[visionlist] PhD position/s at Centre for Systems Neuroscience – University of Leicester, UK

***apologies for multiple postings***

Fully Funded PhD Studentships (for UK/EU candidates only)
Centre for Systems Neuroscience, University of Leicester, UK.

The Centre for Systems Neuroscience at the University of Leicester, UK, offers up to 2, 3-Year Fully Funded (stipend plus fees) PhD positions for UK/EU candidates. The project involves the study single cell recordings in humans – performed in epileptic patients for curative surgery – with Prof. Rodrigo Quian Quiroga.

The project will investigate concept cells (a.k.a. Jennifer Aniston neurons) – that means, neurons in the hippocampus and surrounding areas that selectively fire to specific concepts, like different pictures and the written or spoken name of a particular person (e.g. Quian Quiroga et al, Nature 2005; Quian Quiroga Nature Reviews Neuroscience 2012), which are involved in declarative memory functions. The successful candidate will contribute to performing recordings with patients in collaborating hospitals and the analysis of the data to investigate the role of these neurons in memory formation.

Candidates should have excellent quantitative skills (data processing, and programing in Matlab), a strong background in neuroscience and, ideally, good experience with neurophysiology recordings. They should be able to work both independently and as part of a research team within the Centre for System Neuroscience at Leicester and with our external collaborators.

For a description of the research activities at the Centre for Systems Neuroscience, see: http://www.le.ac.uk/csn

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Valeria Zonato, Research Centre Manager, vz12@le.ac.uk or 0116 252 3249. Interested candidates should send their curriculum vitae and a brief description of their scientific interests to Valeria Zonato (vz12@le.ac.uk).

The closing date for the applications is Monday 12 June 2017.

Starting date will be in September 2017.

Rodrigo Quian Quiroga
Centre for Systems Neuroscience
University of Leicester


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