Australia: PhD Scholarship in Motion Perception

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HSCI: Department of Psychology MQRES PhD Scholarships

Closing Date: 30 June 2009

Speed Illusions Caused by Variations of Object Contrast

A Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) is available in the Department of Psychology for a PhD investigating “Speed illusions caused by variations of object contrast” in association with an Australian Research Council-funded research project. The successful candidate will join a research team investigating the visual processing of motion information using psychophysical techniques in the beautiful city of Sydney, Australia.

MQRES scholarships are available to domestic or international students. Candidates should have (or be about to attain) research qualifications equivalent to an Australian undergraduate degree with first class honours in Experimental Psychology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, or a similar discipline. Applications will also be considered from a discipline such as Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics or similar if the applicant has a strong interest in the scientific study of human visual perception. Those with experience in psychophysical methodology and computer programming are particularly encouraged to apply.

The scholarship pays a living allowance, currently $20,427 per annum, tax exempt (2009), and the tenure is a maximum 3.5 years full time, subject to satisfactory progress. Tuition fees will be funded for the scholarship tenure. Additional support for projects and travel will be available from the Faculty/Department.

For further information and discussion regarding the project, applicants are encouraged to contact the supervisor, Dr Kevin Brooks; email .

Application forms and MQRES award conditions are available from the Higher Degree Research Office: telephone +61-2- 9850 7987,  e-mail:,  or from our website:

Applications should be forwarded to:

The Scholarship Officer
The Research Hub
Level 3, C5C East
Macquarie University NSW 2109

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