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The post-natal development of neural circuits for memory

   Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology

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  Prof Francesca Cacucci, Dr T Wills  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

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.

Funding Notes

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.

Funding Notes

Funding covers fees at 'home student' rate. Students not eligible for UK home fees will be required to find additional funding equivalent to the difference between home and overseas fees, for example by applying to the UCL 'Overseas Research Studentship' bursary.
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