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Research Assistant in the Division of Science, Social Machine and RoboTics Laboratory

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Closing date
27 Sep 2023


The Division of Science at New York University Abu Dhabi, seeks to recruit a motivated research assistant to work under the supervision of Dr. Hanan Salam on topics including: (i) Human-Machine Interaction, (ii) Social Robotics, (iii) Artificial Intelligence for mental health, (iv) Bias in AI.

We are mainly interested in the development of Intelligent social Machines that are capable of adapting to users by understanding their mental and affective states, with applications in various domains such as education, healthcare, business, etc.

The minimum qualification for this position is an Msc. in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Science, Robotics or any other related field. The position requires experience with at least one of the following: Data Science, Machine Learning, Social Robotics, Human Machine Interaction, Computer Vision and speech processing, multimodal signals processing. The candidate must also have strong programming skills and machine learning experience.

Excellent communication skills in English, ability to work in multidisciplinary teams, and scientific creativity are essential.

The candidate will work in a multidisciplinary environment consisting of PhD-level scientists, graduate students and undergraduate students.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and candidates will be considered until the position is filled. For consideration, applicants need to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcript of degree, one page summary of research accomplishments and interests, and at least two letters of reference, all in PDF format. If you have any questions, please email Prof. Hanan Salam at  

The terms of employment are very competitive and include housing and educational subsidies for children, together with full health insurance and retirement contributions. The UAE does not levy income tax.

About NYUAD:

NYU Abu Dhabi is a degree-granting research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science undergraduate program in the Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Engineering. NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU New York, and NYU Shanghai, form the backbone of NYU’s global network university, an interconnected network of portal campuses and academic centers across six continents that enable seamless international mobility of students and faculty in their pursuit of academic and scholarly activity. This global university represents a transformative shift in higher education, one in which the intellectual and creative endeavors of academia are shaped and examined through an international and multicultural perspective. As a major intellectual hub at the crossroads of the Arab world, NYUAD serves as a center for scholarly thought, advanced research, knowledge creation, and sharing, through its academic, research, and creative activities.

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UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply.

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