might receive. This tuneable framework can generate a stream of notifications tailored to different situations and contexts. These notifications can be the basis of proactive, intelligent and personalised interventions.

*Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must have a relevant background to the strand of the programme they wish to apply to: Computer Science & Engineering (Strand 2).
  • Applicants may be of any nationality and must agree to the programme’s Terms & Conditions.
  • Applicants must comply with the Transnational Mobility Rule: at the application deadline, applicants must NOT have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Ireland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the call deadline.
  • Applicants must, at the time of the call deadline, be an Experienced Researcher, i.e. in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent (FTE) research experience. FTE research experience is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the researcher is recruited or seconded, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is or was ever envisaged.
  • Applicants must be fluent in English (written and spoken).
  • Applicants are required to produce evidence of genuine interdisciplinary experience or interest regarding the scope of the programme.

*Candidates should read the Guide for Applicants and Terms and Conditions available on the HUMAN+ website – www.humanplus.ie

Application Details: Application is via our website (www.humanplus.ie) using our application documents. The first step is to discuss your proposal with a possible Supervisor from Strand 2. For a full list of Supervisors and to reach out directly visit our Supervisors webpage (https://humanplus.ie/people/) or email the Project Manager at humanplus@tcd.ie who will be happy to direct you.