[Comp-neuro] Final call: 4-year PhD programme in Systems Neuroscience (Newcastle University)

Marcus Kaiser m.kaiser at newcastle.ac.uk
Tue Jan 4 15:34:50 CET 2011

Dear all,

our Wellcome Trust 4-year PhD programme in systems neuroscience, aimed at
applicants from the physical sciences (physics, engineering, mathematics, or
computer science), is now accepting applications for studentships starting
in September 2011 (see below). Research areas include Neuroinformatics,
Computational Neuroscience, Neuroimaging (fMRI, DTI, EEG, ECoG), Brain
Connectivity, and Brain Dynamics (simulations and time series analysis). You
can find out more about participating faculty members and research areas at


Systems Neuroscience: From Networks to Behaviour - sponsored by the Wellcome

Programme Directors: Prof Miles Whittington, Prof Tim Griffiths and Dr
Marcus Kaiser

The Institute of Neuroscience at Newcastle University integrates more than
100 principal investigators across medicine, psychology, computer science,
and engineering. Research in systems, cellular, computational, and
behavioural neuroscience. Laboratory facilities include auditory and visual
psychophysics; rodent, monkey, and human neuroimaging (EEG, fMRI, PET); TMS;
optical recording, multi-electrode neurophysiology, confocal and
fluorescence imaging, high-throughput computing and e-science, artificial
sensory-motor devices, clinical testing, and the only brain bank for
molecular changes in human brain development. You can find out more about
participating faculty members and research areas at

The Wellcome Trust¹s Four-year PhD Programmes are a flagship scheme aimed at
supporting the most promising students to undertake in-depth postgraduate
research training. The first year combines taught courses with three
laboratory rotations to broaden students¹ knowledge of the subject area. At
the end of the first year, students will make an informed choice of their
three-year PhD research project.

This programme is based at Newcastle University and is aimed to provide
specialised training for physical and computational scientists (e.g.
physics, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, and computer science) wishing
to apply their skills to a research neuroscience career.

Eligibility/Person Specification: Applicants should have, or expect to
obtain, a 1st or 2:1 degree, or equivalent, in a physical sciences,
engineering, mathematics or computing degree.

Value of the award: Support includes a stipend for 4 years, PhD registration
fees at UK/EU student rate, research expenses, general training funds and
some travel costs.

How to apply: You must apply through the University's online postgraduate
application form (http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/ ) inserting the
reference number IN042 and selecting PhD Faculty of Medical Sciences -
Neuroscience (full time) as the programme of study. Only mandatory fields
need to be completed (no personal statement required) and a covering letter,
CV and (if English is not your first language) a copy of your English
language qualifications must be attached. The covering letter must state the
title of the studentship, quote the reference number ION64 and state how
your interests and experience relate to the project.

The deadline for receiving applications is 14 January 2011.

You should also send your covering letter and CV to Helen Stewart,
Postgraduate Secretary, Institute of Neuroscience, Henry Wellcome Building,
Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2
4HH, or by email to h.stewart at ncl.ac.uk .

For more information, see


Marcus Kaiser, Ph.D.
Reader (Associate Professor) in Neuroinformatics
School of Computing Science
Newcastle University
Claremont Tower
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, UK

Visiting Professor in Neuroinformatics
Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Seoul National University, Korea


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