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PhD studentship available for new European Research Council project on inter-personal synchrony during early learning

European Research Council

About the Project

A fully funded PhD position is available starting in Jan or Sept 2021, working on a new European Research Council project on interpersonal neural and physiological synchrony in early attention and learning. The project will involve designing, recording and analysing data to study naturalistic parent-infant interactions and changing influences of the external ambient environment using cutting-edge new techniques including dual EEG, miniaturised microphones/cameras and wearable autonomic monitors. The position will involve developing excellent communication and teamwork skills, administering state-of-the-art multivariate and naturalistic data collection techniques with infants and parents, and learning advanced computational skills to analyse the complex, multidimensional data collected.

The PhD position will be mainly supervised by Dr Sam Wass and based at BabyDevLab ( at the University of East London, which is a leading research centre that currently hosts other projects funded by the Leverhulme Trust, Economic and Social Research Council and Horizon 2020 that use similar approaches to studying naturalistic early learning interactions. Co-supervisors will be Professor Emily Jones, at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development in London, Dr Victoria Leong, at Cambridge University and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and Dr Louise Goupil.

The funding covers full tuition fees (for UK/EU students) and a living stipend for three years. We are able to cover tuition fees for international students only in exceptional circumstances, for students who are outstandingly suitable.

Please see for more information. The closing date for applications is 16th November. For details of how to apply, and for any questions, please contact Dr Sam Wass on .

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