The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
School of Psychology
2014 ESRC +3 SEDTC/CEB CASE Studentship - 'Asking the right questions'
Applications are invited for a +3 ESRC studentship (‘+3’ applies for PhD only), full or part-time, in the School of Psychology.
The student will be based at the University of Kent in Canterbury under the supervision of Dr Anna Brown and Prof Joachim Stoeber and will have an opportunity to work closely with the consultancy firm Corporate Executive Board and Dr Ilke Inceoglu at the University of Surrey.
The studentship is fully funded, covering fees, stipend of £13,863 and an allowance towards research, training or conference expenses. In addition, Corporate Executive Board contributes £2,000 per year to the stipend during the PhD years.
The studentship commences 1 October 2014.
Asking the right questions: Increasing fairness and accuracy of personality assessments with computerised testing
This interdisciplinary research in psychometrics will develop a methodology for measuring multiple attributes of workplace personality in a way that minimises response distortions and maximises measurement precision.
We will combine an approach that overcomes multiple response biases affecting self-reports, with one that optimises efficiency and accuracy of measurement by using a computerised testing approach.
- Experience of using quantitative analysis and statistics;
- work experience in psychometric testing;
- ability to engage positively with a range of people, organisations and audiences;
- excellent oral and written communication skills;
- an interest in psychometrics and personality assessment;
- applicants must also meet ESRC’s UK residency requirements;
- +3 applicants should also hold a completed master's level degree in a relevant area of psychology or a quantitative discipline (eg psychometrics, mathematics) with study topics and marks demonstrating a high degree of competence with quantitative topics.
Additional Desirable Qualities
- Experience with issues of personality assessment and faking.
How to apply
Potential applicants are welcome to make informal inquiries or visit prior to the deadline. Please email Carly Turnham C.Turnham@kent.ac.uk, who will respond in the first instance. Please include ‘CEB CASE studentship' in the subject line.
1. Email the following to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- A letter describing your interests and experience, and reasons for applying;
- your full CV;
- the names of two referees. The referees, between them, should be from an academic supervisor or tutor who is able to provide factual as well as evaluative information about your qualifications, strengths, and training needs.
It would be helpful if the referees could be asked to submit references at the same time as the application.
5pm, Tuesday 4 February 2014
Candidates will be interviewed on Wednesday 12 February 2014, either at the University of Kent or by Skype/video link.
2014 Research Scholarships
The School of Psychology is currently inviting applications for a number of Research Scholarships to commence in October 2014.
Some scholarships will take the form of Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs). As part of this process, we will also be bidding for South East Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) studentships.
South East ESRC DTC Funding
Kent is proud to be part of the South-East ESRC DTC in partnership with the Universities of Reading, Royal Holloway and Surrey.
This centre of excellence in social science postgraduate research training will have studentships across the consortium for students commencing their studies in the 2014-15 academic year.
Studentships will be awarded on the basis of the academic excellence of both the candidate and the research proposal. The funding will typically cover yearly maintenance (£13,863 for 2014-15) and fees for one of the following: +3 programme (PhD); 1+3 (MSc+PhD).
Graduate Teaching Assistantship
Graduate Teaching Assistants have both student and staff status within the University, gaining teaching experience while studying for a PhD.
GTA awards cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate plus a combined maintenance grant and salary (equivalent to an ESRC maintenance grant), and are offered for one year, renewable to a maximum of three years subject to satisfactory academic performance.
- Candidates must hold an Honors BSc or MSc in Psychology, or expect to finish coursework for such a degree, by September 2014. A standard of a first or 2(i) for undergraduate degrees, or merit/distinction for postgraduate degrees, is expected; this will be assessed on the basis of existing work for degrees not yet completed. Non-British qualifications will be judged individually; we will generally require an overall result in the top two grading categories.
- The GTA competition is open to all postgraduate research applicants. UK, EU and overseas fee paying students are invited to apply. Overseas students would have to make up the difference between the Home and Overseas tuition fees. South East DTC funding is only available to Home or EU students. Both Home and EU students have to satisfy the standard research council eligibility criteria. EU students who have not been resident in the UK for the 3 years preceding the award (i.e. on 1 October 2014) will be entitled to a Fees Only award.
- Please note that current Kent PhD students are not eligible to apply.
How to apply
- Submit an application for a PhD place (and an MSc place if applying for 1+3). Applications received before the deadline will automatically be considered for all funding opportunities.
Please include/upload the following within your application:
- name of proposed supervisor (agreed with the relevant staff member prior to submission);
- transcript of degree marks to date and certificate, if completed;
- research proposal of up to 1,000 words including brief references;
- names and email addresses of two academic referees (references must be received by the deadline);
- covering letter, stating why you should be awarded a 2014 Research Scholarship and briefly describing relevant research and teaching experience.
- Interviews will be held in the week commencing Monday 10 February. Unfortunately we are unable to cover travel costs but will arrange telephone/Skype interviews where appropriate.
- If you are shortlisted for ESRC funding, you will be required to complete further paperwork with your supervisor and referees by Wednesday 19 February 2014 (please ensure that you are contactable before this date). Further consortium shortlisting will take place at the end of March and applicants who are nominated by the Psychology pathway will be notified of decisions in mid-May. It is usual for strong applicants who are turned away by the ESRC to also be considered for GTAs.
5pm GMT on Friday 31 January 2014