Postgraduate research opportunities State-dependent neural information processing in health and disease

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Key facts

  • Opens: Thursday 20 May 2021
  • Deadline: Wednesday 30 June 2021
  • Number of places: 1
  • Duration: 3.5 years
  • Funding: Home fee, Stipend

Overview

This PhD project will investigate how the sleep-wake cycle is regulated by brain-wide neural ensembles and how systems memory consolidation is realised across distributed neural circuits.
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Eligibility

A successful candidate should have or expect to have an Honours Degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in Neuroscience, Physics, Computer Science, Engineering or related fields. Experience with coding (Python or MATLAB) and/or in vivo experiments will be advantageous.

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Project Details

A fully-funded PhD studentship is available to work with Dr Shuzo Sakata at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK. This studentship is one of three PhD positions at the newly launched Centre for Doctoral Training in Neurotechnology.

Our group has been investigating state-dependent information processing in the brain by combining a range of techniques, including in vivo high-density electrophysiological recording, Ca2+ imaging, optogenetics, behavioural analysis and computational approaches.

In this PhD project, we will investigate how the sleep-wake cycle is regulated by brain-wide neural ensembles and how systems memory consolidation is realised across distributed neural circuits. To this end, we will utilise state-of-the-art neurotechnology.

This project will be also linked with an international consortium project, DEEPER, funded from the EU’s Horizon 2020 by closely collaborating with Professor Keith Mathieson at the Institute of Photonics.

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Neurotechnology aims to train a cohort of PhD students in the intersection of Neuroscience, Neurotechnology and Computational Neuroscience. Students will be exposed by a multidisciplinary research environment to work with systems neuroscientists and physicists.

A successful candidate should have or expect to have an Honours Degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in Neuroscience, Physics, Computer Science, Engineering or related fields. Experience with coding (Python or MATLAB) and/or in vivo experiments will be advantageous. In the first instance, candidates may send their application to Dr Shuzo Sakata (shuzo.sakata@strath.ac.uk), including a CV and a cover letter, detailing their motivation for this PhD project and their career goal. Please note that this PhD studentship is for UK or settled/pre-settled EU candidates.

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Funding details

Centre for Doctoral Training in Strathclyde

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Supervisors

Dr Shuzo Sakata

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Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

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Professor Keith Mathieson

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Institute of Photonics

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Start date: Oct 2021 - Sep 2022

Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

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Start date: Oct 2021 - Sep 2022

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Dr Shuzo Sakata (shuzo.sakata@strath.ac.uk)