Psychology PhD Studentship (Fee waiver and Bursary)

Anglia Ruskin University - Faculty of Science and Technology

Fixed term contract for 3 years, commencing 16th January 2018

Bursary of £16,000 per annum and a full fee-waiver for UK/EU tuition fees.

Closing Date: 24th October 2017

About Anglia Ruskin University:

Anglia Ruskin is a vibrant workplace and our University is gaining prominence both nationally and internationally. We have ambitious plans for the future and we are determined that our students and staff will realise their full potential. Our main campuses in the cities of Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough have been transformed with major capital investment. With an annual turnover of over £200m, we are a major force for higher education and one of the largest universities in the East of England.

About the role:

As part of this PhD studentship, you will have the opportunity to investigate relationships between interoception and body image. Specific goals of this project will be to test the nature and strength of relationships between interoception and body image in non-clinical samples.

In particular, the project aims to examine relationships between multiple measures of interoceptions and multiple dimensions of body image, drawing on literature documenting a divergence between negative and positive body image. A further important element of this project consists of an investigation of the cross-cultural reliability of established relationships between interoception and body image, and you will have the opportunity to conduct primary research in Malaysia (see below). Finally, there will be an opportunity to develop interventions designed to promote more positive body image based on knowledge of interoception.

Applications from a wide range of disciplines are welcomed, including psychology, medicine, physiology, or other life sciences. Previous experience in quantitative research methods is essential. Candidates will have access to a wide range of cutting edge facilities at Anglia Ruskin University and the Centre for Psychological Medicine at Perdana University in Malaysia.

The successful applicant will benefit from strong supervisory and peer support. This project sits within the Identity and Social Issues, Body and Self, and Emotion and Well-Being Research Areas in the Department of Psychology. The supervisory team will include Prof Viren Swami (Anglia Ruskin University), who offers expertise in body image; Dr Jane Aspell (Anglia Ruskin University), who offers expertise in interoception and Dr David Barron (Perdana University), who offers expertise in quantitative research methods.

To apply, please complete the application form available from the following website:

Please ensure the reference 'Department of Psychology Studentship: An Investigation of the link between body image and interoception’ is clearly stated on page 4 of the application form, under the title ‘Outline of your proposed research’. Within this section, applicants must include a 500 word outline of the proposed research in relation to the research title.

Your application must also include your CV and a covering letter addressing your suitability for the position and the project.

Interested applicants should direct initial queries about the project to the principle supervisor, Prof Viren Swami, Professor of Social Psychology, via email: For enquiries regarding the process and eligibility please contact

Please see the attached document for more information on how to apply.

Interview date: Week beginning 13th November 2017.

An Investigation of the link between body image and interoception.

We value diversity at Anglia Ruskin University and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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