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ESRC DTP Knowledge Exchange Studentship: Identifying Factors Underlying Resilience to Age-Related Cognitive Decline

Applications are invited for a University of Cambridge ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership PhD studentship, in collaboration with Aviva, starting in October 2020 at the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge.

The successful candidate will conduct research under the supervision of Prof Jon Simons in the Cambridge Memory Laboratory ( The project will investigate whether lifestyle activities undertaken in middle age might predict resilience to age-related cognitive decline. PhD students will have the opportunity to gain experience in a range of interdisciplinary cognitive neuroscience methods used in the Memory Laboratory including behavioural studies and computational modelling, functional and structural neuroimaging (fMRI/sMRI), electrophysiology (EEG/MEG), and brain stimulation (TMS/tDCS). Students will be provided with extensive training in research methods and techniques, and will be a member of the Cambridge Graduate Programme in Cognitive and Brain Sciences which includes regular theoretical seminars and courses.

Eligibility and Funding:

Candidates should have a first or upper second class degree in psychology, neuroscience or in another related subject (e.g., engineering, computer science, Mathematics, philosophy) 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.

To apply please:

Complete the application form via the Applicant Portal by 3 December 2019. The course code is BLPC22 (PhD in Psychology).

With your 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, and briefly detailing a possible experiment design that addresses the primary research question specified above. (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' to the subject line of your email.

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

Informal enquiries about the project may be made to Professor Jon Simons (

Please note the closing date for applications is 3 December 2019 . Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please quote reference PJ21383 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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