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Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour

Fully funded Neuroscience PhD Studentships at the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour

Why study at SWC?

We will provide intensive training in experimental techniques, including imaging, physiology, molecular, and behavioural methods in systems neuroscience. First-year students will build their own two-photon microscope, implement a 1,000-channel in vivo recording system, design viral tools for circuit tracing, and develop a closed-loop behaviour assay.

Together with affiliates and our Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit colleagues, we will provide a comprehensive introduction to theoretical and systems neuroscience. Gatsby and SWC students overlap extensively during the first year with the opportunity to maintain close contact throughout their PhD.

You will live and work in central London, with the highest concentration of neuroscience research in the world. The SWC PhD is your opportunity to receive world-class training as a neuroscientist and launch a career in academia or industry.

SWC students are fully funded and receive an annual stipend of £22,278, equivalent to Wellcome PhD programmes.

SWC also covers the cost of tuition fees for UK, EU, and international students.

The programme

The SWC PhD is a four-year programme. The first year includes a semester of coursework and up to three laboratory rotations. A project and a PhD advisor are selected at the beginning of the second year.

You can view an overview of the programme on the SWC PhD Programme website.

Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour

Entry requirements

A keen interest in Neuroscience, coupled with an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience, Life Sciences or related degrees such as Physics, Maths or Computer Science at a minimum of upper second-class UK Bachelor’s level or overseas equivalent. The required English proficiency level is “good” or above, as defined by UCL.

How to apply

Applications for our 2021-22 intake open on Monday 21 September 2020.

To apply visit and search for the 2021-22 academic year of the RRDSWNSYSN19 programme by selecting the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre as the department.

Please complete the online application form and upload:

  • A current CV
  • Transcripts or qualification certificates and, if available, GRE scores
  • A 1,000-word essay focusing on what you see as a key, unanswered question in neuroscience. Please discuss why you are interested in this question, how you would approach its solution, and what impact finding a solution would have for our understanding of the brain.

Deadline: midnight, Sunday 15 November 2020.

Please ensure your given referees are able to provide a reference by the deadline.

We will use the email address given in your application for correspondence so ensure that you will still have access to it at the start of the next academic year.

Contact us

If you have any queries about the SWC PhD programme or the application process, please contact us at [email protected].

If you would like to be kept up to date with our application opening and closing dates please sign up to our PhD alert.

Sainsbury Wellcome Centre

Sainsbury Wellcome Centre

Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour

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