[Comp-neuro] PhD programme in Neural Dynamics at Bristol
R.Bogacz at bristol.ac.uk
Thu Nov 10 10:13:56 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
Why investigate 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).
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.
Structure of the programme
First year: students will attend taught courses to gain an understanding
of the biology of the nervous system and the ability to describe systems
dynamics in mathematical models. Students will carry out two extended
research projects, each investigating dynamics in a different neural
system. Each project will be co-advised by one experimental or clinical
neuroscientist and one mathematician or computer scientist.
Subsequent years: Students will develop one of the initial projects into
a PhD project for the remaining 3 years.
Who are we looking for?
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). Applicants should have some background in
mathematics or computer science e.g. A-levels or application of
mathematical modelling / computational methods in undergraduate
research. Crucially, we are looking for talented and motivated students
willing to take up the many challenges in neural dynamics and who are
open to learning about new disciplines and working across different fields.
Why study at Bristol?
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.
How to apply:
Application process: Please apply online at
Please ensure you upload a CV and a covering letter outlining your own
neural dynamics interests, and include two referees by 31 December 2011.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to our interview/open day on 19
The Wellcome Trust provides a stipend and PhD registration fees at UK/EU
student rate, research expenses, contribution towards travel and a
contribution towards transferable-skills training. The Wellcome Trust
does not pay fees at the overseas rate.
For further information see
or contact: Lindsey Watson, Graduate Administration Manager, Faculty of
Medical and Veterinary Sciences Graduate School (Lindsey.Watson at bris.ac.uk)
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