Development of brain circuits
This project will investigate how circuits form that are involved in the development of spontaneous and sensory-evoked activity in the cerebral cortex of small mammals. By combining chemo- and opto-genetics, with molecular neurobiology and advanced microscopy, this project will pioneer new ways to investigate early formation of brain circuits and provide unprecedented knowledge of the mechanisms that regulate brain wiring.
Preference will be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following: molecular biology and/or brain development, confocal microscopy, or electrophysiology Please detail this experience in your application.
Preferred educational backgrounds include, but are not limited to:
BSc with Honours or Masters of Philosophy and the completion of suitable undergraduate courses such as those in Neurophysiology/Cell Physiology/Biophysics, Developmental Biology/Neurobiology, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Zoology/Genetics/Evolution, Mathematical Neuroscience.
Informal inquiries to Prof Richards AO PhD with curriculum vitae, academic transcripts and cover letter.
Competitive scholarships available for high standing national and international candidates (eg Australia Awards, Graduate School Scholarships, Thornton Foundation). Note some scholarships have tight application deadlines. Successful candidate can commence asap, and apply for entry to graduate school at least 3 months prior to research quarter commencement date. International applicants may need to apply earlier for visa reasons. Applicants must also fulfil Uni of Qld PhD admission criteria, including English language requirements, and demonstrate excellent capacity and potential for research. Demonstrated research ability through publication output in peer reviewed international journals is desirable. Information on eligibility and application process: https://graduate-school.uq.edu.au/future-students/applying-research-higher-degree.