HDR Scholarship - Oscillatory dynamics of information processing in the adult brain

Applications now open. Two PhD scholarships are available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Oscillatory dynamics of information processing in the adult brain'.

Project Supervisor


Melbourne Burwood Campus

Research topic

We are pleased to announce two PhD scholarships are available for students to work on a large-scale cognitive neuroscience project. The project investigates the role of neural oscillatory activity with respect to supporting a range of cognitive functions including attention, language, memory, motor, and social skills. The students working on this project will use cutting-edge technology and analytic procedures to study the brain’s electrophysiological activity using electroencephalography (EEG).  This will be supplemented with additional tools such as eye-tracking and pupillometry. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may also be available for a small subset of participants. Depending on the interest of the student, the PhD project can specifically focus on neural electrophysiological activity or the relationship between oscillatory activity and one, or more, aspects of cognitive functioning (e.g., language, memory, motor functioning).

The research will take place at the Cognitive Neuroscience Unit which is located within the School of Psychology at Deakin University in Melbourne (Burwood Campus).  Deakin University’s Cognitive Neuroscience Unit is a world leading research facility that seeks to better understand the neural basis of behaviour and cognition in healthy and disordered populations. The project is being supervised by a team of senior staff from the Cognitive Neuroscience Unit.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Sunday 1 May 2022.


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $28,900 per annum tax exempt (2022 rate)

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be either a domestic or international candidate located in Australia. Domestic includes candidates with Australian Citizenship, Australian Permanent Residency or New Zealand Citizenship.
  • meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements
  • be enrolling full time and hold an honours degree (first class) or an equivalent standard master's degree with a substantial research component.

Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page for further information.

Additional desirable criteria include:

  • a genuine interest in cognitive neuroscience and psychology
  • demonstrated experience in one or more fields including: cognitive neuroscience, psychology, neuropsychology, or similar.
  • self-management and high personal motivation
  • high level of organisational skills with excellent communication and interpersonal skills

How to apply

Please email a CV and cover letter to A/Prof Jarrad Lum. The CV should highlight your skills, education, publications, relevant work experience and address the additional criteria above. If you are successful you will then be invited to submit a formal application.


Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact A/Prof Jarrad Lum

A/Prof Jarrad Lum
Email A/Prof Jarrad Lum
+61 3 924 46481