Connecting European Neuroscience

Ph.D. Student in Brighton/UK

29 July 2020

Ph.D. Student in Brighton/UK

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Applications are invited for a fully-funded PhD scholarship to undertake research in network neuroscience at the University of Sussex.

A number of conditions, such as Parkinson’s Disease, are referred to as ‘oscillopathies’ because there is evidence that some of their major symptoms are underpinned by pathological synchronisation of neurons in key networks. A promising form of treatment is that of online control of deep brain stimulation based on computational processing of brain signals. Therefore, new mathematical insights about how to detect and efficiently disrupt pathological processes can be rapidly translated to patient benefit. Using models of oscillations on networks, this project will seek to investigate the conditions (either on the oscillators themselves, or the connectivity, or factors that may frustrate the interplay between dynamics on and dynamics of the network) under which pathological oscillations in one small area of the brain can intermittently or otherwise ‘infect’ the wider network of the brain causing the pathological symptoms. This project will involve an active collaboration with Dr Simon Farmer at University College London (UCL). Start date is flexible.

This 3-year studentship includes student fees and a tax-free stipend starting at £15,285 per annum. It also comes with a generous Research Training Support Grant.

All nationalities are eligible to apply for this studentship.
You should have a first-class honour degree or equivalent, or an MSc degree (preferably), in Computer Science, Mathematics or Physics (or relevant disciplines). You will have (and enjoy using) strong analytical skills as well as excellent programming skills in at least one of Python, Matlab.

All applications must be made via where entry requirements are detailed. Please clearly state on your application form that you are applying for 'Dynamics on/of networks and oscillopathies'.

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Contract length:
3 years
University of Sussex
Sussex Neuroscience

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Luc Berthouze
Department of Informatics

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