[Comp-neuro] Call for applications to the Champalimaud PhD program in Neuroscience

Alfonso Renart arenart73 at gmail.com
Thu Jan 16 12:40:47 CET 2014

Applications from independent thinkers with curiosity, creativity and drive
are sought to join the Champalimaud Foundation’s International Neuroscience
Doctoral Programme (INDP). 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. The
Programme is hosted at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, in Lisbon,
Portugal, a leading centre for research, technology and clinical care.

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 Masters degree and/or a 4+ year
undergraduate degree, or will be obtaining their degree by no later than
December 31st, 2014.

The INDP is associated to the Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme (CNP),
comprising fifteen research groups with a focus on the neural circuits and
systems underlying mind and behaviour.

Before beginning research on a thesis project, admitted students will
complete one semester of intensive courses and will be able to perform
summer rotations in CNP laboratories. Courses are 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, and all courses have a practical
component comprising exercises, small projects, and experimental work in
the INDP dedicated teaching laboratory. The overall format emphasizes
participation, team-work and informal interaction in both classroom and

The INDP is supported by funding from the Champalimaud Foundation and the
Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (Fundação para a Ciência e a
Tecnologia, FCT). Full tuition and stipend to perform courses and thesis
work will be ensured for successful applicants of all nationalities for a
period of 4 years.

*The application deadline is Feb 1st, 2014*. Further information on
eligibility, entrance requirements and application procedures is available



Alfonso Renart, PhD

Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown
Av. Brasília s/n (Doca de Pedrouços)
1400-038 Lisboa, Portugal
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