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Neuromuscular electric stimulation and social cognition

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, December 08, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Our Department of Psychology at the University of Essex has a new opportunity available for a PhD student to join us on our project entitled ‘Neuromuscular electric stimulation and social cognition’.

In this multidisciplinary project, which is relevant to multisensory integration and theories of embodied cognition, the effects of facial somatosensory input on emotion recognition will be investigated using neuromuscular electric stimulation and EEG.

The PhD position is fully funded for three years at the University of Essex under supervision of Dr Sebastian Korb (https://sebkorb.wordpress.com/). A competitive salary is provided based on the National Minimum Doctoral Stipend (https://www.ukri.org/skills/funding-for-research-training).

You should have completed a Masters degree in cognitive or social psychology/neuroscience, ideally with a focus on emotion and/or face perception, and should have previous experience in conducting experimental research. Applicants from other disciplines (eg biomedical engineering), who wish to pursue a PhD Psychology degree, will also be considered.

You should have experience with electrophysiology (eg EMG, EEG) and have good statistical and programming skills in Matlab, R, and/or Python (or a high motivation to acquire these skills). You should have excellent writing and communication skills in English, and feel confident to work both individually and in a team. Most importantly, you should be interested in developing new technical tools to study fundamental questions at the intersection of social psychology and psychophysiology.

You’ll benefit from a thriving research environment at Essex. Our Department of Psychology (http://www.essex.ac.uk/departments/psychology) offers exceptional research facilities and is ranked among the top 250 psychology departments in the QS World University Rankings by Subject (2019).

How to apply


Applications should include a personal statement explaining why you want to be part of this project (single A4 page), an academic CV, and the names and email addresses of two scholars familiar with your previous work that can provide a reference. To apply, please send all of this information as one single PDF to .

You’ll also need to complete a PhD application online (https://www.essex.ac.uk/postgraduate-research-degrees/applying-to-essex), using the following details:

• For "Course title" please put "PhD Psychology"
• For "Proposed research topic or area of research" please put the title of this studentship (SK01: Neuromuscular electric stimulation and social cognition)
• For "If you have contacted a potential supervisor..." please put the name of the lead supervisor (Dr Sebastian Korb)

The application deadline for this fully-funded PhD position is 8 December 2019. The preferred starting date is 13 January 2020 but can be negotiated.

For informal inquiries, get in touch.
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