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ESRC Knowledge Exchange Studentship (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a 3-year ESRC Targeted PhD studentship in the area of Human Learning starting in October 2019 at the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge. The successful candidate will conduct research under the supervision of Prof Zoe Kourtzi at the Adaptive Brain Lab (

The project aims to understand how humans of all ages translate sensory experience into complex decisions and adaptive behaviours by taking into account previous experience and learning. We address this challenge using an interdisciplinary approach that combines behavioural testing, brain imaging and computational modelling. We apply these techniques to study the young and ageing brain and understand the factors (genetics, cognitive, environmental) that mediate adaptive behaviours across the lifespan. Our team works with computer scientists and industrial partners that develop online tests and mobile apps to translate our research to user-friendly tools that can be used to assess and promote individual learning ability at large-scale populations

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Eligibility and Funding:

Candidates should have a first or upper second class degree in psychology, neuroscience, computer science, engineering, physics or mathematics and meet the University of Cambridge entrance requirements - see:

All applicants must meet the ESRC funding eligibility requirements outlined at:

UK and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements will be eligible for a full studentship, which includes University and College fees as well as an annual stipend at UK Research Council rates (TBC). Students from EU countries who do not meet the residency requirements may still be eligible for a fees-only award.

Candidates from Overseas are not eligible for this studentship and should not apply.

Informal enquiries about the project may be made to Professor Zoe Kourtzi (

Application process:

To apply please:

Complete the University GRADSAF application form by 5 December 2018. The course code is BLPC22 (PhD in Psychology).

With your GRADSAF application you will be required to submit (i) a draft research proposal outlining your suitability, why you are interested in pursuing a PhD in this area, your background and research interests. (ii) your CV stating your citizenship and years of residence in the UK (iii) copies of your academic transcripts (iv) details of two academic referees.

Please inform Mrs Dawn Ellis ( when you have made an application, please add 'ESRC Knowledge Exchange Studentship: Human Learning and brain plasticity' to the subject line of your e-mail.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview within two weeks from the application deadline.

Please quote reference PJ17155 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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