Human-AI team collaboration at work

We seek applications from enthusiastic, self-motivated students for studentships in our new Surrey Institute for People-Centred Artificial Intelligence (AI). Funded doctoral research projects will investigate how human employees collaborate with AI systems at work, and to design inclusive, fair, and responsible AI for human-AI teaming. In addition to excellent numerical and programming skills, previous experience in deep learning, tourism and the hospitality industry would be highly advantageous.

Start date
1 October 2022
3 years
Application deadline
Funding source
University of Surrey
Funding information

A stipend of £16,062 for 2021/22, which will increase each year in line with the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) rate, plus Home rate fee allowance of £4,500 (with automatic increase to UKRI rate each year). The studentship is offered for 3 years. For exceptional international candidates, there is the possibility of obtaining a scholarship to cover overseas fees.


Artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming the way we work in various organisations and across industries. AI-systems are implemented to replace many low-skilled and unskilled jobs previously undertaken by human employees, to decrease workload, increase efficiency, and assist employees with decision making. As the intelligence level of machines increases, collaboration between human employees and AI systems becomes more common and interdependent. Consequently, the role of the AI changes, transforming from a technology used as a tool to full team members. Team collaboration between human employees and AI systems may unfold differently compared to all-human teams. Employees are gradually facing a more competitive working environment, not only competing with other human work colleagues, but also with AI systems as new team members.

To successfully implement human-AI teams in organisational settings, it is critical to understand how employees adapt to new collaborative settings and how human employees should be protected from AI-augmented workplace. This PhD project will aim to investigate how to support human employees working alongside AI or in algorithmically managed workplaces in order to promote their career growth.

We acknowledge, understand and embrace diversity.

Related links
Surrey Institute for People-Centred AI

Eligibility criteria

All applicants should have (or expect to obtain) a first-class degree in a numerate discipline (mathematics, science or engineering) or MSc with Distinction (or 70% average) and a strong interest in pursuing research in this field. Additional experience which is relevant to the area of research is also advantageous.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted via the Vision, Speech and Signal Processing PhD programme page on the "Apply" tab. Please clearly state the studentship title and supervisor on your application.

Vision, Speech and Signal Processing PhD

Application deadline

Contact details

Erin Chao Ling
38 AP 02
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 686126

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