A fully funded PhD studentship at Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL)

A fully funded PhD studentship is available at Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL), in the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, to work with Dr Isabelle Mareschal, and Prof Thomas Dixon director of the Centre for the History of Emotions to start in September 2018.

The aim of this project is to measure the psychological impact of forced and voluntary migration on children’s emotion recognition in collaboration with a Jordan based NGO. We will examine sensitivity to emotion recognition in refugee children living in Jordan, and refugee and migrant children living in the UK. The project will employ behavioural measurements (‘psychophysics”), and will mainly be carried out at Queen Mary University, with 3-4 brief (2 weeks) testing visits to the local NGO in Jordan. The successful candidate will receive the training needed to carry out their research, including advanced psychophysical techniques and behavioural testing. Applications are invited from candidates with, or expecting to be awarded, a Masters degree in an area relevant to the project (e.g. experimental psychology, perception, cognitive psychology, psychiatry, computer science). The student will ideally have experience using Matlab (Psychtoolbox or PsychoPy), or other programing languages. This is a fully funded studentship that coves tuition fees and stipend (at the standard Research Councils UK rate (£16,553 in 2017/18) for three years. It is open to UK/EU students only. International students are required to provide evidence of their proficiency in English language skills. Informal enquiries about the project can be made by email to Dr. Isabelle Mareschal (i.mareschal@qmul.ac.uk).

Application deadline is March 18, 2018 at:


[Updated on: 23 February 2018]

Visual Neuroscience Group, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, UK 

Fight for Sight PhD studentship (3 years)

Applications are invited for a fully funded Fight for Sight PhD Studentship. The aim of the PhD is to estimate the capacity of brain pathways to generate vision in the cortically blind field of stroke survivors, using a combination of visual perimetry, magnetic resonance imaging and psychophysics. To stratify the capacity for visual rehabilitation, the PhD student will identify functional brain networks that have survived the stroke. Visual field coverage maps of residual brain networks will be used to guide retraining of visual detection and discrimination inside visual field scotomas.
The PhD student will have the opportunity to become proficient in the use of a range of techniques, including functional magnetic resonance imaging, diffusion tensor imaging, dynamic perimetry and visual psychophysics.

The School of Psychology at the University of Nottingham has a thriving Visual Neuroscience Group, with nine faculty members and a large cohort of postdoctoral fellows and PhD students.  The group has a diverse range of interests in neuroscience, human perception, learning, and decision making. Research is supported by excellent laboratory and research facilities, and there is a firm commitment to the development of early career researchers.

The PhD student will be registered at The University of Nottingham and work under the supervision of Dr Ben Webb and Dr Denis Schluppeck.
Candidates should have a good first degree (or equivalent) in psychology, neuroscience, optometry, engineering, computer science or medicine. Previous experience with psychophysical methods, computer programming (e.g. Matlab, Python, R) and brain imaging is desirable.
The PhD will be fully funded, including stipend (£17,935 per annum), fees (£4536 per annum), and a Research Training and Support Grant (£500 per annum). The PhD will start in October 2018.
Applications should sent by e-mail to Ben Webb b.webb@nottingham.ac.uk and include: a two-page CV, the names and addresses of two referees, and a covering letter outlining the reasons for applying. The deadline for applications is 29th March 2018.
[Updated on: 21 February 2018]

Up to 8 PhD fellowships in Cognitive Neuroscience at SISSA, Trieste, Italy

SISSA is an elite postgraduate research institution, focused on Maths, Physics and Neuroscience. It operates in English: many among its students and faculty are not Italian. Campus above Trieste, overlooking the Gulf. Research approaches in the CNS PhD https://phdcns.sissa.it/ span the range from cognitive psychology and imaging in humans to behavioural neuroscience and multiple single-unit recording in rats, mathematical and computational modeling; with research groups led by Domenica Bueti, Davide Crepaldi, Mathew Diamond, Chris Mathys, Raffaella Rumiati, Alessandro Treves and Davide Zoccolan. Allied approaches are pursued in other SISSA PhDs.
All admitted students receive a 4-year fellowship and engage full-time in research based in Trieste, with limited coursework in the first few months, talks and seminars throughout the year and a TEX event in the summer, see https://indico.sissa.it/event/26/

First deadline for EU candidates: March 2, 2018, for nonEU: March 31, 2018

[Updated on: 13 February  2018]