EPSRC PhD Studentship
University of Bristol
Bristol, UK
4d ago

The role

A 3 x year fully funded (stipend and fees) EPSRC PhD studentship for UK / EU students (Conditions may apply to non-UK students) in the area of Relationship Science.

In contemporary societies such as the UK, young adults increasingly report feelings of social isolation, with feelings particularly high in ardent social media users.

The current project therefore aims to adopt an experimental approach to scrutinize the psychological impact of social media use.

Drawing on contemporary models of social impression formation and attachment theory, in particular, it aims to investigate how high (vs.

low) exposure to overly positive relationship displays as common on social media affects young adults’ own relationship ideals, satisfaction, and investment.

What will you be doing?

The project will use behavioural science experimental techniques to clarify how social media can benefit (or hinder) close relationship formation and maintenance.

For more details, please discuss with the project lead.

The studentship is based in the lab of Dr Susanne Quadflieg, in collaboration with Dr Angela Rowe, based at the School of Psychological Science at the University of Bristol, UK.

In the 2014 REF, it was one of the UK's top ten universities for its research in psychology, psychiatry, and neuroscience.

The supervisory team has an international reputation for their work in social psychology.

You should apply if

The project is ideal for a person who is interested in receiving advanced training in experimental and social psychology.

The person would ideally have an undergraduate or Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (Psychology or Computer Science).

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of this work, applicants with a different scientific background but a strong interest in the topic will also be considered.

Prior experience with statistical computing software (e.g., SPSS, R), behavioural presentation software (e.g., PsychoPy), and / or image processing software (e.

g., Adobe Photoshop) would be desirable.

Additional information

Standard EPSRC eligibility rules apply. The post will ideally start in July 2021, but is flexible. This advert will remain open until a suitable candidate is recruited with shortlisting at the end of each month.

For informal enquires about this post email :

Please make an online application for this project at http : / / www.bris.ac.uk / pg-howtoapply.

Please select on the Programme Choice page. You will be prompted to enter details of this EPSRC-studentship in the Funding and Research Details sections of the form.

Please ensure that in this section you write I would like to be considered for the EPSRC funding award in the School of Psychological Science and specify the name of the supervisor : Susanne Quadflieg.

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.

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