PhD Studentship: Future Defence Related Complex Cognitive Skills Retention

Updated: 7 months ago
Location: Cranfield, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 07 Jun 2023

This PhD project is funded by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). The main purpose of this PhD is to conduct experimentation to investigate: i) the retention of future-focused complex cognitive skills that are applicable to the Defence context; and ii) whether task mental model acquisition improves complex cognitive skills retention.

Entry requirements : Applicants should have the following:

A relevant research-intensive Master’s degree with a strong background in experimental design and statistical analysis (e.g. Cognitive Psychology, Research Methods in Psychology, Cognitive Ergonomics, Applied Psychology, Cognitive Science, Educational Psychology).

A 1st class or 2.1 UK honours degree (or equivalent from an overseas university) in Psychology or a closely related relevant discipline.

Experience in working with online experiment builder research tools (e.g., Gorilla - ) or coding for novel experimental task environment design.

How to apply

For information about applications please contact:

Is a CV or coversheet required also? Please send a single document (PDF or MS Word) containing a cover letter detailing your interest in and suitability for the studentship and a full academic CV.

Supervisors – Dr Marie Cahillane (primary supervisor) Dr Victoria Smy (associate supervisor)

Being part of Cranfield’s Researcher Network

Research students at Cranfield benefit from being part of a dynamic, focused and professional study environment. All PhD candidates become valued members of the Cranfield Doctoral Network which brings together both research students and staff and provides a platform for our researchers to share ideas, identify opportunities for collaboration and create smaller communities of practice.  It aims to encourage an effective and vibrant research culture, founded upon the diversity of activities and knowledge. A tailored programme of seminars and events alongside our Doctoral Researchers Core Development Programme (transferable skills training), provide those studying for a research degree with a wealth of social and networking opportunities.

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