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Assessing the lifelong impact of binge-drinking behaviour and Memory Blackouts

   Faculty of Natural Sciences

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  Dr Benjamin Dering  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Applications are invited for a funded full-time PhD studentship to work on the topic of Memory Blackouts caused by binge drinking alcohol working with Dr Benjamin Dering. The project aims to assess the lifelong impact of binge drinking behaviour on cognition using a number of behavioural and neuroimaging assays. The student will also be working in collaboration with One Year No Beer (OYNB), who are match funding the project, a company promoting alcohol abstinence and lifestyle change ( One of the aims of the project will be to produce a number of experiments that can be delivered to the OYNB membership online and completed quickly, giving potential to sample from a participants around the world. Further, laboratory based testing at Stirling will employ the use of Electroencephalography (EEG) experiments designed to study the impact of memory blackouts on cognition.

Application Requirements:
• Eligible applicants should hold a 1st or 2.1 Bachelor degree in Psychology or a related discipline. A relevant MSc qualification is desirable.
• Relevant research experience (e.g. using EEG) is highly desirable.
• Programming experience (e.g., R, MATLAB, E-Prime) or a strong motivation to develop such expertise, is desirable.

To apply please include:
(i) One A4 page covering letter outlining (1) your suitability for the position and (2) potential ideas for studies you would conduct as part of the project.
(ii) Academic CV with two academic references.

Informal enquiries to Benjamin Dering, [Email Address Removed] Tel: +44 (0) 1786 467655. Interviews will be conducted during the week beginning 2nd September 2019.

Please apply online via:

The studentship will have an anticipated registration date of 1st October 2019. Deadlines for applications: 17th August 2019.

Funding Notes

The studentship is available for three-years, and includes a tax-free stipend of approximately £15,009 p.a. Tuition fees will be met by the University at the home/EU rate. Subject to satisfactory progress review at the end of the first year, the studentship will be renewed for a second year and thereafter for a third year.
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