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Analysis of multi-frequency dynamic coherence networks in large-scale electrophysiological recordings (ESR 5)

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  • Full or part time
    Dr A Barrat
    Dr D Battaglia
  • Application Deadline
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  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Tremendous technological progress in the capacity to record simultaneously from multiple brain regions is making increasingly necessary to adopt a system’s perspective when describing brain function. Distant brain regions interact between them in a dynamic manner even to perform very simple tasks and flexibly changing patterns of interactions can be described as time-changing multiplex directed networks, where different layers describe transient inter-regional oscillatory coherence in multiple frequency bands (or across bands). In the framework of this project we propose to study various datasets (from rodent to non-human primate) gathered during large-scale electrophysiological experiments and, more specifically, to analyse them adopting sophisticated tools from complex network analyses that, initially forged in statistical physics or the science of social networks, have not yet been adapted to be compliant with neural datasets.

We will characterize how spatio-tempo-spectral network patterns correlate or predict behaviour and cognitive performance (e.g. in working memory or perceptual tasks) or how they are altered in specific pathological models (e.g. ALS). Network analyses of multi-scale electrophysiological data will be complemented by the design of connectome-based computational models whose simulated oscillatory coherence networks will be compared with the empirically measured one, to reverse engineer possible physiological mechanisms (e.g. alterations of excitability) that may underpin generalized functional connectivity changes.

Benefits


Marie Sklodowska-Curie PhDs are paid a competitive gross salary of 3,270 € per month, adjusted for their host country, a Mobility Allowance of 600 € per month and, for researchers who have a family, a Family Allowance of 500 € per month. All amounts are subject to employers and employees deductions and taxes.

Family is defined as persons linked to the researcher by (i) marriage, or (ii) a relationship with equivalent status to a marriage recognised by the national legislation of the country of the beneficiary or of nationality of the researcher, or (iii) dependent children who are actually being maintained by the researcher; family status is determined at recruitment and does not evolve.

ESRs will also get access to funds covering Research, Networking and Training costs. ESRs will also be enrolled for PhD studies at institutions which are part of the consortium. Funding will cover the entire 36-month period. In addition to individual scientific projects, all fellows will benefit from further continuing education, which includes internships and secondments, a variety of training modules as well as transferable skills courses and active participation in workshops and conferences.

Eligibility criteria


To satisfy the eligibility requirements set for an Early Stage Researcher funded by Marie Skłodowska-Curie and you must be eligible to be appointed as an Early Stage Researcher:

Should have — at the date of recruitment — less than 4 years of a research career, and not have a doctoral degree. The 4 years are measured from the date when they obtained the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a PhD, either in the country where the degree was obtained or in the country where the PhD is provided.

Trans-national mobility: The applicant — at the date of recruitment— should not have resided in the country where the research training takes place for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to recruitment, and not have carried out their main activity (work ,studies, etc.) in that country. For refugees under the Geneva Convention (1951 Refugee Convention and the 1967 Protocol), the refugee procedure (i.e. before refugee status is conferred) will not be counted as ‘period of residence/activity in the country of the beneficiary’.

Satisfy the eligibility requirements to enrol on a PhD degree. This includes acceptable English language requirements if English is not your first language.

Selection process


All applications are to be submitted via the hosting institution.

Applications must include the following:

A copy of your CV
Degree transcripts
A motivation letter
Names of 2 referees

Please indicate in your motivation letter if you are interested in being considered for any of the other PhD positions in our network (and if you give us permission to share your application with the host of that project).


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