PhD Studentship in Social/ Cognitive Neuroscience & Social Robotics

Bangor University - School of Psychology

Fully funded 3 year PhD studentship

Prof. Emily S. Cross

Applications are invited for a three-year fully funded PhD studentship under the supervision of Prof. Emily S. Cross within the School of Psychology, Bangor University. The student will be a member of the School’s thriving Social Neuroscience research group & can commence any time between March – October, 2018. This studentships is funded by the ERC Starting Grant ‘Social Robots’, awarded to Prof. Cross, which runs between 2016 -2021. This appointment will remain open until filled by a suitable candidate.

Bangor University and the Psychology department have a number of key facts that give an insight into life here:

  • Top 20 for Research – CUG 2018 & REF 2014
  • One of the largest, most cosmopolitan Psychology Depts. in the UK
  • Gold Award (only one in Wales) - 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework
  • Top 10 for ‘Student Satisfaction’ – NSS 2017
  • Affordable living costs in a beautiful, safe location with good transport links


The broad aim of the ‘Social Robots’ project is to explore the brain and behavioural mechanisms underpinning experience-dependent plasticity during human-robot interactions. The advertised PhD projects may involve fMRI, TMS, EMG or fNIRS with healthy young adult, older adult, or child populations, as well as longitudinal training interventions with sophisticated humanoid robots. The individual PhD projects are flexible depending on candidates’ interest and expertise, but should broadly relate to how long-term experience with artificial agents shapes social perception and interaction.

Requirements: Applicants are expected to have a first class degree in experimental psychology or neuroscience and a relevant Masters qualification (if European-based), and/or a strong GPA from a 4 year undergraduate degree with some research experience (if North American/Australasian-based). Experience with human neuroscience techniques (fMRI, TMS, EEG) and programming skills (e.g. Matlab) are desirable, especially if interested in pursuing fMRI-based studies during the PhD. 

Further information: Please visit the Social Brain in Action Laboratory ( for more information about the lab, as well as links to publications. More specific information about the Social Robots project can be found at Informal enquiries should be directed to

Residency requirements: This studentship is open to UK, EU and 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 one of these PhD positions, and a 3-5 page research proposal covering a topic relevant to the laboratory’s research in this domain. Applications that do not include all three of these elements will not be evaluated.

General information: 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.

General enquiries: For administrative advice about how to apply and eligibility, please contact Everil McQuarrie:   

The online application form is available here:

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