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Fully-Funded PhD Position: Risk, Uncertainty, and Reward Experiences

Bangor University - School of Psychology

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bangor
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Tax-free stipend of approximately £15,009 per annum plus tuition fees and a research allowance of £750 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 16th December 2019
Closes: 1st March 2020

Applications are invited for a 3-year PhD studentship funded by the School of Psychology at Bangor University. The position will start in October 2020.

Supervisors: Robert Rogers; John Parkinson; Paul Downing

Project rationale and description: This project focuses on the effects of various kinds of uncertainty on peoples’ reward-seeking behaviours, with a focus on the consumption of alcohol, gambling products and services, food and drugs. Learning more about the situational, social and psychological factors that promote unhealthy consumption could help us to develop better ways to help affected individuals. The project will use experimental (lab-based as well as online) and survey methods, and will suit someone with interests in cognition, behavioural economics, consumer behaviours, and social factors in health. 

Facilities: The project is part of ongoing collaboration between in Rogers, Parkinson and Downing labs in the School of Psychology at Bangor University. The School offers access to outstanding research facilities and environment to support cognitive neuroscience, experimental, social and health psychology. Bangor is situated in a beautiful region of North Wales close to Snowdonia National Park, which provides a wonderful natural backdrop to professional life.

Requirements: The successful applicant will have a master’s degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. cognitive psychology and neuroscience, consumer psychology). A strong work ethic and genuine enthusiasm for research and a willingness to work with statistics are essential, as is the ability to work both independently and cooperatively. Programming skills will be beneficial.

General information: PhD students are expected to contribute to teaching in the School.

Further information: In the first instance please contact Dr Robert Rogers ( Please include your CV and brief summary of your research interests.

General enquiries: For general advice about how to apply and eligibility please contact

Apply Now: The online application form is available here

Bangor Doctoral School website:

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