Faculty of Human Sciences: Cognitive Science - Cognition of Coding (Joint PhD MQ and University of Groningen)

Faculty of Human Sciences: Cognitive Science - Cognition of Coding (Joint PhD MQ and University of Groningen)

Department: Cognitive Science

Project Name:Cognition of Coding (Joint PhD MQ and University of Groningen)

Project Description:

We are looking for a PhD candidate who is interested in joining us in the study of a new field of research: Cognition of Coding.

The successful completion of this project will result in a Joint PhD from the University of Groningen and Macquarie University (Sydney)

The PhD candidate will have the opportunity to participate in local, national and international training activities from IDEALAB, Graduate School for Humanities Groningen, and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders

The PhD student will be supervised by Wim Tops and Roelien Bastiaanse (University of Groningen) and Eva Marinus and Lyndsey Nickels (Macquarie University). The PhD student needs to start on 1/1/2017 latest and will spend 50% of the time at Macquarie University and 50% of the time at University of Groningen.

There are two general aims of the research project. First to study which cognitive skills are involved in learning to code and how these skills relate to natural language learning. Second, to compare computer­programming skills of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) with those of typically developing controls and to examine how these differences can be mapped onto cognitive differences between individuals with and without ASD.

The PhD candidate will have considerable freedom in shaping the project

Application procedure:

Please send your application as a single PDF­file to w.tops@rug.nl and eva.marinus@mq.edu.au

Submission should contain the following:

  • A cover letter introducing yourself, describing your motivation to do scientific research and to do this project in particular;
  • A full CV, including publications (also submitted and in progress) and conference presentations;
  • A copy of your BA and MA diploma showing academic record (marks per topic);
  • Names and contact details of two academic references.

We will start reviewing applications from 15 September onwards and will start interviewing in October. We will continue reviewing until the position is filled.

Should your interview be successful, you will need to lodge a formal application for admission/ scholarship. Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to How to apply for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the scholarship application name ‘Cognition of Coding’ on your application.


For more information or project proposal please contact: Dr. Eva Marinus via eva.marinus@mq.edu.au or Dr. W. Tops, RUG via w.tops@rug.nl

The Joint PhD scholarship includes:

  • Tuition fees for up to 3 years
  • Financial stipend as per 2016 RTP rate of $26,288 p.a. This is payable while at Macquarie University only.
  • Airfare provided between two institutions

Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University’s Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria for more information about this.

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