MARCS invites applications from highly motivated graduates seeking to undertake a PhD as part of an ARC Linkage Project on Distributed Cognition and Dynamic Memory in Australian Dance Theatre.
MARCS research focuses on the explanation and enhancement of human-human and human-machine communication. Using behavioural, neuroscience and computational approaches, we conduct pure and applied research on perceptual, cognitive, creative and social skills from infancy to adulthood, in real and virtual worlds, and within normal, heightened (e.g., performing arts) and impaired (e.g., developmental delay, sensory loss) contexts.
MARCS Institute is a vibrant interdisciplinary research institute of the University of Western Sydney (UWS) situated on the Bankstown, Campbelltown, Kingswood and Parramatta Campuses with members and collaborators from many disciplines: Medicine, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Linguistics, Psychology, Education, Music, and Communication Arts.
Worth of Awards

All students receive:

  • Support for conference attendance (domestic and international), fieldwork and additional courses costs as appropriate.
  • Access to the extensive range of MARCS specialised equipment, laboratory space and facilities.
  • A rich environment of support and academic expertise via supervisory panels, seminars, colloquia, international and industry collaborations.

Domestic Students receive:

  • Tax free stipend of up to $34,653 per annum for up to 3 years and a funded place in the doctoral program

International Students receive:

  • Tax free stipend of up to $34,653 per annum for up to 3 years.
  • Outstanding students have the opportunity to apply for a waiver of tuition fees valued at approximately $24,000 per annum for up to 3 years.
  • Up to $2,600 towards the cost of an Overseas Student Health Care Policy.

Essential Criteria

  • Applicants should hold an excellent Bachelor Honours degree, or have equivalent qualifications and/or research experience (including any publications) in fields such as linguistics, psychology, psycholinguistics, sensory neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, cognitive science, education, computer science or engineering.

Academic Criteria
Applicants should:

  • hold a 1st Class Bachelor Honours degree (or equivalent qualifications and/or experience in Psychology, Cognitive Science or Human Movement Science
  • have experience or demonstrated interest in the performing arts, especially dance
  • be willing to travel to various research sites for data collection
  • demonstrate high level written and oral communication skills
  • demonstrate an understanding of quantitative research methods and inferential statistics
  • have an interest in qualitative methods
  • have excellent interpersonal skills and the capacity to interact effectively with a range of people from undergraduate students to professional artists.
  • have the ability to work as part of a team.
  • have an aptitude for recording, editing, and analyzing digital video

Get More Information
You can contact MARCS Institute Executive Officer Sonya O’Shanna ([email protected], +61 2 9772 6585) or the Office of Research Services to discuss enrolment and scholarships: [email protected], +61 2 4736 0966.
Potential applicants should contact Dr Caroline Jones ([email protected]) to discuss their research proposal.
How to Apply
Applicants should download the application form from here (PDF), submit it with a 500 word research proposal and a CV by the closing date.
Deadline:  December 9, 2013
For more information about the scholarship, click here