The Gillan Lab has funding available to support a 4-year PhD studentship at Trinity College Dublin to start in October 2018. The topic of the PhD thesis should show good alignment with the goals and expertise of the Gillan Lab, and in particular, computational psychiatry. We are occupied with questions relating to if/how specific abnormalities in fundamental cognitive processes (e.g. reinforcement learning, habit learning, flexible updating) produce disorders of brain health. In addition to fundamental work in this area, we are also interested in how these insights can be used to (i) identify at-risk individuals early, (ii) develop novel interventions or (iii) refine our definitions of psychiatric disorders and dimensions.
Methods available to researchers in the lab include EEG, MRI, eye-tracking, pupillometry, large-scale internet-based cognitive testing, passive smartphone monitoring, and working with clinical populations (including generalized and social anxiety, OCD, depression, ADHD, autism, mild cognitive impairment and early AD).
The student will receive an annual stipend (€16k) and have their fees covered for 4 years at Trinity College Dublin. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position has been filled.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
- BA/BSc in Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science or a related field
- Experience in quantitative data analysis
- Experience conducting research with human subjects
- Excellent English writing skills
Non-Essential, Desirable Skills
- MA/MSc in Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science or a related field
- Computational modeling
- MRI or EEG analysis
- Clinical experience
- Experimental Design
Applicants should first email a cover letter to Claire stating why they are interested in the post along with their CV, university transcripts and the contact details of at least 2 references. If invited, applicants will then be asked to submit a 2-page research proposal and their academic transcripts.