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PhD in Psychology: Mapping subicular mnemonic circuitry

Key facts

Application deadline 30 June 2019
Start date 1 October 2019
Duration 3 years
Level of study Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship
Number of studentships 1

This project will reveal not only how subicular neurons encode space during learning but also how it participates at the systems level in memory formation.

The formation of memory for places and events represents a systems level process that engages multiple brain regions, coordinated by the hippocampus and subiculum. In order to understand how this is achieved, it is necessary to know how networks of cells encode memories.

Based in the O’Neill lab, the successful candidate will use in-vivo multichannel (64-256) electrophysiology to record the activity of subicular neurons in behaving rodents as well as optogenetics to trace where in the brain the recorded cells project to.

The results will have relevance not only for how the healthy brain performs these fundamental cognitive processes but will be crucial for understanding the mechanisms underlying disruptions of memory in disease.

The School of Psychology is one of the largest and most successful in the UK and we are dedicated to providing a dynamic and stimulating learning environment informed by our leading research in psychology and neuroscience.

Our excellent standard of research and teaching has been recognised in every research assessment exercise. Our facilities offer unique opportunities for complementary and collaborative studies across methodologies to address novel research questions.

Our research labs are equipped with the state-of-the-art facilities to address key questions of basic and clinical neuroscience, and our research facilities include one of Europe’s most powerful brain scanners, as well as a purpose-built environment for patients and volunteers taking part in medical research and clinical trials.

Interested applicants should direct inquiries to: Dr. Joseph O’Neill.

Supervisors

Contact

Clair Southard

Administrative contact

Funding details

Tuition fee support Full UK/EU tuition fees
Maintenance stipend Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum

Eligibility criteria

Residency UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply
Academic criteria

As only one studentship is available and a very high standard of applications is typically received, the successful applicant is likely to have a very good first degree (a First or Upper Second class BSc Honours or equivalent) and/or be distinguished by having relevant research experience.

As well as considering applicants with a background in psychology/neuroscience, candidates with an interest in neuroscience and a background in maths, engineering or computer science are also encouraged to apply.

Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements. To be eligible for the full award, EU Nationals must have been in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the course for which they are seeking funding, including for the purposes of full-time education. EU Nationals who do not meet the above residency requirement are eligible for a fees only award, provided that they have been ordinarily resident in the EU for at least 3 years prior to the start of their proposed programme of study.

Contact

Clair Southard

Administrative contact

Consideration is automatic upon application for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with an October 2019 start date.

Please include your CV and a personal statement in support of your application.

In the "Research proposal and Funding" section of your online application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided.

Please select “No, I am not self-funding my research” when asked whether you are self-funding your research.

Please add ‘PhD in Psychology: Mapping subicular mnemonic circuity' when asked "Please provide the name of the funding you are applying for".

We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.

Contact

Clair Southard

Administrative contact

Join us on Friday 5 July to find out more about postgraduate funding opportunities for September 2019.

Eligible research programmes