PhD Studentship in Reverse-engineering invertebrate neural circuits

University of Cambridge - Department of Engineering

In collaboration with leading experimental invertebrate neurobiologists (Zlatic Group, HHMI Janelia & Department of Zoology at Cambridge) this project will apply control engineering methods to develop a real-time tracking and analysis platform for studying Drosophila larva nervous system function using an automated fluorescent microscope. We will use cutting-edge optogenetic tools to stimulate neural circuits and monitor neural activity and behaviour, then analyse and interpret experimental data using computational models of neural circuits.

Applicants should have (or expect to obtain by the start date) at least a good 2.1 degree (and preferably a Master’s degree) in Engineering, Bioengineering or a related subject. Interest in Neuroscience is essential and some knowledge of neurophysiology would be useful.

This EPSRC funded studentship is available for Home and EU students. Home students and certain EU students will receive a full studentship including fees and Maintenance. EU students will receive a fees only award. Details on eligibility can be found of EPSRC Web site: Overseas students are not eligible and should not apply

For further information and an informal discussion please contact Dr Timothy O'Leary,

Applications should be made on-line via the Cambridge Graduate Admissions Office before the deadline: with D Timothy O'Leary identified as the potential supervisor

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

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