[Comp-neuro] 5 PhD opportunities at Imperial College London

Faisal, Aldo A a.faisal at imperial.ac.uk
Fri May 14 16:00:49 CEST 2010

Dear All,
5=1+4 PhD opportunities at Imperial College London:

One fully funded PhD studentship for a UK/European Union citizen in Computational Neuroscience on the "Biophysics of Computation
and design principles of neural connectivity" in the Faisal Lab at Imperial College London (in the Department of Bioengineering and
and the Department of Computing). We are looking for a creative,  independent, motivated, collaborative, and technically skilled biologist, physicist,
biochemist, applied mathematician,  or medical student. The candidate will use a normative approach to understand what biophysical trade-off's and
principles have determined the evolution of the brain. This involves characterising the neurophysiology and systems neuroscience of biological
networks in the brain using a bottom-up first principle approach. Among other things the student will learn to combine our molecular and cellular understanding
of neuronal mechanisms using stochastic modelling techniques with large-scale brain connectivity data. This will enable us to establish how the properties of signalling
molecules influence the structure and function of the whole brain.

Exceptional candidates will also have strong programming and/or quantitative modelling skills.  To apply for a position, or if you would like to know more,
please send me an email.  Please include your curriculum vitae and research interests, and arrange for at least two reference letters to be sent to

Aldo Faisal
email: aldo.faisal [at] imperial [dot] ac [dot] uk
Brains & Behaviour Lab
South Kensington Campus
Imperial College London
SW7 2AZ London

2. in addition addition there are 4 more PhD opportunities at Imperial College:

Imperial is one of the world’s top engineering schools, with a growing and highly collaborative neuroscience community as well as strengths in related disciplines
such as robotics, computing, photonics, cell biology, biomechanics, and nanotechnology.

The Department of Bioengineering has an exciting and expanding group of computational  and systems neuroscience  researchers that combine experiments and theory.
Relevant  academic faculty include Anil Bharath,  Etienne Burdet,  Aldo Faisal, Kenneth Harris,  Holger Krapp and Simon Schultz.

We would thus like to encourage PhD applications in this area,  as part of the following general call:

Four studentships are now available in the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London to start in October 2010:

BBSRC/EPSRC Doctoral Training Studentships (2 available)
Studentships are open to UK and EU candidates who have been ordinarily resident* in the UK for at least three years prior to the start of the course.
Studentships cover full fees and bursary for up to three years (EPSRC) or four years (BBSRC).

* Applicants must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences)

Departmental Studentships (2 available)
Studentships cover home/EU fees and bursary for three years and are open to UK and EU students (no residency requirement applies).
Overseas candidates may also apply if they are able to supplement the home fees (i.e. pay the difference between home and overseas fees).
Candidates for all studentships should have, or expect to obtain, at least a good 2.1 in a relevant first degree (or equivalent).

Research Areas

The Department's research interests lie within the following broad themes.

. Biological and medical imaging
. Biomechanics and robotics
. Biophysical and physiological modelling
. Medical devices and informatics
. Neuroscience and Neurotechnology
. Physiological fluid mechanics

Candidates should visit the academic staff page (http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/bioengineering/people/staff) and research pages (http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/bioengineering/research)
of the Bioengineering website (http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/bioengineering/) to identify topics of interest and appropriate supervisors.  Please contact the supervisor(s) directly, prior to
application through the College online system, to devise or discuss potential projects.  For doctoral training studentships the chosen project must fall within the remit of the relevant
research council - please see www.bbsrc.ac.uk<http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/> and www.epsrc.ac.uk<http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/> for further details.

PLEASE NOTE: applicants who were not successful in the previous round of departmental studentships will not be considered unless they have been informed otherwise or there
has been a significant change regarding their CV since submitting their application. In the latter case, please send brief details and any supplementary material to k.hobson at imperial.ac.uk<mailto:k.hobson at imperial.ac.uk>.

Application deadline: 4 June 2010
For more information visit http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/bioengineering/courses/phd/phd_positions


Dr Aldo Faisal
Lecturer in Neurotechnology

Principal Investigator - Brains & Behaviour Lab

Department of Bioengineering
& Department of Computing
Imperial College London
London, SW7 2AZ

email: aldo.faisal at imperial.ac.uk<mailto:aldo.faisal at imperial.ac.uk>


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