MPhil/PhD Studentship

Ref: PROF-SCI-01-13

Expert Performance and Perceptual-Cognitive Skill Training in Complex Environments

This project will increase our understanding of the perceptual-cognitive skills that support expert performance in sport, and potentially other dynamic psychomotor domains (such as law enforcement, military and healthcare), and exploit this information to improve human performance through training (and/or technological design).

The successful applicant will: (a) Assess and measure visual, perceptual, cognitive, and metacognitive skill and its acquisition; (b) Use experimental methods, and perceptual-cognitive process tracing and cognitive task analysis techniques (e.g., verbal reports of thinking, eye-movement recording, critical incident interviews) to identify the strategies and heuristics that support expert, skilled and successful performance; and (c) Design, develop, implement and evaluate training protocols designed to leverage expert perceptual-cognitive skills to improve individual, team, and system-level performance.

The successful candidate will receive a bursary for three years linked to RCUK Doctoral Stipend rate, currently £13590 per annum, plus a contribution towards tuition fees of up to the equivalent of the Home fee (currently £3885 pa), subject to performance.

Applicants must hold a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (UK or UK equivalent) in a relevant discipline and have a background in sport/cognitive/human factors psychology. 

For further information please contact the supervisor: Professor Paul Ward,

For additional information about the studentship and links to the application form please go to: 

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The application form should be completed and returned to:  and include: a comprehensive CV and a one page covering letter explaining your interest in the project and how it relates to past experience and present motivations. Attachments should be in PDF or Word format.

The closing date for applications is noon on Friday 19 April 2013

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