PhD Scholarship - Language and Implicit Bias, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Ireland

We are advertising a fully-funded PhD scholarship (including stipend and covering university fees) to work with us on a project funded by Science Foundation Ireland to investigate the role of language in the development of people’s attitudes and implicit biases. The project involves interdisciplinary research in experimental psychology, psycholinguistics, and cognitive modelling, in order to examine what the role of language is in shaping our attitudes and biases. The successful candidate will be required to design and conduct online empirical studies, carry out data analysis, collaborate with other members of the research team, and contribute to conference dissemination and writing papers for publication.

Applicants should have a background in Psychology, Cognitive Science, or a related discipline. In addition, we require good experimental skills, with research experience in experimental design and/or psycholinguistic research methods and statistical analysis (such as linear mixed models and hierarchical regression). Ideal candidates will have strong  academic writing skills, and the ability to work both independently and within a team. Some knowledge of linguistic distributional statistics/models or research experience of data collection via online experiment platforms, would be an advantage. The successful candidate will receive a tax-free stipend of €18,500 and their university fees (€5,500) will also be covered. There will also be funded provided for conference travel and opportunities for placements with our industry partners. We expect the PhD candidate to start in September/October 2023. 

Maynooth University is a very distinctive university, a collegial institution focused on science and engineering, humanities, and social sciences, and equally committed to research, teaching and community engagement. Located in Ireland’s only university town, its distinctive features and character owe much to its unique history and heritage. It provides a high-quality educational experience to over 13,500 students on a campus with 18th century roots and 21st century dynamism.

Application deadline: 15 March 2023

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