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  PhD scholarship in neuroscience (myelin biology) research at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania


   Menzies Institute for Medical Research

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About the Project

PhD scholarship in neuroscience (myelin biology) research at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania

Are you interested in learning how neural circuits adapt to encode the memories that make us who we are? Our team is particularly interested in the role that glial cells play in this process by supporting and modulating neuron function. We recently found that the structure of myelin sheaths changed during spatial learning. These seemingly small changes were sufficient to speed up action potential conduction velocity – and faster conduction was associated with faster learning (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.celrep.2020.108641). We are now recruiting PhD students to undertake in vivo experiments aimed at uncovering the mechanism of myelin plasticity.

To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must have:

1)   been or will soon be awarded a Bachelor degree with research honours in a relevant field of research (or equivalent qualification);

2)   completed a minimum of 8 months full-time laboratory-based research experience prior to arrival, and

3)   the ability to undertake research writing and record keeping in English.

It is desirable if applicants have received theoretical and practical training in an area of neuroscience.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send:

1)   a 1-page cover letter outlining your research background and its relevance to this project; 

2)   your academic transcript, demonstrating that you meet the eligibility criteria;

3)   a 2-3 page CV detailing your academic achievements and relevant experience

to: [Email Address Removed]

The successful applicant will be expected to accept the PhD scholarship offer and arrive in Hobart to commence between June and December 2022. 

They would undertake PhD research supervised by A/Prof Kaylene Young (@LabGlial) and Dr Carlie Cullen (@DrCarlieCullen) at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research (@ResearchMenzies) at the University of Tasmania.

Applications close Monday 4th April (9am Australian Eastern Standard Time).

Biological Sciences (4) Medicine (26)

Funding Notes

Successful applicants will be provided a scholarship that includes:
a living allowance stipend of $28,854 per annum (2022 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)
If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.