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Ph.D. Student in Guildford/UK

02 February 2016

Ph.D. Student in Guildford/UK

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Application are invited from UK and EU residents to join a multidisciplinary team of scientists studying the interaction between sleep, circadian rhythms and cognitive functions within the Sleep Research Centre at the University of Surrey. The studentship is available from academic year 2016/17 for 3 years and is fully funded through the School of Biosciences and Medicine.

Sleep is a fundamental behaviour known to play a critical role in experience-dependent brain plasticity during both development and adulthood. Convergent evidence in humans and animals further suggests that periods of sleep are particularly beneficial for the consolidation part, a process that stabilizes the changes in neuronal connexions induced by experience. Our recent findings suggest an important link between sleep and “local translation” at synapses. Interestingly, local translation is known to be critical for many forms of neural plasticity consolidation, including memory, but has never been studied in the context of sleep.

The PhD candidate will use a combination of molecular, genetic/optogenetic, EEG, and behavioural techniques to characterize the influence of different brain states and learning on the amount and identity of translated mRNAs at synapses.
Applicants must be highly motivated and willing to pursue research and develop skills across disciplines. The ideal candidate will have a Master’s degree in Neuroscience or related fields. A strong background in molecular biology and/or experience with sleep analysis is an advantage.

The anticipated start date will be in October 2016 .The studentship includes (i) stipend of approximately £14,000 per annum, (ii) research costs, (iii) tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. The studentship is available to UK and EU students.

Please send your application (cover letter detailing the motivation for the proposed project, CV, and the names/addresses of two referees) per email to: Julie Seibt (

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3 years
University of Surrey
Department of Biochemical Sciences

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Julie Seibt
NeuroCure Cluster of Excellence
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Berlin 10117

Surrey Sleep Research Centre
University of Surrey
Guildford GU2 7XP
0049 30 450 539178

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