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PhD Studentship in Psychology: applying lab-based findings to the real world, in particular to consumer behaviour (fully funded)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, July 06, 2018
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Applications are invited for a three-year fully funded PhD studentship for a project examining curiosity and decision making. The project will focus on applying lab-based findings to the real world, in particular to consumer behaviour. This is an interdisciplinary project which provides the successful candidate with an excellent opportunity to learn a variety of methodologies (e.g., psychological experiments, online experiments, diary methods, physiological assessments) and advanced statistical skills. Applicants who are interested in cognitive psychology, social psychology, and applied psychology (e.g., consumer psychology) are encouraged to apply. The project is funded by a prestigious Leverhulme Trust Research Leadership Award to the supervisor, and the successful candidate will be part of the Motivation Science Lab in the University of Reading (PI: Kou Murayama; http://koumurayama.com/; see also http://www.apa.org/monitor/2017/12/curiosity.aspx). Housed in state-of-the-art facilities, the School of Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences has been a leading centre for research in the UK and beyond. The School was ranked in the top 20 (15th) in the UK within its unit of assessment in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework based on research power. The successful candidate will join a thriving postgraduate research community of more than 80 PhD students who benefit from excellent support and resources from the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences (https://www.reading.ac.uk/pcls/).

Candidates should have a first or strong 2.1 degree in psychology or neuroscience and a distinction or high Merit in a relevant Masters qualification would be advantageous. The candidate should have a demonstrable interest in the topic and strong written and oral communication skills. In addition, advanced knowledge about statistical analysis and experimental programming skills would be advantageous.

Please submit an application for a PhD in Psychology at http://www.reading.ac.uk/graduateschool/prospectivestudents/gs-how-to-apply.aspx. and email a copy of your CV to . Interviews are expected to take place in July, 2018.

When you are asked to describe your research proposal, please describe how your skills and interest would fit with the current project (details can be obtained from ). In addition, when you submit an application online with the link above, please also send your CV to .

Funding Notes

- Start date Fall 2018, but this can be delayed.
- The award is for 3 years
- The studentship covers the full cost of UK tuition fees, plus a maintenance stipend in line with the standard RCUK rates (provisional £14,777 pa), for Home/EU students. Research costs (e.g., payment for participants, conference and workshop attendance) will also be covered by the Leverhulme Trust Research Leadership Award. International candidates can apply but would need to self-fund the difference between the fee rates.

Please quote the reference ‘GS18-088’ in the ‘Scholarships applied for’ box in the Funding Section of your on-line application.



How good is research at University of Reading in Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 40.15

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