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

Marcus Kaiser m.kaiser at newcastle.ac.uk
Thu Jan 12 12:54:25 CET 2012

Dear all,

As the deadline for this programme is next Monday, 16 January, here a final
call for applications:

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 2012 (see below). Research areas include
Neuroinformatics, Computational Neuroscience, Neuroimaging (fMRI, DTI, EEG,
ECoG), Brain Connectivity, Clinical Neuroscience, Behaviour and Evolution,
and Brain Dynamics (simulations and time series analysis). Strong
interactions between clinical, experimental, and computational researchers
are a key component of this programme.


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

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.

The Wellcome Trust's 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 students' 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 IN044 and selecting MRes/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 IN044 and
state how your interests and experience relate to the programme.

The deadline for receiving applications is 16 January 2012.

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.
Associate Professor (Reader) in Neuroinformatics
School of Computing Science
Newcastle University
Claremont Tower
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, U.K.
Phone: +44 191 222 8161
Fax: +44 191 222 8232

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

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