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PhD Studentship: Psychology Doctoral Research Studentship - Neural Mechanisms Underlying Adaptive and Maladaptive Adolescent Anxiety and Behaviour (2023)

University of Sussex

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Falmer
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £17,668 pa
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 25th November 2022
Closes: 16th January 2023

This Project will be supervised by Dr Liat Levita.

Adolescence is associated with high levels of anxiety. Abnormal approach and avoidance behaviours are typical in people suffering high levels of anxiety and anxiety disorders. However, how they manifest themselves during adolescence is less well explored. Moreover, adults and adolescents respond to threat differently, e.g., in the way they learn to predict danger and learn that something is safe. This PhD project will examine what are normative/adaptive approach & avoidance responses versus pathological ones (i.e., ones that can lead to or are a symptom of a mental health issue, such as anxiety) in adolescents, by using behavioural, psychophysiological (heart rate and SCR), endocrine (e.g., cortisol) and brain imaging (EEG) measures.  This project will suit a candidate with an interest in adolescent development and mental health, with a background in psychology/neuroscience with some programming and brain imaging experience.  

Doctoral Tutor role

  • You’ll be expected to take up Doctoral Tutoring during your 6 semesters (3 years) of funding. This work is paid at Grade 5.1 (currently £13.88 p/h), and covers contact time, preparation and marking. You’ll be expected to work approximately 165 hours per year, dependent on modules selected/availability.
  • Doctoral Tutors will be encouraged to study for a formal teaching accreditation (Associate of the Higher Education Academy), including enrolling on a ‘starting to teach’ module in the first term. Candidates who demonstrate interest in and suitability for the Doctoral Tutor role will be preferred.  

Eligibility

  • This award will pay fees at the Home or International rate (as required by the applicant's fee status). International students must move to Sussex for the duration of the PhD and will not be permitted to register as Distance Learners. The studentship doesn’t include additional funding towards the costs of visas or travel to the UK for international students
  • Candidates must have, or expect to obtain, a First or a high Upper Second Class Honours undergraduate degree, or equivalent qualification, and/or a Merit (an average of 60% overall) in a Master’s degree in Psychology or other relevant discipline (e.g. Neuroscience, Engineering).
  • The University of Sussex believes that the diversity of its staff and student community is fundamental to creative thinking, pedagogic innovation, intellectual challenge, and the interdisciplinary approach to research and learning. We celebrate and promote diversity, equality and inclusion amongst our staff and students; we welcome applications from all, regardless of personal characteristics or background. 

How to apply

Timetable

  • Deadline: Monday 16 January 2023 (23:59 GMT)
  • Interviews (on Zoom): February 2023
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