Monday, January 28, 2013

[Comp-neuro] EU/UK PhD studentships in Neuroinformatics and Computational Neuroscience

Second-round applications for fully-funded PhD studentships at the
University of Edinburgh Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) in
Neuroinformatics and Computational Neuroscience are now being
considered. The DTC is a world-class centre for research at the
interface between neuroscience and the engineering, computational, and
physical sciences.

Our four-year programme is ideal for students with strong
computational and analytical skills who want to employ cutting-edge
methodology to advance research in neuroscience and related fields, or
to apply ideas from neuroscience to computational problems. The first
year consists of courses in neuroscience and informatics, as well as
lab projects. This is followed by a three-year PhD project done in
collaboration with one of the many departments and institutes
affiliated with the DTC.

Current DTC PhD topics fall into five main areas:

* Computational neuroscience: Using analytical and computational
models, potentially supplemented with experiments, to gain
quantitative understanding of the nervous system. Many projects
focus on the development and function of sensory and motor systems
in animals, including neural coding, learning, and memory.

* Biomedical imaging algorithms and tools: Using advanced data
analysis techniques, such as machine learning and Bayesian
approaches, for imaging-based diagnosis and research.

* Cognitive science: Studying human cognitive processes and analysing
them in computational terms.

* Neuromorphic engineering: Using insights from neuroscience to help
build better hardware, such as neuromorphic VLSI circuits and robots
that perform robustly under natural conditions.

* Software systems and applications: Using discoveries from
neuroscience to develop software that can handle real-world data,
such as video, audio, or speech.

Other related areas of research are also encouraged. Edinburgh has a
large, world-class research community in these areas and leads the UK
in creating a coherent programme in neuroinformatics and computational
neuroscience. The University of Edinburgh was ranked 21st worldwide
in the latest QS World University Rankings, and the School of
Informatics is the largest and highest-ranked computing department in
the UK. Edinburgh has often been voted 'best place to live in
Britain', and has many exciting cultural and student activities.

Students with a strong background in computer science, mathematics,
physics, or engineering are particularly encouraged to apply. Highly
motivated students with other backgrounds will also be considered.

Studentships include a stipend of 14,385-17,782 UK pounds/year along
with research and travel costs. They are available to UK or other EU
citizens who have been residing in the UK for the past three years
(whether for work or for education); see our web site for full
details. Other applicants can be considered if they provide their own
funding, typically via a scholarship from their country of origin.

Applications are now being accepted for September 2013
entry. Applications must be complete by 30th March 2013 to receive
full consideration for the remaining studentships, and will be
considered for interviews in April.

Further information and application forms can be obtained from:

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in
Scotland, with registration number SC005336.

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