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4-year PhD studentships in Behaviour Informatics and the multimodal study of behaviour

4-year PhD studentships in Behaviour Informatics and the multimodal study of behaviour

Newcastle University is offering five, 4-year PhD studentships in the field of behaviour informatics.

Behaviour informatics brings together the study of behaviour in all its guises, from economics to psychology and from behavioural ecology to animal welfare, with new methods from computational science and engineering to address challenging questions in human and/or animal behaviour.

4-year PhD studentships in Behaviour Informatics and the multimodal study of behaviour

We want to attract students with backgrounds relevant to EITHER behaviour (life, social sciences and economics) OR informatics (computing science, engineering and mathematics) who are keen to expand their skills and pursue research at the intersection of these disciplines.

Students recruited in 2020 will form the third cohort of an integrated programme funded by the Leverhulme Trust to develop training in behaviour informatics at Newcastle. The programme is student-led: in the first year, all students will conduct three taster projects that will give them the opportunity to choose and develop their final PhD project. All students will work with two supervisors, one from each discipline. The four-year program is designed to allow time for the upskill training necessary for successful inter-disciplinary research.

We are proud to be an equal opportunities organization and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership.

4-year PhD studentships in Behaviour Informatics and the multimodal study of behaviour

Value of award: Individual studentship covers full UK/EU fee and £14 ,777 stipend per annum for 2019/20 for four years. Total value of the project is £1.05 million.

Start date and duration: September 2020 for 4 years

Application closing date: 26 January 2020

Sponsor: The Leverhulme Trust

Name of supervisor(s): Supervisors will be allocated in year 2 of study from a pool of over 30 top academics. One supervisor will have an informatics background, one will have a behaviour background.

Eligibility Criteria: Students should have a minimum 2.1 (or equivalent) in an undergraduate degree in either informatics or behaviour. This would include, but are not limited to: Animal or Human Behaviour Sciences, Computing, Economics, Engineering, Finance, Linguistics, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Statistics, and Zoology. If your discipline is not listed please email for guidance. A Master’s degree and research experience, particularly cross –disciplinary research experience, are desirable. Students from outside UK or EU are welcome to apply but would need to be able to cover overseas fees.

How to apply: Details of how to apply can be found at

You will need to complete an online form and identify two people to provide references for you using an online form.

Contact: [email protected]

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