[Comp-neuro] PhD studentship on modelling neural network development

Marcus Kaiser m.kaiser at newcastle.ac.uk
Wed Dec 17 19:52:50 CET 2008

Dear all,

The following PhD studentship on modeling neural network development is now available in my lab (starting date: next September). Just contact me if you are interested (and eligible)...


BBSRC Funded PhD Research Studentship

Missing Links: How Neural Developmental Factors Influence Network Topology and Behaviour 

Many brain diseases are caused by changes of neural development; e.g. schizophrenia, autism, and certain kinds of epilepsy. These changes of development result in neural network topologies that differ from those of healthy subjects. As in vitro experiments are often limited and conditions are hard to control, this project studies the relation between developmental factors and network topology extending earlier research (Sporns et al. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 2004; Kaiser & Hilgetag, Physical Review E, 2004; Kaiser et al., Cerebral Cortex, in press). This involves implementing computer simulations using Matlab or C/Java for studying the role of timing, spatial layout, and activity on the generated neural topology and behavior (neural dynamics). Simulated activity in developing tissue will also be compared with experimental results from collaborators. 

Applicants should hold, or expect to achieve, a first-class or upper-second-class Honours degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. mathematics, physics, computer science, engineering) and should preferably have experience with programming and data analysis.

This studentship available for a period of four years and provides a stipend of at least £13,240 per annum. Please note that certain eligibility conditions apply, therefore, this studentship is only available to UK/EU citizens ordinarily resident in the UK. Successful applicants will be invited to interview.

For information regarding the research project contact Dr Marcus Kaiser, m.kaiser at ncl.ac.uk or visit www.biological-networks.org 

To apply for the studentship please complete the University's online postgraduate application form (http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/applicationforms/index.htm), selecting 'Master of Research/Doctor of Philosophy (Medical Sciences) - Ageing' and quoting the reference number IAH11. Please attach a copy of your CV and a covering letter to your application.

Marcus Kaiser, Ph.D.
RCUK Academic Fellow
School of Computing Science
Newcastle University
Claremont Tower
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, UK

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