[Comp-neuro] Two PhD studentships available in the Silver Lab UCL

Angus Silver a.silver at ucl.ac.uk
Fri Jun 25 19:21:54 CEST 2010


Two PhD studentships are available in the Silver
<http://www.ucl.ac.uk/npp/as.html>  Lab in the Department of Neuroscience
<http://www.ucl.ac.uk/neuroscience/Page.php> , Physiology and Pharmacology
at University College London (UCL <http://www.ucl.ac.uk/> ) as part of the
Marie Curie CEREBNET Project. 

 

The projects involve investigating information processing in the cerebelar
cortex by combining electrophysiological and 2-photon imaging experiments
with anatomically and biologically detailed 3D network modeling. Models will
be built with neuroConstruct <http://www.neuroconstruct.org/>  (Gleeson et
al., Neuron 2007) and run using parallel Neuron. Models developed during
this project will be made freely available in the simulator independent
neural description language NeuroML <http://www.neuroml.org/> .

 

The projects will investigate how the cerebellar input layer (granule cell
layer) transforms sensory input and how the spatio-temporal dynamics of
granular layer activity is integrated by the molecular layer. The project
will also involve active development of both neuroConstruct and NeuroML.
Since the project involves both modeling and experimental approaches, the
successful candidates could pursue a purely theoretical approach, combine
experiments and modeling or focus on experiments and collaborate closely
with theoreticians in the group (see

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/npp/as.html). 

 

Relevant recent papers From the Silver lab:

 

1)     Neuronal Arithmetic, Nature Reviews Neuroscience .
2010;11(7):474-489.

 

2)     NeuroML: A Language for Describing Data Driven Models of Neurons and
Networks with a High Degree of Biological Detail (2010),  PLoS Computational
Biology 6(6): e1000815

 

3)     A compact acousto-optic lens for 2D and 3D femtosecond based 2-photon
microscopy (2010). Vol. 18, No. 12 / OPTICS EXPRESS 13721

 

4)     Synaptic depression enables neuronal gain control. Nature. 2009,
457(7232):1015-8.

 

Candidates will have an excellent degree in one of the Sciences, Maths,
Computer Science or Engineering and have a strong motivation to pursue a
career in neuroscience. Early Stage Researchers can be nationals of any
country except UK and must not have resided, worked or studied in the UK for
longer than 12 months during the past 3 years. Only EU citizens are eligible
for fee support. Applicants should check whether they conform to the ITN
<http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/mariecurieactions/guide_en.html>  regulations
for Early-stage researchers. Salaries (3 years) are set at standard rates by
UCL. Positions will start in 2010. 

 

Applicants should send a letter of application, highlighting their research
interests, relevant training and experience, together with a CV and at least
two references to Professor Angus Silver (a.silver at ucl.ac.uk).

 

 

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