QUT PhD Positionsin Human Emotional Learning for International Students

  • PHD
  • $28,597 p.a.
  • 24 December 2020

We are seeking a full-time, highly motivated PhD candidate to perform cutting-edge research in the psychology of emotional learning. The successful candidate will be working under the direct supervision of Professor Ottmar Lipp in the School of Psychology and Counselling. During the course of their PhD, the candidate will drive a research project that extends current knowledge about the extinction of human fear learning or in a related area. It is expected that the new basic knowledge generated will contribute to high-quality publications. Travel to national and international conferences will be available to the successful candidate.

About the project: Human Emotional Learning

There is currently broad agreement that likes and dislikes, including strong emotional responses such as fear and anxiety, are acquired through associative learning. However, little is known about the manner in which different forms of emotional learning interact or about how emotional learning once acquired can be modified, reduced or eliminated. In particular in the context of fear learning this is problematic as fear memories once acquired seem difficult to change and likely to return even after successful extinction – a phenomenon known as relapse. Hence there is a need to explore new ways in which we can strengthen extinction learning in order to reduce relapse.

The PhD project will seated within the wider context of a grant funded project. The details of the PhD project will be negotiated with the successful applicant. It will involve a series of laboratory based experiments that in all likelihood will require the recording of physiological responses, including, but not limited to, electrodermal responses and blink startle modulation and of self report and behavioural data.

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The Queensland University of Technology is a public research university located in the urban coastal city of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

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To apply for this scholarship, you must meet the entry requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at QUT, including any English language requirements for international students.

You must also have:

  • an English language IELTS level of 6.5 of higher, with a minimum of 6.5 in written English
  • a background in experimental psychology or a related discipline
  • first class honours or equivalent

Ideally you would also demonstrate:

  • experience in programming experiments
  • experience in psychophysiological recordings.

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You'll receive a scholarship, tax exempt and indexed annually of $28,597 per annum for a period of three years, with a possible 6 month extension, subject to satisfactory progress.

If you're an international student, you will also receive either:

  • an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) fees offset (International)
  • a QUT research degree (HDR) tuition fee scholarship.

As the scholarship recipient, you will have the opportunity to work with a team of leading researchers, to undertake your own innovative research in and across the field of the psychology of emotional learning


You must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for consideration prior to applying for this scholarship.

How to apply for a research degree.

The EOI must include:

  • an up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV), including recent IELTS or equivalent score for international applicants
  • a two-page research proposal addressing the scholarship topic a writing sample (e.g. copy of an article/essay/thesis you have completed)
  • contact details for 2 academic referees.

The EOI must indicate that you are applying for this scholarship, and must have Professor Ottmar Lipp nominated as your potential supervisor

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