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From Kou Murayama:

Applications are invited for a three-year fully funded SEDTC-CASE PhD studentship for a project examining the social contagion of motivation between adolescent peers through their social (friendship) networks at schools, supervised by Kou Murayama and Patricia Riddell (University of Reading). This is an interdisciplinary project combining developmental/educational psychology, network science, and neuroimaging; thus, the studentship will provide the student with great training opportunities to acquire these multidisciplinary research skills and knowledge.

The studentship is partially funded by Queen Anne’s School, our local collaborative partner, and thus the student will also have the valuable experience of collaborating with the school, learning how the knowledge gained through academic research is translated in a school environment. Applicants who are interested in developmental  / educational / social psychology, developmental / social neuroscience, and/or multivariate statistical analysis are encouraged to apply.

The project will be supported by the Motivation Laboratory in the University of Reading (PI: Kou Murayama; http://koumurayama.com/), which conducts a number of cutting edge studies on human motivation with various research methodologies.

Staff in the Motivation Lab has published a number of high impact papers in internationally renowned academic journals and many of these have attracted media attention.

Housed in state-of-the-art facilities (including fMRI), the School has established itself as a leading centre for research in the UK and beyond. The School of Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences 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/or experience with fMRI techniques would be advantageous.

Candidates may not be eligible for the full award if they do not meet UK residency requirements. For full details of eligibility, please check the ESRC’s guidelines http://www.esrc.ac.uk/skills-and-careers/studentships/prospective-students/am-i-eligible-for-an-esrc-studentship/.

 Funding Details:  

 * Start date September/October 2016

* The award is for 3 years

* The studentship covers the full cost of UK tuition fees, plus a maintenance stipend in line with RCUK rates (provisional 14,254 for full time award holders in 2016/2017) per annum, for EU/UK students who fulfil the UK residency requirements (see above).

 How to apply:  

 Please submit an application for a PhD in Psychology/Clinical Language Sciences at http://www.reading.ac.uk/graduateschool/prospectivestudents/gs-how-to-apply.aspx.

 *Important note* Please quote the reference ‘GS16-009’  in the ‘Scholarships applied for’ box which appears within the Funding Section of your on-line application.

Application Deadline:  January 25, 2016

Further information on the position can be obtained by emailing Dr. Kou Murayama ([log in to unmask]). Advice on applying for this studentship can also be obtained by emailing [log in to unmask].

* This post is also advertised at Jobs.ac.uk



Tom A.B. Snijders
Professor of Statistics and Methodology, Dept of Sociology, University of Groningen
Emeritus Fellow, Nuffield College, University of Oxford
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