Psychology scholarship - colour perception 1

PhD Scholarship:The impact of visual environment on colour perception (virtual reality and neuroimaging) (2019)

The PhD studentship is part of a 5-year interdisciplinary European Research Council-funded project investigating the impact of the visual environment on colour perception. Supervisors: Dr Jenny Bosten and Professor Anna Franklin

What you get

A stipend of £14,777 p.a. UK/EU. PhD fees and research and training costs are also covered for 3 years

Type of award

Postgraduate Research

PhD project

This PhD will use virtual reality to manipulate the chromatic scene statistics of people’s visual environments in real-time, and will investigate the impact of these manipulations on human colour perception.  This will involve the programming and set-up of colour manipulations of video data to be presented using a head-mounted display for virtual reality. It will also involve the programming and implementation of psychophysical tasks to be conducted before and after people are immersed in the altered realities.  The project will also aim to identify the region of the brain which computes visual scene statistics and later PhD experiments will involve fMRI, working under the supervision of Dr, Chris Bird.  The student will need to have extensive programming experience, computational skills and be confident with technology. The student would join a research group (The Sussex Colour Group, with a strong track record of research on colour perception.



Please direct informal enquiries to Jenny Bosten (


  • This award will only pay fees at the Home/EU rate.
  • Candidates must have, or expect to obtain, a First or a high Upper Second Class Honours undergraduate degree, or equivalent qualification, and/or a Master's degree in Informatics, Computer Science, Psychology or a discipline where skills relate to the project (e.g., in the Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, Physical Sciences or Biological sciences).
  • Only full time students will be accepted.
  • The University of Sussex believes that the diversity of its staff and student community is fundamental to creative thinking, pedagogic innovation, intellectual challenge, and the interdisciplinary approach to research and learning. We celebrate and promote diversity, equality and inclusion amongst our staff and students. As such, we welcome applications from all, regardless of personal characteristics or background. 

Number of scholarships available



20 January 2019 0:00

How to apply

  • Please submit your application online at for the 'PhD in Psychology' programme for September 2019.
    • In the 'Supervisor suggested by applicant' section of your application form, please put name of supervisor(s)
    • In the 'Proposed source of funding' section of your application form, please put ‘ERC
    • A personal statement that outlines your interest in the research area, summarises your skills and research background, and presents any ideas you have for the project. Your statement should not exceed 2 pages including references, be set at minimum 10-font type with margins a minimum of 1cm.
  • Candidates should provide
    • An up-to-date CV
    • Current degree transcript(s) with full details of performance on all completed courses
    • Two academic references


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Contact us

For queries with respect to the application process please send an email to 'Postgraduate Coordinator' to: 

To discuss the details of this PhD project further, please contact to Jenny Bosten (



Deadline for applications: 20 January 2019

Interviews: likely to be in February 2019


At level(s):
PG (research)

Application deadline:
20 January 2019 0:00 (GMT)
the deadline has now expired


The award is available to people from these specific countries: