Studying with Us
If you are a prospective student who would like to carry out a PhD research project with us, you should contact well in advance of the start of the project. See details on applying for postgraduate studies in the Department of Psychology.
Students will be provided with an extensive training in research methods and techniques, taking full advantage of the excellent facilities for experimental studies available in Cambridge that make it one of the leading centres for cognitive neuroscience research. Through close collaborative links with researchers at the nearby MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, students can utilize state-of-the-art facilities for multimodal neuroimaging, as well as an extensive panel of healthy research volunteers, including many younger and older adults, and a panel of individuals with brain lesions.
Cambridge invests a great deal in training research students, and postgraduates will be full members of the Cambridge Graduate Programme in Cognitive and Brain Sciences, which includes regular theoretical seminars and courses. Additionally, there is a carefully monitored supervision system and a wealth of seminars and other research-oriented teaching available both within the Department and through the faculty Graduate School.
Several Departmental doctoral training grant studentships are available each year (deadline early February), and Dr. Simons is able to supervise biological sciences graduate students through the Cambridge BBSRC DTP Programme, and clinical fellows through the Wellcome Trust PhD Programme for Clinicians. There are numerous other sources of funding for postgraduate study, with studentships available for both UK and overseas students. All postgraduate funding schemes are highly competitive and applications must be made, in some cases, up to a year in advance.
If you are interested in a postdoctoral research position in the lab, please contact to discuss details of the project you might undertake.
As noted above, postdoctoral researchers have the opportunity to access state-of-the-art functional neuroimaging facilities, including Siemens 3T MRI and Elekta Neuromag MEG scanners. Effects of temporary, reversible brain stimulation on cognitive function can be studied using Magstim TMS and NeuroConn tDCS systems. Also available are extensive panels of healthy volunteers and neuropsychological populations, for examining how memory is affected by neurological and psychiatric disorders, and normal aging.
Potential postdocs should ideally have previous experience in at least one of the general areas of neuroimaging and/or neuropsychology, although full training will be provided from local experts, and through courses where appropriate. An interest in the cognitive neuroscience of long-term memory processes is obviously essential, and a strong background in cognitive psychology or a related discipline desirable.
Many sources of funding are available for postdocs, including research fellowships from various Cambridge Colleges, and from external bodies such as the BBSRC, ESRC, Age UK, Leverhulme Trust, MRC, Royal Society, and Wellcome Trust.
When grant-funded post-doctoral positions become available in the lab, they will be advertised on the Departmental Job Opportunities page.