[Comp-neuro] PhD Studentship - Neural Networks - at UCL

Angus Silver a.silver at ucl.ac.uk
Fri Jun 27 18:14:34 CEST 2008

PhD Studentship investigating signal processing in neural networks with
biologically realistic models at University College London


Applications are invited for a 3 year PhD Studentship in Computational
Neuroscience in Professor Silver's Laboratory, Research Department of
Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology, University College London, UK.
The studentship covers fees and provides a stipend for UK and EU nationals.


The project will explore signal processing in cortical networks using
biologically realistic models. This will involve using an advanced software
tool, neuroConstruct created in the Silver Lab, for constructing
biologically realistic neural networks in 3D space
(http://www.neuroConstruct.org <http://www.neuroconstruct.org/> ).
Development of large scale network models will also require software
development, particularly in a parallel computing environment. The
successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary team of experimental
biologists, physicists and computational biologists.


Related papers include:


1) Gleeson, P. Steuber, V. and Silver, R.A. (2007). neuroConstruct: A tool
for modeling networks of neurons in 3D space. Neuron, 54, 219-35

2) Mitchell SJ, Silver RA. (2003) Shunting inhibition modulates neuronal
gain during  synaptic excitation. Neuron. 38, 433-45.

3) Steuber, V., Mittmann, W., Hoebeek, F.E., Silver, R.A., De Zeeuw, C.I.,
Hausser, M. and De Schutter, E. (2007). Cerebellar LTD and pattern
recognition by Purkinje cells. Neuron 54, 121-136.

4) Traub RD, Contreras D, Cunningham MO, Murray H, LeBeau FE, Roopun A,
Bibbig A, Wilent WB, Higley MJ, Whittington MA. Single-column
thalamocortical network model exhibiting gamma oscillations, sleep spindles,
and epileptogenic bursts.

J Neurophysiol. 2005, 93(4):2194-232.


Applicants should have excellent software development skills and a good
degree in mathematics, computer science, physics or biological sciences.
Previous experience in neuroscience is not required but would be an
advantage. Applications should include a CV, the contact details of two
referees and a short statement of research interests. These should be sent
by email to Angus Silver (a.silver at ucl.ac.uk).


R. Angus Silver

Professor of Neuroscience,

Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow,

Department of Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology,

University College London,

Gower Street,



Tel: +44 207 679 7830



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