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PhD Position in Swarm Intelligence in AI and Neuroscience

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The Cognition, Values, Behaviour Research Group (Professor Ophelia Deroy) hosts the EMERGE project, funded by the EIC-Pathfinder (European Innovation Council). The general goal of the project is to characterise and implement the emergence of a form of collaborative awareness across simple artificial agents. The project team includes computer scientists (lead PI: Davide Bacciu, Pisa), cognitive robotics (lead PI: Cosimo dell’a Santina, Delft), swarm intelligence experts (lead PI: Sabine Hauert, Bristol). The current position will be supervised by Prof. Ophelia Deroy (philosophy of mind), Dr. Bahador Bahrami (collective intelligence) and Dr. Jurgis Karpus (human-AI interactions).

Your tasks and responsibilities:

The current position will be involved in developing concepts and tools to measure the emergence of collaborative awareness, as distinct from both global and distributed awareness, and using dimensional models of awareness developed in cognitive science in collaboration with a post-doctoral fellow. The appointee will be expected to

  • conduct research in the topics relevant to the project, especially theories and measures of awareness/consciousness or collective behaviour
  • write, publish and disseminate research results
  • participate in the research activities of the project and of the Cognition, Values and Behaviour research group (cvbers.com)

Your qualifications:

  • You will have had interdisciplinary exposure or undergraduate training in philosophy, neuroscience, and/or computer science (dual training particularly encouraged)
  • You have a strong background in neural networks, and theories of consciousness
  • You will have carried out empirical research
  • Yo will be team-oriented, and willing to contribute to the coordinated activities of the EIC-project
  • You would have an additional interest for applied research


Your workplace is centrally located in Munich and is very easy to reach by public transport. We offer you an interesting job with good training and development opportunities, and the possibility to join a highly international and interdisciplinary group.

Furthermore, we strive to promote diversity in research, and welcome applications of all qualified candidates.

People with disabilities who are equally as qualified as other applicants will receive preferential treatment.


Applications (including CV, list of publications, list of courses taught, a writing sample, and a description of planned research project (1000-1500 words)) should be submitted to Dr. Ophelia Deroy.

In addition, we ask for two letters of reference, which must be sent by the reviewers directly to Dr. Ophelia Deroy.

For further questions on the project please refer to Prof. Dr. Ophelia Deroy by e-mail


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