[visionlist] 9 Leverhulme PhD studentships available at the University of Sussex on sensation, perception and awareness

Jenny Bosten J.Bosten at sussex.ac.uk
Tue Jan 7 13:17:01 -04 2020

Up to 9 PhD studentships are available from the University of Sussex’s Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme: From Sensation and Perception to Awareness
The University of Sussex invites applications for PhD studentship awards within its Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme entitled “From Sensation and Perception to Awareness”. The closing date is 31st January 2020.

Supervisors in vision science are offering projects, including Jamie Ward, Anna Franklin, Leon Lagnado, Thomas Baden and Jenny Bosten. The following projects are offered, and the program is also open to student-led proposals on the theme. For details, please see https://www.sussex.ac.uk/sensation/applications:

Human-computer interaction and digital arts
Designing Multisensory Experiences within the Reality-Virtuality Continuum
Investigation of Smell Experiences applying Computational Techniques
Investigating Feedback Musicianship
Performing with Musical Machines
Explorations in Robot Opera
Seeing with Sound: Visual-to-Auditory Sensory Substitution for the Blind and Sighted

Human Cognition and Cognitive neuroscience
Investigating Perceptual Presence using Virtual Reality
Neural codes for auditory feature binding
Sensing the first step
Consciousness and the Predictive Brain
Impact of lifestyle challenges on perception of bodily signals
Common determinants of involuntary attention to sensory stimuli and mental representations
Free energy agents: Modelling problem-solving in animals and machines
Understanding individual differences in sweet taste
Conscious recollection, objective memory and cortical reinstatement
Integrated information and neural complexity for expected and unexpected stimuli
The Role of Predictability in Conscious Awareness and Memory
Investigating cues to colour constancy using virtual reality
Visual tuning to environmental statistics during early development
The top-down generation of perceptual experience

Sensory Neuroscience
Vision at the origin of vertebrate life
Early visual processing
A genetic approach to Sensory Neuroscience
Incentive salience learning and perceptual bias
Neural control circuits for perceptual tuning of sensory inputs and behaviour selection
Active learning in visual navigation

The prestigious Sussex Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarship Programme<https://www.sussex.ac.uk/sensation/> brings together doctoral researchers from different disciplines to advance our understanding of the interactions between sensing, perception, and awareness in humans, animals, and machines.
The Programme will support an intake of up to 9 students starting in September 2020. PhD students will be registered within one of the participating schools (Life Sciences, Informatics, Psychology, Media Film & Music, and Brighton and Sussex Medical School).
Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship holders will:

  *   have Home/EU fees paid and receive a tax free living allowance at the standard Research Council rate – currently £15,009 per annum – for three years
  *   be eligible for further financial support for training and research expenses, such as conference trips and experimental costs
  *   be eligible to apply for one of several 12 month postdoctoral research fellowships, available only to completing Leverhulme scholars
  *   benefit from supervision by world-leading researchers in the areas of sensation, perception, and awareness
  *   benefit from dedicated training courses in programming, virtual/augmented reality, public engagement, and more
  *   be part of a vibrant research community with many opportunities to develop yourself as well as your research, through specialist research seminars, reading groups, lectures by world class visiting speakers, and student-led conferences
You will also have access to research and practical expertise available across all participating schools and their related doctoral programmes and existing research networks.
For further details, including how to apply, see:
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