[Comp-neuro] PhD position: theoretical and computational neuroscience

K Tsaneva-Atanasova K.Tsaneva-Atanasova at bristol.ac.uk
Wed Oct 28 14:14:13 CET 2015

PhD position in Modelling spine calcium dynamics: implications for synaptic


Based within the EPSRC Centre for Predictive Modelling in Healthcare at the
University of Exeter, a £2M initiative bringing together mathematicians,
statisticians and clinicians, you will work on a project aiming to
investigate the mechanisms and hence understand the regulation of calcium
transient dynamics shown to be a critical trigger for synaptic plasticity
in dendritic spines. In order to do this we will develop and analyse
three-dimensional mathematical models using finite element methods.
Therefore I am looking for candidates trained in quantitative fields whose
interest has turned to the study of synaptic plasticity and calcium

This project is one of a number that are in competition for funding from
the South West Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (SWBio DTP). The
SWBio DTP is a BBSRC-funded PhD training programme in the biosciences,
delivered by a consortium comprising the Universities
of Bristol (lead), Bath, Cardiff and Exeter and Rothamsted Research.  The
SWBio DTP projects are designed to provide outstanding interdisciplinary
training in a range of topics in  World-Class Bioscience, underpinned by
training in mathematics and complexity science. Each project is supervised
by an interdisciplinary team of academic staff and will follow a structured
training 4 year PhD model.

In particular the project on "Modelling spine calcium dynamics:
implications for synaptic plasticity" stems form a long-standing
collaboration between Prof Krasimira Tsaneva-Atanasova (main supervisor,
Exeter) and Dr Jack Mellor (co-supervisor, Bristol

To Apply: Candidates with strong quantitative training (e.g. a BSc or MSc
in Physics, Mathematics, Computational Neuroscience, Computer Science, or
Engineering) and evidence of scientific achievement are invited to apply.
Knowledge of neuroscience is a plus. Please apply using the following link:


Krasimira Tsaneva-Atanasova

Professor of Mathematics for Healthcare

College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences

University of Exeter

Exeter, Devon, EX4 4QF, UK

tel: +44 (0) 1392 723615

email: k.tsaneva-atanasova at exeter.ac.uk

web: http://emps.exeter.ac.uk/mathematics/staff/kt298

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