Antonia brainAntonia Hamilton's lab for Social Cognition






Join the lab






Postdoctoral Research Associates

I do not have funding for postdoctoral positions at present. Do contact me (a.hamilton - at - if you would like to apply for funding to join the lab.

PhD positions

PhD position in social interaction

I am pleased to advertise a PhD studentship studying dyadic social interaction. Deadline: 30th November 2016

I will not be taking on any other PhD candidates in 2017.

In general, I rarely have funding for PhD positions but am happy to support strong candidates to apply for PhD funding. Deadlines are typically in early December. Topics can be flexible within the domain of work going on in the lab (see recent publications). Some possible projects are listed below, but other related questions are also possible.

  • Brain systems for imitation & interaction - we now know something about the brain regions which represent other people's basic actions, but how to these regions allow us to understand more complex social interactions? What are the links between brain systems for understanding actions and those for understanding theory of mind? This project would likely involve using fMRI and functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to record brain activity during social interactions

  • Control of social responding - Effective social interaction requires rapid, coordinated responses to other people. However, we do not yet know how different social cues modulate interaction, and how social control skills develop in humans. This project would examine the brain and cognitive systems which control social responses, using virtual reality and motion capture technology

  • Social interaction in autism - individuals with autism find many aspects of online social interaction hard, but the brain mechanisms of this are not clear. Using brain imaging and behavioural methods, this project would examine why individuals with autism do not spontaneously imitate, and what factors can change their performance.

To apply for a PhD email me in September/October with a CV and an idea of what area you want to study. I will review all the CVs and will interview candidates by late November. I can support 1 or 2 candidates per year to complete a full application, and will work with those people in December / January to get the best funding. Applications after 1st December can't be considered because there isn't time to get funding.


We do not offer unpaid internships because they seem unfair (see this cartoon). The Nuffield Foundation and the Wellcome Vaction Scholarships might be able to fund an intership, so do discuss if you want to apply.

Other opportunities

I am always interested in discussing other collaborations or postdoctoral projects. Possible funding sources include the EU Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowships can support applicants from outside Europe (annual deadline in August). The Newton International Fellowships are a great scheme to support post-doctoral work in the UK (annual deadline in April).

If you are interested in applying for any of these, do email a.hamilton - at - with a CV and details of your research interests

How to apply

If you are interested in any of these positions, please email a.hamilton -at- with a CV and details of your research interests well in advance of the relevant deadline.

Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, Alexandra House, 17 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AR
a.hamilton - at -