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(WIS) Neural Computation by the Dynamics of Neural Populations

Project Description

Each human brain has 10 times more neurons than there are human beings on our planet. The collective activity of large groups of numbers is known to be critical for how we perceive, act, think and feel. Yet the population mechanisms that underlie these functions remain poorly understood. However, there is prospect for progress from the recent development of powerful methods for recording the activity of many neurons at the same time (Calcium imaging, silicon array electrophysiology), for analysing such data (dimension reduction) and for control of complex behaviour (rat-machine interface). The aim of this project is to use these techniques to investigate how the collective activity of neurons in the whisker system encodes dynamic sensory signals.

The general aim of this PhD is to address this question, by building on powerful new methods established in the Petersen and Ahissar labs. We seek a highly-motivated student willing to take on challenging experiments at the cutting-edge of neuroscience. The successful student will have the opportunity for training in electrophysiological recording, Calcium imaging, use of rat-machine interface, as well as computational modelling.

Entry Requirements:
Applications should be submitted online and candidates should make direct contact with the Manchester supervisor to discuss their application directly. Applicants must have obtained, or be about to obtain, at least an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject.

Funding Notes

This project is to be funded under The University of Manchester and Weizmann Institute of Science Studentship. Funding covers fees (UK/EU rate) and stipend for four years. Candidates will be required to split their time between Manchester and Israel, as outlined on View Website

As an equal opportunities institution, we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments are made on merit.

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