Psychology Departmental Studentship funded by Channel 4

Durham University

We are amongst the Top 10 Psychology Departments in the UK with an outstanding academic staff highly rated for both teaching and research and provide a world-class research environment for postgraduate students. We are consistently ranked as one of the best Psychology departments for employability.

This studentship covers home/EU fees for doctoral study and provides a stipend of £14,296/year, for three years starting in January 2017. As this studentship is funded by Channel 4, its focus will be research relating to the cognitive neuroscience of televisual and advertising experience. The Studentship holder will therefore visit the Channel 4 offices in London to brief on the progress of the research at regular intervals.

Channel 4 is a publicly-owned, commercially-funded, not-for-profit public service broadcaster and has a remit to be innovative, experimental and distinctive. Its public ownership and not-for-profit status ensure all profit generated by its commercial activity is directly reinvested back into the delivery of its public service remit. As a publisher-broadcaster, Channel 4 is also required to commission UK content from the independent production sector and currently works with over 300 creative companies across the UK every year.

Through this unique business model Channel 4 invested £455m into the UK creative economy last year and consistently delivers younger, upmarket and generally hipper audiences than the average TV channel to the UK advertising ecosystem. In addition to the main Channel 4 service, its portfolio includes: E4, More4, Film4, 4Music, 4seven, and its on-demand channel, All 4.

Main responsibilities and functions:

-          To study for the award of a Ph.D.

-          To devise and steer the experimental envelope relating to the provision of the evidentiary basis of behavior with respect to television and advertising viewing.

Candidate profile

As the successful candidate, you will have a strong interest in studying for a doctoral degree within the department of Psychology and enjoy working in an applied manner. In addition you will have:

-          A minimum of a 2.1 or equivalent in a first degree in Psychology or related discipline (Essential).

-          A Master’s degree in Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience or related discipline (Essential).

-          A distinction in a Master’s degree in Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience or related discipline (Desirable).

-          High competence in IT skills (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.) (Essential).

-          Strong record-keeping skills (Essential).

-          Excellent interpersonal skills (Essential).

-          Excellent written and verbal communication skills (Essential).

-          Enthusiasm and motivation to be a performance-driven team player (Essential).

-          Experience with cognitive neurosciences techniques particularly eye movements and galvanic skin response (Desirable).

-          An enthusiasm for pursuing research at doctoral level (Essential).

Application method: Please apply with your CV, covering letter highlighting why you believe you are suitable for this role and two academic references. Please submit your application and supporting documents online to Mrs. Norma Twomey, Postgraduate Coordinator ( Submission deadline: 21st November 2016.

Interviews will take place week commencing December 5th. Shortlisted applications will be shared with representatives from Channel 4. Should you be invited for interview, you will be provided with a short task to complete prior to interview which you will present at interview.

Further questions about this role can be directed to Dr Amanda Ellison ( with queries regarding the admissions process directed to Mrs. Norma Twomey, Postgraduate Coordinator ( 

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