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PhD Studentship: Bayesian Argumentation via Delphi (BARD) IARPA funded

Applications are now closed - project details for reference only

Principal supervisor: Professor Ulrike Hahn, Birkbeck, University of London.

Secondary supervisor: Professor D Lagnado, Experimental Psychology, UCL.

A three-year full-time PhD studentship is offered for a project on ‘Bayesian Argumentation via Delphi’ (BARD). The PhD project will be part of the CREATE (Crowdsourcing Evidence, Argumentation, Thinking and Evaluation) program funded by the US government’s Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA). The goals of the CREATE program are to develop and empirically test new structured analytic techniques that can be used by groups to improve the quality of reasoning and argument evaluation.

The student will be part of a cross-institutional team of researchers, including researchers at Monash, Australia, and researchers at UCL, Birkbeck College and Strathclyde University.

Project overview

  • The PhD student will be based at the Department of Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck, University of London – currently rated as the 5th leading Psychology department in the UK. The candidate will be supervised by Professor Ulrike Hahn. The successful candidate will join the Reasoning and Argumentation Lab and be part of the Centre for Cognition, Computation and Modelling. Applicants should demonstrate interest in at least some of these areas: group behaviour and/or decision making, behavioural decision making, judgmental forecasting, subjective probability, judgment and decision making, causal modelling and reasoning processes, argumentation.
    The studentship covers PhD course fees, a stipend of approx. £16,553 per year, and payment of research costs, training and conference attendance. Non-UK EU applicants are eligible for a full award (these conditions are expected to be guaranteed throughout the term of the award independent of the UK’s status with respect to the EU).


Essential candidate criteria

  • Applicants should have (by September) a high 2:1 or 1st class honours degree in a subject relevant to the proposed project. A relevant MSc degree (completed or due to complete) is desirable, for which a merit or distinction level is required. Current research skills will be taken into account but the aptitude for scientific reasoning and skill development will take priority.


How to apply

Applicants must complete and submit an online admissions application, via the Birkbeck admissions portal
You will be asked for the names of two referees who will be contacted by Birkbeck. Instead of providing a research proposal, please instead upload a cover letter (1-2 pages) which answers the following questions:

  1. What is the theoretical background that has informed your interest in this project?
  2. What technical expertise do you have that would enable you to undertake the project?
  3. Give an example of a research question that you have examined before now and the way(s) in which it did/could have informed psychological theories.

Please highlight clearly in your application that you are applying for the IARPA funded studentship with Professor Ulrike Hahn. Interviews will be in the first week of July 2017.

Further information

Questions about the project/research background: Ulrike Hahn (
Questions regarding the application process should be directed to the Departmental Administrator: Ida Akhtar, (email: telephone +44(0) 207 631 6535.)