[visionlist] PhD studentship - visual attention and working memory

GRUBERT, ANNA anna.k.grubert at durham.ac.uk
Wed Aug 4 10:58:51 -04 2021

A 3-year full-time PhD studentship is available at the Department of Psychology at Durham University, UK, to start in the academic year 2021/22. The successful candidate will join a research project on memory-guided visual attention led by Dr Anna Grubert (https://www.dur.ac.uk/directory/profile/?id=15227). The project aims at understanding the cognitive and neural underpinnings of memory-guided visual attention. The PhD will combine behavioural and electrophysiological (EEG/ERP) measures to investigate the organisational properties of memory-based attentional templates and the time course of template-guided selection. The PhD studentship is fully funded by the Leverhulme Trust and covers UK Home tuition fees, a tax-free annual stipend of currently £15,285, and generous research expenses.

Who is eligible?
Essential criteria:
- Open to UK applicants (applicants eligible for UK Home tuition fees).
- Have a BSc and have (or expect to obtain) an MSc in experimental psychology, at an upper second (2.1) standard or higher.
- Experience in collecting, analysing, and reporting quantitative data on human perception or cognition.
- Technical competence (e.g., MATLAB, Python, SPSS) and ability to learn to use new equipment and software.
- Excellent written and oral expression.
- Have a desire to pursue a research career.
Desirable criteria:
- An outstanding academic track-record (e.g., high grades, prizes, career-stage-appropriate conference presentations or publications).
- A proven background of theoretical knowledge or empirical research on visual selective attention with human healthy adults and methodological experience with EEG and ERPs.

What are your responsibilities?
Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Carry through an independent and original research project under the supervision of Dr Anna Grubert within the set time frame of 3 years.
- Engage in opportunities to further training and self-improvement both conceptually and methodologically.
- Commit to high quality empirical work with great attention to detail, a strong work ethic, integrity, cooperation, and creativity.
- Active participation and dissemination of your knowledge and findings in internal and external research environments, e.g., lab meetings, departmental research seminars, national and international conferences.
- Write and publish research articles.
- Write a PhD thesis based on your experimental work.

How to apply?
Email applications directly to Dr Anna Grubert (anna.k.grubert at durham.ac.uk<mailto:anna.k.grubert at durham.ac.uk>) with the subject line "Leverhulme PhD studentship application". The application closing date is 3rd September 2021.
Applications must include:
- CV, including a transcript of your marks obtained in your studies so far.
- A cover letter outlining your suitability for and interests in the studentship.
- Names and contact details for two academic referees.
- An example of a report written by yourself reporting research you have carried out, such as an undergraduate or master dissertation.
Interviews are expected to be held in the w/c 13th September, remotely (via zoom). Successful candidates will be notified directly. The studentship is expected to start between October 2021 and January 2022, or as soon as possible after. Prospective candidates are welcome to contact anna.k.grubert at durham.ac.uk<mailto:anna.k.grubert at durham.ac.uk> for informal enquiries about the studentship.

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Anna Grubert, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology, Durham University
South Road, Durham DH1 3LE, UK
Email: anna.k.grubert at durham.ac.uk<mailto:anna.k.grubert at durham.ac.uk>

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