[Face-research-list] A fully funded PhD: Top-down effects of mental state on face perception

Daniel.Gill Daniel.Gill at winchester.ac.uk
Thu Mar 14 10:54:44 GMT 2019

A PhD Studentship
University of Winchester

Top-down effects of mental state on face perception

A fully funded PhD Studentship (stipend + fees) opportunity of at the University of Winchester, UK.
The position is open to both UK/EU and international students*.

Applications are invited for a 3-year, fully funded PhD position under the supervision of Dr. Daniel Gill and Prof. Paul Sowden from the Department of Psychology, and Dr. Claire Ancient from the Department of Digital Futures.
Our team is seeking a talented, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and highly motivated PhD student to take part in an exciting study that combines clinical, behavioural and computational research techniques to study the effect of mental state on face perception.
Research implies that the process of attending to emotionally expressive faces is susceptible to mood and mental state. The current project will investigate the explicit modifications of facial mental representations induced by mental states, in particular in depression and anxiety. The project will involve psychophysical and computational tools.
The successful applicant will contribute to performing recordings with patients in collaborating clinics and the analysis of the data. They should have very good quantitative and computational skills and a strong background or interest in neuroscience and/or psychology.

 - A track record of high academic achievement, demonstrated by a first class or high upper second undergraduate honours degree and/or a master’s degree (or equivalent) in Neuroscience, Computer Science, Electric or Biomedical Engineering, Psychology, Statistics or related disciplines.
- Two academic references.
- The ability to work independently, with the support of a supervisory team, and the enthusiasm to contribute to a vibrant and stimulating research environment are essential.
- Programming skills (Matlab or Python).
- Familiarity with machine learning and image processing techniques.
- Fluency in English

Prior to the submission of the formal application, prospective students are encouraged to contact Dr. Gill (daniel.gill at winchester.ac.uk) or Prof. Sowden (paul.sowden at winchester.ac.uk) by email no later than May 10th, 2017 for further instructions and informal enquiries (This is optional; applications can be submitted directly to the link in the Application Process section).

The University of Winchester in located at the stunning city of Winchester, one of the most beautiful cities in the UK. Winchester in less than an hour by train to London Waterloo train station.

Application Process:
Students should apply to the University of Winchester using Application Form A which includes a substantial project proposal. To download a copy of Form A please click the following link:


Key Dates:

·         Deadline for applications: Midnight 19 May 2019

·         References direct from referees** required by 29 May 2019

·         Interviews will be held between 24 June and 29 June 2019

·         Awards begin September 2019

*nb Non-EU students are required to pay the balance between UK and non-EU tuition fees for the three years of the studentship (for 19/20: £13,300- £4,200= £9,100/annum)

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