[Comp-neuro] PhD programme in Neural Dynamics at Bristol
R.Bogacz at bristol.ac.uk
Sat Jan 22 12:13:01 CET 2011
4-year PhD programme in Neural Dynamics at the University of Bristol is
inviting applications for studentships fully funded by the Wellcome
Trust. More information about the programme is available below.
NEURAL DYNAMICS: FROM SYNAPSES TO SYSTEMS IN HEALTH AND DISEASE
Wellcome Trust 4-year PhD Studentships
This PhD programme builds on unique research strengths at Bristol and
will train the next generation of neuroscientists in a supportive
environment of scientific excellence.
What is neural dynamics? It is the study of the nervous system's
remarkable capacity to change - at the systems level the dynamic
interplay between integration and segregation of brain regions enables
all aspects of behaviour, including learning, memory, homeostasis and
sensorimotor control. The mechanisms that underpin this activity can be
explored at multiple levels from the molecular level of epigenetic
changes through to dendritic remodelling, synaptic plasticity and neural
networks. These may be very rapid at molecular and synaptic levels
through to days at the network level and even years for the development
of new motor skills.
Students will select from a wide choice of projects, which can be
tailored to their own interests. Projects will include the opportunity
to combine the very latest molecular and systems level techniques, with
computational and engineering methods.
The programme also includes the option for an industrial placement or an
overseas training visit to one of our many international collaborators.
Why enrol for a PhD programme in neural dynamics?
A vital key to comprehending the brain is to understand how the complex
changes in activity occurring at all levels of neural organization give
rise to normal brain function. Furthermore, understanding of normal
brain activity will allow us to investigate abnormalities of neural
dynamics that underlie many neurological and psychiatric disorders (e.g.
epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, chronic pain).
Understanding neural dynamics requires interdisciplinary approaches that
span many neuroscience areas, but crucially, depends on integration of
experimental and clinical approaches with mathematical and computational
expertise. This PhD programme will train a future generation of
neuroscientists who will successfully be able to combine experimental
and theoretical techniques in their research.
Bristol has one of the largest concentrations of neuroscientists in
Europe and is a major centre for basic and clinical neuroscience. The
University of Bristol is an acknowledged world leader in many key areas
of neural dynamics from both an experimental and theoretical
perspective: Our research spans molecular, cellular and systems levels
of neuroscience. Together with experts in systems dynamics, based in the
Departments of Engineering Mathematics, Mathematics, Computer Science
and the Bristol Robotics Lab we can provide considerable scope for
ground breaking integrative research projects. Bristol is also a
fantastic place to live.
How to apply?
Applicants will have a 1st class/2.1 degree or a Masters in a biomedical
science discipline or a relevant theoretical discipline (mathematics,
computer science or physics).
The deadline for applications is 18th February 2011.
Please send current curriculum vitae and interim transcript of your
marks, two signed and sealed references (one of whom should be a project
supervisor from your current or previous studies) and a one page
covering letter explaining your particular interest in neural dynamics
to Lindsey Watson, Graduate Office, Medical Sciences Building,
University Walk, Bristol BS8 1TD (Lindsey.Watson at bris.ac.uk). Informal
enquiries may be directed to Professor Richard Apps
(R.Apps at bristol.ac.uk), Dr Rafal Bogacz (R.Bogacz at bristol.ac.uk),
Professor Zafar Bashir (Z.I.Bashir at bristol.ac.uk) or Professor Stafford
Lightman (Stafford.Lightman at bristol.ac.uk)
More details about the PhD programme available at:
(for detailed information click on links "Training programme", "Topic
and techniques" and "How to apply" on the left side of the website)
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