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PhD Studentship in Neuroscience – Investigating cognitive mechanisms in neurodevelopmental disorders

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  • Full or part time
    Dr A Banerjee
  • Application Deadline
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

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Start date and duration
7 January 2020. The funding covers a three year PhD.

Several brain regions are implicated in sensory-guided decisions; however, it is not understood how distinct neural circuits interact to retain and relay information relevant to behaviour during this process and how these functions go awry in neurological disorders. Recent developments in experimental tools have allowed us to manipulate and record neuronal activity at the level of specific cell populations deeper in the brain. This PhD project will explore investigate sensory processing and sensory integration deficits using high-resolution imaging in healthy mice and animal models of neurological disorders.

Training will be provided in rodent neurophysiology (e.g. two-photon Ca2+ imaging, imaging using miniature microscopes from behaving animals as well as ASD models) and computational data analysis. This cross-disciplinary project is suitable for a neuroscientist with strong experimental skills, candidates with Physics or Engineering background with strong interest in Neurophysiology are also encouraged to apply.

Faculty of Medical Sciences (

Name of supervisor(s):
Dr Abhishek Banerjee, Institute of Neuroscience (

Eligibility Criteria:
You must have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent either in Neuroscience, or Biology. Strong experimental skills in animal behaviour, in vivo imaging, rodent surgery are desired.

The award supports fees only at the UK/EU rate. Applicants outside the UK/EU must at the time of application provide evidence that they have additional funding to support the higher fees for such students (approximately £16,200 per year). Non-UK/EU applications without this information will not be considered further.

How to apply:
You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please ‘Create a new account’ (

Only mandatory fields need to be completed; you will need the following information:

insert the programme code 8300F and ‘PhD in the Faculty of Medical Sciences (full time) - Neuroscience’ as the programme of study
insert the studentship code IN115 in the studentship/partnership reference field
attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must give the studentship title and reference IN115, and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.

For further details, please contact:

Dr Abhishek Banerjee
Institute for Neuroscience
E-mail: [Email Address Removed]

Funding Notes

100% of UK/EU tuition fees, annual stipend of £15,007 plus additional funding for research costs and travel (conferences and exchange to ETH-Zurich).

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