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PhD Studentship: 3-year funded PhD opportunity available in Vision

Psychology

Location:  UK Other
Closing Date:  Wednesday 15 February 2023
Reference:  SCI2149

The Project:

We are currently recruiting a PhD candidate to join the Visual Neuroscience Group in the School of Psychology at the University of Nottingham. The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr Chris Scholes. The specifics of the PhD project can be tailored to the applicant but here are some examples of recent work:

  • Scholes C., McGraw, P.V. & Roach, N.W. Learning to silence saccadic suppression (2021). Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 118 (6) e2012937118.
  • Scholes C., Skipper, J. & Johnston, A. The interrelationship between the face and vocal tract configuration during audiovisual speech (2020). Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 117 (51) 32791-32798.
  • Scholes C., McGraw, P.V., Nyström, M. & Roach, N.W. Fixational eye movements predict visual sensitivity (2015). Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 282: 20151568.

The Environment:

Nottingham is ideally situated in the middle of England and has excellent transport links, being served by a major train station and with multiple airports close by. It has a large and diverse student population and a vibrant social scene, with plenty of fine drinking and eating establishments to suit every taste. The East Midlands is one of the most affordable areas to live in the UK and Nottingham University is situated on a beautiful, leafy campus with easy access to the city (15 minute tram ride). 

The Visual Neuroscience Group is one of the largest nuclei of vision scientists in the UK, with expertise in a variety of areas and techniques, and an established track record of bringing through successful PhD students. 

The Details:

The studentship is funded by the Faculty of Science and will provide a stipend to cover living costs (approximately 17,668.) and cover Home University fees (estimated at £4,496) for the duration of the project and thesis writing (36 months). As the studentship will not cover international fees (around £25,000 a year), non-UK students should contact Dr Chris Scholes separately before applying.

 

This position has been previously advertised, but not filled, and the starting date is from 1st October 2023.

Requirements:

Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree (minimum 2:1 or equivalent) or a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field such as Psychology, Neuroscience, Optometry, Computer Science, Physiology, Mathematics or a related discipline.

Essential: The successful candidate will be highly motivated with strong written and verbal communication skills and should have some experience with data analysis, quantitative methods, or programming.

Desirable: Experience with collecting and/or processing eye-tracking/psychophysical data; experience with Matlab or Python.

Informal enquiries can be directed to Chris Scholes (Chris.Scholes@nottingham.ac.uk).

How to apply:

All applications are to be made directly to the University, selecting PhD Psychology (36 months duration) as the course. Please apply at:

https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/pgstudy/how-to-apply/apply-online.aspx.

In the research proposal section please only include “Chris Scholes advertised PhD position” in the title. Please note, the application will not be considered if you fail to do so. You are required to upload the following documents to your application:

  • C.V.
  • Personal statement (maximum 1 page) about why the candidate is interested in pursuing a PhD in psychology/neuroscience, any relevant research experience, and a brief outline for an experiment or study the candidate would be interested in conducting.
  • Either two references (in a non-editable format such as pdf, on headed paper and signed by the referee) or the details (email addresses) of two referees that we can contact. One of the references must be academic.

If you have any questions about the application process through MyNottingham, please contact sciencessupport@nottingham.ac.uk for further advice.

Deadline: Wednesday, 15th February 2023

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