The project will investigate the post-natal development of spatial and episodic memory, using advanced in vivo electrophysiology (e.g. neuropixels probes) to record large ensembles of neurons, simultaneously with behavioural tests of memory for space and objects. Focusing on neural circuits in the hippocampus and connected regions (Entorhinal cortex, Pre-frontal cortex), the aim of the project is to first identify which aspects of neural development correlate with the emergence of memory, and then manipulate neural activity (using e.g. opto- or chemogenetics) to establish causal links between neural and behavioural maturation.
Candidates should have a 2.1 (or equivalent) degree or better in a biomedical sciences discipline, ideally in a neuroscience-related area. Graduates in mathematical /physical/computational sciences, who have demonstrated a desire to convert to neurosciences, are also encouraged to apply. Candidates should have a strong interest in systems/circuits neuroscience, ideally along with some laboratory experience working on a neuroscience-related research project. Programming (Matlab/Python) skills will be a strong advantage.
Starting date: 1st October 2022 or earlier by arrangement.
To apply, please email the following to Professor Cacucci and Dr Wills ([Email Address Removed], [Email Address Removed]): a cover letter, a CV, a brief statement of your interests, and the names of at least two people who could supply references.
For further information, please contact Professor Cacucci and/or Dr Wills
Closing date: 4pm on Friday 25th February 2022.
The studentship offers a tax-free stipend of £17,609 per year and covers university fees at the UK resident level, as well as providing funds for research and to travel to meetings. The PhD is fully funded for 3 years.