Tuesday, January 1, 2008

PhD Studentships - Systems Neuroscience: From Networks to Behaviour - Newcastle University

Programme Director:
Professor Miles Whittington

Programme Deputy Directors:
Dr Marcus Kaiser
Professor Tim Griffiths

These studentships are part of the Wellcome Trust’s flagship four-year PhD programme scheme which aims to support the most promising students to undertake in-depth postgraduate research training. The first year combines taught courses with laboratory rotations to broaden students’ knowledge of the subject area. At the end of the first year, students will make an informed choice of their three-year PhD research project.

There are three places available in the Institute of Neuroscienceat Newcastle University for entry in October 2008. The programme is designed to provide specialised training for physical and computational scientists (e.g. graduate physicists, chemists, engineers, mathematicians and computer scientists) wishing to apply their skills to a research neuroscience career.

For further details about the programme, please see

*Person Specification and Value of the Award*
Applicants should have, or expect to obtain, a first-class or upper-second-class Honours degree, or equivalent in a relevant area of physical sciences, for example physics, chemistry, engineering, mathematics or computer science. If English is not your first language, you must have a minimum of IELTS 7.5 or equivalent.

Each award covers tuition fees (at the UK/EU rate), an annual stipend, subject to review, of £17,442 (tax-free), research expenses, general training funds and some travel costs. International students may apply for this award, however they will need to source additional funds to cover their tuition fees.

*How to Apply*
Applicants should complete the University’s online application form. Please pay particular attention to the ‘personal statement’ section where the information supporting the application should include answers to the following questions:

- Why are you interested in this particular research programme?
- What skills (practical and theoretical) has your degree provided you with that you think will be directly relevant to this degree programme?

*You must also quote the reference number MINE002* and provide current contact details for TWO academic/professional referees at the end of the application form.

*Application deadline: 31st January 2008*

*Further Information
*For more information, please see
e-mail neurosciencepg-enquires[at]ncl.ac.uk