[Comp-neuro] Call is OPEN for the PhD program at the Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme

Alfonso Renart arenart73 at gmail.com
Thu Feb 9 18:50:27 CET 2012

Applications from independent thinkers with curiosity, creativity and drive
are sought to join the International Neuroscience Doctoral
The INDP aims to provide students of diverse backgrounds with a
foundation to perform innovative and interdisciplinary work in basic or
applied neuroscience at an international level.

Successful applicants will demonstrate the ability to tackle difficult
intellectual challenges, to learn new skills and ways of thinking and to
work passionately as part of a research team. Predoctoral training in
quantitative disciplines (e.g. physics, mathematics, computer science),
biological sciences (e.g. biology, medicine, bioengineering) or related
fields is important. Previous research experience is also desirable but not
required. Applicants should have a master degree and/or a 4+ year
undergraduate degree, or will be obtaining their degree by no later than
December 31, 2012.

The INDP is associated with the Champalimaud Neuroscience
comprising fourteen research
groups<http://www.neuro.fchampalimaud.org/research/start>with a focus
on the neural circuits and systems underlying mind and
behaviour. Over 50 students are currently enrolled in the INDP, which will
enter its sixth year with the present Call.

Before beginning research on a thesis project, admitted students will
complete one year of intensive courses led by distinguished local and
invited international scientists. The topics of instruction include
molecular & cellular biology, ecology & evolution, neurophysiology &
neuroanatomy, learning & development, sensory & motor systems, and
computational & cognitive neuroscience, while the overall format emphasizes
participation, team work and informal interaction in both classroom and

The INDP is supported by funding from the Portuguese Science and Technology
Foundation (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, FCT), the Champalimaud
Foundation, and the Gulbenkian Foundation. Full tuition and stipend will be
ensured for successful applicants of all nationalities for a period of 4
years, to perform courses and thesis work in local or national research
groups. Portuguese citizens are also eligible for FCT support for thesis
work in selected laboratories anywhere in the world.

The application deadline is March 15st, 2012. Further information on
eligibility, entrance requirements and application procedures is available
here <http://www.neuro.fchampalimaud.org/education/indp/information/start>.
To apply to the the INDP, please visit


Alfonso Renart, PhD.

Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown
Av. Brasília s/n (Doca de Pedrouços)
1400-038 Lisboa, Portugal
Ph:     +351 210 480 101
email: alfonso.renart at neuro.fchampalimaud.org
web:   http://neuro.fchampalimaud.org/research/start/
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