[Comp-neuro] PhD top-up scholarship in computational/theoretical neuroscience at University of South Australia

Mark McDonnell Mark.McDonnell at unisa.edu.au
Wed Sep 22 04:47:05 CEST 2010

***PhD top-up scholarship in computational/theoretical neuroscience at University of South Australia***

A generous PhD top-up scholarship (AU$10000 p.a. for 3 years, to be added to a standard APA scholarship) is available, via an Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant, for theoretical research into the biophysical mechanisms that allow communication between neurons and networks of neurons within the brain. The project might be described as "reverse-engineering" the brain, using mathematical modelling and numerical simulations, based on biologically-faithful models.

The position is within the Computational and Theoretical Neuroscience Laboratory, at the Institute for Telecommunications Research, UNISA (for more information see http://www.itr.unisa.edu.au/research/ctnl/). 

The lab is involved in active collaborations with scientific institutions and universities in Australia, UK, Canada, U.S., France and Japan. The candidate will be encouraged to participate in these collaborations and will have the opportunity to spend time overseas during their candidature.

Interested applicants will need to address the selection criteria available by emailing mark.mcdonnell at unisa.edu.au  or by download from http://www.itr.unisa.edu.au:2080/people/CompNeuroLab/Selection-Criteria-for-CTNL-Top-up.pdf. 

It is essential that applicants also apply for an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) (http://www.unisa.edu.au/resdegrees/scholarships/unisaaust.asp#apa) to be held in the Institute for Telecommunications Research at University of South Australia. 

The value of the top-up scholarship is $10,000 (tax free) per annum, for three years. When added to the APA, the total scholarship value will be $37222 p.a. tax free.

The successful applicant will have a first class honours degree in electronic engineering, mathematics, physics or computer science. It is highly desirable that applicants possess (1) a high level of proficiency in using common programming languages and environments to implement numerical methods, such as Matlab, Fortran, C/C++, NEURON; and (2) an interest in any of the following: parallel computing, GPUs, signal processing, information theory, communications theory, biologically inspired engineering.

Closing date: There is no strict closing date for applications, but 31st October 2010 is the deadline for Australian Postgraduate Award applications, and this must be applied for.

For more information, contact mark.mcdonnell at unisa.edu.au.


Dr Mark McDonnell
Senior Research Fellow

Principal Investigator, 
Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience Laboratory

Institute for Telecommunications Research
University of South Australia
SPRI Building Mawson Lakes Boulevard
Mawson Lakes SA 5095 AUSTRALIA

Phone: +61 8 8302 3341; Fax: +61 8 8302 3817

URL:  http://people.unisa.edu.au/Mark.McDonnell 
Email: mark.mcdonnell at unisa.edu.au

Now Available: "Stochastic Resonance: From Suprathreshold Stochastic Resonance to Stochastic Signal Quantization"
Mark D. McDonnell, Nigel G. Stocks, Charles E. M. Pearce, Derek Abbott

For more information see www.cambridge.org/9780521882620

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