PhD in Social/Cognitive Neuroscience

PhD in Social/Cognitive Neuroscience

Programs Available

MRes Year 2 + PhD or PhD 

Reference Number


Opening Date

01 Jan 2020 12am AEDT 

Closing Date

30 Apr 2020 11pm AEST 

Scholarship available to



The successful candidate will work together with the laboratory PI to devise a rigorous programme of research to address novel questions in social and cognitive neuroscience using a combination of behavioural measures and state-of-the-art human neuroscience techniques (fMRI, fNIRS, TMS, MEG), whilst fully embracing open science best practice and the reform agenda from the credibility revolution. The successful candidate will be supported to develop a theme of research that explores experience-dependent plasticity in the human brain, and how such learning enables us to make sense of the dynamic and complex social information that we experience in everyday life. The Social Brain in Action’s major areas of research expertise include social robotics, action learning and expertise, and neuroaesthetics, and the successful candidate would be encouraged to devise a line of research fitting with one or more of these research areas. Applicants with experience in robotics/AI or the arts, or with research interests in other areas of social and cognitive neuroscience are also strongly encouraged to apply.

SoBA Lab

The project is part of ongoing research in the Social Brain in Action Laboratory (SoBA Lab), which explores the cognitive and brain systems that underpin our ability to understand the actions and mental states of other agents (human and robotic). The SoBA Lab is an international research group housed in the Schools of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia), as well as the Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, Scotland). This position is offered through the Department of Cognitive Science at Macquarie University, which offers access to outstanding facilities for Social and Cognitive Neuroscience. Furthermore, as well as being a thriving global city, Sydney boasts tremendous beaches, which provide a wonderful natural backdrop to professional activities. For more information on SoBA lab research, please take a look at the general laboratory website ( The social robotics research going on within the SoBA Lab has its own website (and social media identity  - #TeamSoBots FTW!) – which you can learn more about here: Informal enquiries via email are also welcome - please use the contact details below.


This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake an MRes Year 2 (1-year) + PhD (3-year) program.

Scholarship Components

The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend. The value and tenure of the scholarship is a “MQRES” full-time stipend rate of $28,092 per annum (in 2020 tax exempt - indexed annually).

Contact Details

Name: Professor Emily S. Cross
Phone: +61 02 9850 7662

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