Connecting European Neuroscience

Ph.D. Student in Glasgow/UK

15 January 2019

Ph.D. Student in Glasgow/UK

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A fully funded 3-year PhD studentship is available to work with Dr Shuzo Sakata at the University of Strathclyde.

The brain is never at rest: the activity state of the brain constantly changes over multiple timescales. Over the last decades, the role of ongoing brain activity in various brain functions has been intensively explored with a variety of experimental and theoretical/computational approaches. However, we still lack an integrative understanding of how global brain states change over multiple timescales, from milliseconds to months or years, and how such state changes affect brain functions, in particular sensory processing. Our research group concerns this fundamental issue in systems neuroscience.

In this PhD project, we will investigate age-related and cell-type-specific changes in neural ensembles in the mouse auditory system. By applying advanced statistical approaches including deep learning, we will analyse a large amount of neurophysiological data, which has been collected from the mouse central auditory system across age. This project will provide further insight into state-dependent and cell-type-specific information processing in the brain over multiple timescales.

In this project, data analysis with computer programs (e.g., Python, MATLAB) is an essential component. A successful candidate should have or expect to have an Honours Degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in Computational Neuroscience, Data Science, Computer Science, Statistics or related fields. During their PhD, they will also have an excellent opportunity to learn about state-of-the-art in vivo experimental approaches as well as neurotechnology.

In the first instance, candidates may send their application to Dr Shuzo Sakata (, including a CV and cover letter, detailing their motivation for this particular PhD project and their career goal.

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3 years
University of Strathclyde
Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

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Shuzo Sakata
161 Cathedral Street, Glasgow G4 0RE, UK

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