Fully Funded PhD Studentship: Behavioural, Brain Stimulation and Imaging Investigations of Conceptual Processing

Bangor University - School of Psychology

Applications are invited for a three-year fully funded PhD studentship under the supervision of Dr. Richard J. Binney within the School of Psychology, Bangor University. The student will be a member of the School's thriving and highly collaborative Social Neuroscience and Language, Bilingualism, Cognitive Development research groups. The studentship can commence any time between May and October 2018.

Bangor’s School of Psychology was established in 1963 and is currently ranked in the UK’s top 20 for research activity (2014 Research Excellence Framework assessment) & Complete University Guide 2018.

Bangor is a friendly and affordable university coastal city near Snowdonia and with good transport links to some of the U.K.’s larger cities, including Manchester and London.


Richard Binney’s laboratory is broadly interested in semantic cognition, which refers to our ability to acquire and use knowledge that brings meaning to our environment and the other people within it. Their research operates under a theoretical framework that views conceptual processing as central to all human behavior and as emerging from complex interactions between multiple higher-level cognitive, language and perceptual systems. At present, we primarily study younger adult and older adult populations using classical behavioral testing methods, as well as functional brain imaging (fMRI) and non-invasive brain stimulation techniques (TMS/tDCS).

The studentship may involve training in experimental psychology, fMRI and/or TMS. The project is flexible depending on the candidate’s interests and expertise, but should broadly relate to the laboratory’s core interests in semantic cognition, language and other aspects of social behaviour. Please visit the laboratory’s website (https://sites.google.com/view/richardjbinney) for more information on our research activities, as well as links to publications or email r.binney@bangor.ac.uk.


Applicants are expected to have a first class or good upper second-class undergraduate degree in experimental psychology, neuroscience or a cognate subject, plus they should have or expect to obtain a relevant Masters-level qualification. Experience with human neuroscience techniques (particularly fMRI and/or TMS) and programming skills (e.g., in Matlab) are highly desirable.

Residency requirements

This studentship is primarily aimed at UK and EU students. However, those who are interested, but are from outside of the UK/EU, should contact Dr. Binney to discuss the conditions for the funding of international students.

Application requirements

All applications submitted on Bangor’s online system must include a current CV, a 1-page cover letter explaining their motivation to apply for the PhD position, and a 3-5 page (12pt font; double line spacing) project proposal covering a topic relevant to the laboratory’s ongoing research. Applications that do not include all three of these elements will not be evaluated. The online application form is available here https://apps.bangor.ac.uk/applicant/.

General information

All PhD students are expected to contribute to teaching in the department. The initial appointment for the position will be for a period of one year, with an extension of 2 years after positive evaluation of capabilities and compatibility. The appointment must lead to the completion of a PhD thesis.

General enquiries

For administrative advice about how to apply and eligibility, please contact Everil McQuarrie: e.mcquarrie@bangor.ac.uk

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