[Comp-neuro] PhD opportunities at Imperial College London in the Clopath lab

Claudia Clopath c.clopath at imperial.ac.uk
Tue Jan 7 19:08:53 CET 2014


*PhD opportunities in Computational Neuroscience.*

Computational Neuroscience Laboratory
Headed by Dr. Claudia *Clopath*
Department of Bioengineering
Imperial College London

-----------------Requirements:-----------------
The Computational Neuroscience Laboratory, headed by Dr. Claudia Clopath,
is looking for a talented PhD student, interested in working in the field
of computational neuroscience, specifically addressing questions of *learning
and memory*. The perfect candidate has a strong mathematical, physical or
engineering background (or equivalent), and a keen interest in biological
and neural systems. Demonstrated programming skills are a plus.

-----------------Research topic:-----------------
Learning and memory are among the most fascinating topic of neuroscience,
yet our understanding of it is only at the beginning. Learning is thought
to change the connections between the neurons in the brain, a process
called *synaptic plasticity*. Using mathematical and computational tools,
it is possible to model synaptic plasticity across different time scales,
which helps understand how different types of memory are formed. The PhD
candidate will be working to build those models of synaptic plasticity, and
study the functional role of synaptic plasticity in artificial neural
networks. They will have the opportunity to collaborate with experimental
laboratories, which study connectivity changes and behavioural learning.

----------------- The lab:-----------------
The Computational Neuroscience Laboratory is very young and dynamic, and
publishes in prestigious journals, such as Nature and Science. It is part
of the Department of Bioengineering, which conducts state-of-the-art
multidisciplinary research in biomechanics, neuroscience and
neurotechnology. The lab is at *Imperial College London*, the 3rd ranked
university in Europe, 10th in the World, and is located in the city centre
of London.
More information can be found at: http://www.bg.ic.ac.uk/research/c.clopath/

----------------- How to apply:-----------------
Candidates should send a single pdf file, consisting of a 1-page motivation
letter, CV, and names and contact information of two references, to
clopathlab.imperial at gmail.com, with the subject containing 'PHD2014'.
The application *deadline is **Jan 20th*. Skype Interviews will be held on
the Jan 22nd.

----------------- Funding:-----------------
The candidate will apply to an Imperial College PhD scholarship. Deadline
for funding application is on Feb 3rd. More information can be found at:
http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/researchstrategy/funding/phdscholarships
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