UK PhD studentship on robotic dual-arm manipulation

Applications are invited for a fully-funded UK PhD studentship on robotic dual-arm manipulation.

IMPORTANT: Only UK and Irish students are eligible for this studentship funding (*)

The studentship will be based in Bristol Robotics Laboratory and the University of Bristol, co-supervised by Prof. Nathan Lepora and Dr Efi Psomopoulou.

The role is part of a €7M Horizon Europe-funded project on advancing the physical intelligence of robots toward human-like bimanual object manipulation. The student will have the benefit of being part of a large international collaboration of many leading European research groups in robotic manipulation, and a vibrant team of postdoctoral and PhD researchers in the Dexterous Robotics group (

The project introduces a novel technological framework for enabling robots to perform complex object manipulation tasks, allowing them to efficiently manipulate highly diverse objects with various properties in terms of shape, size and physical characteristics similarly to how humans do. We particularly focus on bimanual manipulation robots that can operate in challenging, real-world, possibly human-populated environments, and we further research, develop and fuse the necessary technologies in robot perception, cognition, mechatronics and control, to allow such, human-like, efficient robotic objects manipulation towards step changes in contemporary service robots.

The positions will be based at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory ( the largest centre for multidisciplinary robotics research in the UK. It will operate within the internationally-leading Dexterous Robotics Group at Bristol Robotics Laboratory, which is an exciting and vibrant research group with several recent lecturer appointment, 25 researchers and a range of state-of-the-art robot equipment. You will use dedicated facilities and expertise from the Robotics Lab in addition to those of the Faculties of Engineering and Science at the University of Bristol and project partners.


This is a fully-funded PhD studentship at standard UKRI rates (currently £18,022 for 2023/24 year). Fees for UK and Irish students will be covered. There will be additional funds from the project grant for equipment and travel that are substantially in excess of those usually available for PhD studies.

You will be working in a team with the two supervisors, a postdoctoral Research Associate and a Research Technician (both to be advertised soon). We are intending to recruit other PhD students to the team to provide a cohesive and supportive environment for the members.

The post starts on November 1st 2023 and lasts for 3.5 years.


Please contact Professor Nathan Lepora ( and Dr Efi Psomopoulou ( for more details about this post and to apply. Applicants should send a short CV (2 pages max) and 1-page letter describing why they are interested in the post. We will keep applications open until the post is filled.

* NOTE: This scholarship is available ONLY to UK and Irish citizens or EU applicants who have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years (some constraints are in place around residence for education) and have UK settlement or pre-settlement status under the EU Settlement Scheme.