[Comp-neuro] PhD position in Carandini laboratory, University College London

Andrea Benucci a.benucci at ucl.ac.uk
Fri Apr 30 14:52:42 CEST 2010

The Carandini laboratory at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology
(www.carandinilab.net) is seeking a PhD student for a 3-year project:
"Charting the flow of information across the rodent visual system".
The project touches upon areas of systems neuroscience, computational
neuroscience, and behavioral neuroscience.
Its goals are:
(1) To identify roles of various areas in the visual system of the
rodent, their hierarchy, and connectivity.
(2) To characterize the flow of information across these regions in
terms of image processing.
(3) To relate neural activity in these regions to visual perception
measured with psychophysical methods.

The student will be advised by Prof. Matteo Carandini and be trained
in experimental techniques under the supervision of Dr. Andrea
Benucci. These techniques involve combinations of multielectrode
recordings, optogenetics, imaging of intrinsic signals and indicator
dyes, operant behavior, virtual reality simulation. The planned
starting date is September 2010.

The successful candidate has a BA or MS degree in a relevant
discipline and is skilled in computer programming, especially in
Matlab. The ideal candidate has received substantial training in
quantitative disciplines such as mathematics, physics, or engineering,
and also has some background in neuroscience.

To apply, please send your CV to both matteo and andrea
@carandinilab.net, with subject line "2010 PhD yourlastname", and
indicate your interests, reasons for applying, names and emails of two
people who can write letters of recommendation. Please indicate
whether you are an EU national: Funding is available for this position
through UCL and Fight for Sight, but only for EU nationals. Non-EU
nationals may have to secure independent funding. Applications will be
evaluated until the position is filled.

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