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Studying circuit dynamics to understand disease mechanisms and their therapy.

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Wednesday, April 22, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Applications are invited from UK or EU residents to join a multidisciplinary team of scientists studying brain computer interfaces in order to improve quality of life for people with neurological disorders. The studentship is available from the start of academic year 2020/21 for 3 years and will be supervised by Dr Huiling Tan at the MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit at the University of Oxford (MRC BNDU). The overall aim of the studentship project is to investigate the function of frequency-specific neural oscillations in decision-making and motor control in both health and disease through behavioural experiments with electrophysiological recordings and controlled neural stimulation in humans. The project will also involve identifying and extracting features in electrophysiological signals in real-time, as well as the design, implementation and test of closed-loop neuromodulation strategies to interact with pathological brain activities for better treatment of symptoms. For further details about the project, contact Dr Huiling Tan () or see and

Interested candidates should possess, or expect to receive, a 1st class or upper 2nd class degree (or equivalent) in a related scientific discipline, e.g. biological or physical sciences, medicine, computer science, engineering, mathematics. Previous experience in neuroscience research is essential.

The MRC BNDU is uniquely multidisciplinary, integrating exceptional research programmes that span clinical, experimental and computational neuroscience and bioengineering. The collective aim of the MRC BNDU is to understand the moment-to-moment interactions between nerve cells that are critical for brain functions, and to exploit these to develop novel therapies for disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. For more information, see

This Ph.D. (D.Phil.) studentship is funded by the Medical Research Council. To normally be eligible for a full award (stipend in addition to fees), a student must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship. For further details about the MRC studentship funding and eligibility requirements for full and fees-only awards, please see:

To be considered for this studentship, please submit an application for admission to the DPhil in NDCN (course code RD_CU1), following the guidance at On the application form, in the section headed ‘Departmental Studentship Applications’, please indicate that you are applying for a studentship and enter the reference code for a BNDU studentship "20CLINNEURO02WEB".

The closing date is 12.00 midday UK time on Wednesday 22nd April 2020.

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