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 as well as informal inquiries can be made by submitting current CV and expression of interest document to

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 should have or expect to gain an undergraduate degree in psychology or a related discipline.  A demonstrable interest in social psychology is essential as given the project is centrally related to understanding status relations and inequality (see below). This fully funded studentship is available immediately. 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 April 2018. Shortlisted candidates should be available for interview in April. The closing date for applications: 31 March 2018 at 4pm.  No applications can be taken after this time.

Title: The Stress of Inequality

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


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.