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2 fully-funded PhD studentships available for new European Research Council project on interpersonal synchrony during early learning.

Two PhD positions are available starting in Jan or Sept 2021, working on a new European Research Council project on interpersonal neural and physiological synchrony in early attention and learning. The projects will involve designing, recording and analysing data to study naturalistic parent-infant interactions and changing influences of the external ambient environment using cutting-edge new techniques including dual EEG, miniaturised microphones/cameras and wearable autonomic monitors. The positions will involve developing excellent communication skills, administering technically complex paradigms with infant and parents, and learning advanced computational skills to analyse the complex, multivariate data collected.

The PhD positions will be mainly supervised by Dr Sam Wass and based at BabyDevLab ( at the University of East London, which currently hosts other projects funded by the Leverhulme Trust, Economic and Social Research Council and Horizon 2020 that use similar approaches to studying naturalistic early learning interactions. Co-supervisors will be Professor Emily Jones, at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development in London, Dr Victoria Leong, at Cambridge University and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and Dr Louise Goupil.

The funding covers full tuition fees (for UK/EU students) and a living stipend for three years. We are able to cover tuition fees for international students only in exceptional circumstances, for students who are outstandingly well qualified.

If you are interested in joining the lab, please start by reading some of our sample publications, here:

Please also read the FAQs on the PhD positions here.

For questions, and details of how to apply, please contact Dr Sam Wass, on