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Minimal models of dynamics on networks to study generic SC/FC relationships (ESR 2)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Thursday, April 30, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Relationships between structural and functional connectivity (SC/FC relationships) serve as a cohesive, unifying structure to the ITN. The driving force behind ESR2 is the goal to construct minimal models for many of the relationships between structural and functional connectivity (SC/FC relationships) observed in the diverse application scenarios. A minimal model is a mathematical representation (network + dynamical model) that is capable of displaying the desired behaviour and no simpler system can be envisioned. In addition to network architectures directly provided by the application scenarios, various models of random graphs (e.g., scale-free random graphs, small-world random graphs) will be employed. On the level of dynamics, we will resort to a set of generic models: excitable dynamics, random walks and diffusion, flow dynamics, avalanches on graphs. In a subsequent step, these generic models will be refined in a close dialogue with the application projects, in order to capture the most relevant properties of the dynamical processes within each specific application. In this way the project will contribute to a unified scientific framework that captures Connectivity Science and relates the theoretical structures and their properties to specific functions, methods and tools, which have been developed for diverse investigations across the various disciplines involved in the training network. By doing so, this project will provide a roadmap linking theory and methods as these support the diverse applications.

Expected Results

A minimal model to each application project capable of qualitatively reproducing the SC/FC correlations observed in the respective application nature, the transferability and the range of validity of each of these SC/FC correlations. The minimal models will be accompanied with a catalogue of structures, properties, functions, methods and tools related to connectivity. This universal framework will reveal those important theoretical structures, properties and functionalities related to connectivity. Under the light of these universal and strong theoretical results, important problems related to connectivity in various sciences and applications can now be re-investigated with better possibilities of success.


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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