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

Marcus Kaiser m.kaiser at newcastle.ac.uk
Thu Jan 24 19:25:05 CET 2013

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 2013 (see below). Research areas include
Neuroinformatics, Computational Neuroscience, Neuroimaging (fMRI, DTI, EEG,
ECoG) in humans and non-human primates, 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.


*Wellcome Trust 4-year PhD programme 'Systems Neuroscience: From Networks
to Behaviour'*

Programme Directors: Prof. Stuart Baker, Prof. Tim Griffiths, Prof. Alex
Thiele 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 (£19k/yr
tax-free), 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/funding/search/list/in054  ) inserting
the reference number IN054 and selecting 'Master of Research/Doctor of
Philosophy (Medical Sciences) - Neuroscience' 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
IN054 and state how your interests and experience relate to the programme.

The deadline for receiving applications is 10 February 2013.

You should also send your covering letter and CV to Suzi Englebright,
Postgraduate Secretary, Institute of Neuroscience, Henry Wellcome Building,
Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2
4HH, or by email to ion-postgrad-enq 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, UK

Lab website:

Neuroinformatics at Newcastle:
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