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PhD Studentship: Using Psychology to Boost Performance in Critical Search Scenarios

University of Surrey - Psychology

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Guildford
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Generous top up on the standard stipend £25,000 for 2024-25. Tuition fees are covered
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 11th June 2024
Closes: 1st July 2024
Reference: PGR-2324-103

In critical search scenarios, such as security, surveillance or rescue, providing effective feedback to operators is essential but challenging. This is especially true when there is uncertainty about whether or not there is any target to be found. As a concrete example: how thoroughly should an airport security operator search a bag when the chances are there is nothing in it to be found? This PhD project aims to develop novel feedback systems to enhance operator performance and motivation in such high-stakes environments. 

The project will explore several key objectives:

  1. analyse existing strategies used by expert operators to decide when to cease a search;
  2. conduct experimental research investigating factors that influence these decisions using both physical and virtual search environments;
  3. develop and test innovative human-machine teaming tools that aid operators in making optimal search termination decisions.

Your research will have potential applications in areas such as airport security, surveillance, air-sea rescue, and hidden device detection. This project is ideal for candidates with a strong background or interest in cognitive psychology, human factors, decision-making processes, and their application to real-world environments.

Join us to make a significant impact on enhancing the effectiveness and reliability of critical search operations.

Supervisors: Dr Adrian Banks

Entry requirements

Open to candidates who pay UK/home rate fees. See UKCISA for further information.

Starting in October 2024.

Later dates are possible, please contact Dr Adrian Banks once the deadline has passed.

You will need to meet the minimum entry requirements for our PhD programme.

Applicants for PhDs in Psychology are expected to hold a minimum of an upper second-class honours degree (65 per cent or above) in psychology (or a related discipline) and a master’s degree in a relevant subject with a pass of 65 per cent or above. Previous experience in behavioural experimental research will be advantageous.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted via the Psychology PhD programme page.

In place of a research proposal, you should upload a document stating the title of the project that you wish to apply for and the name of the relevant supervisor.

Funding

Fully and directly funded for this project only.

Generous top up on the standard stipend £25,000 for 2024-25.

Tuition fees are covered. Funding is for 3.5 years.

Application deadline: 1 July 2024

Enquiries: Contact Dr Adrian Banks

Ref: PGR-2324-103

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