PhD Studentships 2018

PhD Studentships 2018

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Applications are invited from excellent candidates in relation to the PhD projects described below. It is recommended that potential applicants contact the supervisors informally in the first instance. Applications can be made by submitting current CV and expression of interest document to HODPsych@ul.ie

The expression of interest document should be submitted in Word (.doc or .docx) format, and should be no more than 500 words long. The applicant should describe their own suitability for the project (50% weighted) and how they would like to develop the project (50% weighted). Interested candidates may apply for PhD study throughout the year. However, two fully funded PhD studentships are available for PhD study starting January 2018. Studentships include stipend and EU fees. For non-EU applicants, a non-EU fee waiver may also be available. Successful candidates will undertake six hours per week support for laboratory/ tutorial/ administrative work, payment for which is part of the awarded stipend. Any additional teaching would be paid at standard rates. Selection for studentships will be competitive and will take place in October 2017. Shortlisted candidates should be available for interview in October/November. The closing date for applications: September 29th 5pm.

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 Title: The Stress of Inequality

 Supervisors: Prof Orla Muldoon, Dr. Stephen Gallagher UL.  External supervisor: Prof J Jetten.

 Contact: orla.muldoon@ul.ie

The 21st Century has seen a rise of inequality at global and national level.  This inequality has   been demonstrably linked to poorer health outcomes.   And more recently, researchers within social science and social psychology in have argued that inequality can damage social relationships.  Increased competition for resources and the associated sense of threat from others in society can damage trust within unequal societies (Stevenson, McNamara & Muldoon, 2014).   As such inequality may be seen as a form of psychosocial stress.   This PhD level project will examine using experimental methods whether perceived inequality has an impact on contemporaneous physiological indicators of health.   Using an available experimental  paradigm (Jetten, Mols & Postmes, 2015), and drawing on theoretical understanding from social psychology and the cutting edge methods available in health psychology (e.g. Gallagher, Meaney & Muldoon,  2014 Gallagher et al., 2016) this project represents a unique collaborative opportunity to work with leading researchers in this area at University of Limerick and University of Queensland.

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Title: Understanding Self-Defining Memory in People with Stroke

Supervisors: Prof Donal G. Fortune

Contact: donal.fortune@ul.ie

The principal aim of this PhD project is to examine the key factors that might enable patients with compromised cognitive and mental health functioning to utilise a particular set of memories about themselves (self-defining memories) in order to manage challenges to the self and to their mental health following stroke.  Studies making up this PhD will involve experimental and clinical methods with a number of assessments protocols being conducted in clinical psychology/health service settings with patients and key family members.

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