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PhD studentships available

Two PhD student positions in Neuroscience are available at the University of Sussex from 1 February 2020.

Project

The PhD positions will develop within the project “Peripheral Olfactory Coding: Information Processing outside the Brain” funded by the Leverhulme Trust. This project will investigate early olfactory coding in the model system of the fruit fly Drosophila. Our aim is to test the hypothesis that one key element underlying odour object recognition are non-synaptic interactions between receptor neurons, i.e. information pre-processing outside the brain. Successful candidates will work in one of two areas, depending on interest: Single sensillum recordings (SSRs) on olfactory receptors or behavioural experiments in a wind tunnel. They will be involved in the entire work from experimental design, practical experimentation, selection and execution of data analysis and, depending on interest, computational interpretation in models. You will work closely with Dr Mario Pannunzi, Prof Thomas Nowotny and Prof George Kemenes on this project.

Candidate Requirements

Candidates should have an MSc or equivalent in natural sciences, ideally in the area of Neuroscience, Physics, Chemistry or Biology. In addition, strong analytical skills and fluency in English are essential for this project. Interest and skills to work in a multi-disciplinary and extensively networked project are important. PhD Salary UK/EU fees and a living allowance in line with UK Research Council rates, currently £15,009 in 2019-20 and rising in line with inflation in future years.

Work environment

You will join the exciting interdisciplinary environment of Sussex Neuroscience and the Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics , within which you will work in the groups of Profs Nowotny and Kemenes. Colleagues in the groups work on diverse topics ranging from learning and memory in lymnaea stagnalis (pond snail) to the “Brains on Board project”, seeking to emulate bee brains as robotic controllers for navigation. The University of Sussex provides an extremely rich research environment and training opportunities for doctoral researchers. The University is situated in Downs National Park at the edge of the vibrant coastal city of Brighton, known for its cultural richness, tolerance and diversity. The city offers a multitude of cultural activities, a colourful nightlife and is only an hour on the train away from the metropole of London.

How to apply

Please apply through https://www.sussex.ac.uk/pgapplication/ selecting “Neuroscience PhD” and Thomas Nowotny as the preferred supervisor. Please include a recent CV detailing your academic record and your research experience and a statement of motivation in your application. (At this stage you do not need to upload copies of your diplomas or letters of reference. These we will requested if we decide to further pursue your application.)

Further inquiries

Please contact: Dr. Mario Pannunzi, project co-supervisor, m.pannunzi@sussex.ac.uk or Prof. Thomas Nowotny, project supervisor, t.nowotny@sussex.ax.uk

Application deadline

Application before 12 December 2019 will receive full consideration but the position will remain open for applications until filled.

You can also look at the University advert page for the positions.

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