UK: Wellcome Trust PhD Studentship

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PhD Studentship (2008-2011)
 
The Computations Mediating Perceptual Decisions
 
Applications are invited for a Wellcome Trust funded PhD Studentship to work on a project investigating the neural computations mediating human perceptual decision making.  The project will seek to establish the computational principles that underpin how the brain uses incoming visual information to make perceptual decisions and guide movements.  This project will involve a range of investigative techniques including psychophysical (behavioural) testing, computational modelling and extracellular neurophysiology.  These experiments will be conducted in collaboration with the laboratory of Professor Greg DeAngelis (University of Rochester).  This post represents a unique training opportunity for an individual with an interest in sensory science and decision making.
 
The School of Psychology at the University of Nottingham has a thriving Visual Neuroscience Group, with six Faculty members and a large cohort of postdoctoral fellows and PhD students.  The group has a diverse range of interests in human vision, learning, and decision making, is supported by excellent laboratory and research facilities, and is firmly committed to the development of early stage career researchers.
 
Students should hold an undergraduate (honours) degree (upper 2nd or 1st class) and, preferably, a Masters degree in a relevant field such as psychology, optometry, neuroscience, physiology, computer science or a related discipline.  A highly motivated individual is required with an interest in visual perception and decision making.  They should have good computing, mathematical and technical skills.
 
Funding will be for three years from January 2009 and will cover both HEU fees (due to funding restrictions) and maintenance (stipend to be £21,000 per annum).  The successful student will be expected start no later than 5 January 2009.
 
Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Ben Webb, Email: bsw@psychology.nottingham.ac.uk.  Further details about the School of Psychology are available at: http://www.psychology.nottignham.ac.uk.
 
Applications (preferably by Email) with a detailed CV, the names and addresses of three referees, and a covering letter outlining why they are applying for the studentship, should be sent to Dr B S Webb, School of Psychology, The University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD.  Please quote ref. SCI/492.  Closing date: 26 September 2008.
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