Vacancies and Studentships

The MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit provides an exceptional training and mentoring environment for students, postdoctoral researchers, support staff, academic clinicians and visiting scientists at all career levels and from all over the world. The MRC BNDU is an outward-looking and international community.
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MRC BRAIN NETWORK DYNAMICS UNIT, NUFFIELD DEPARTMENT OF CLINICAL NEUROSCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

MRC-FUNDED Ph.D. STUDENTSHIP in NEUROSCIENCE (MAGILL GROUP)

Applications are invited from UK or EU residents to join a multidisciplinary team of scientists studying the principles of operation of the basal ganglia and their partner brain circuits in both health and disease. The studentship is available from the start of academic year 2020/21 for 3 years and will be supervised by Professor Peter Magill at the MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit at the University of Oxford (MRC BNDU). The overall aim of the studentship project is to define the cellular mechanisms of neuronal circuit function and animal behaviour, and will involve the use of electrophysiological, anatomical, optogenetic, behavioural and/or advanced computational and statistical techniques. For further details about the project, contact Professor Peter Magill (peter.magill@pharm.ox.ac.uk) or see the Magill Group page.

Interested candidates should possess, or expect to receive, a 1st class or upper 2nd class degree (or equivalent) in a related scientific discipline, e.g. biological or physical sciences, medicine, computer science, engineering, mathematics. Previous experience in neuroscience research is essential.

The MRC BNDU is uniquely multidisciplinary, integrating exceptional research programmes that span clinical, experimental and computational neuroscience and bioengineering. The collective aim of the MRC BNDU is to understand the moment-to-moment interactions between nerve cells that are critical for brain functions, and to exploit these to develop novel therapies for disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.

This Ph.D. (D.Phil.) studentship is funded by the Medical Research Council. To normally be eligible for a full award (stipend in addition to fees), a student must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship. For further details about the MRC studentship funding and eligibility requirements for full and fees-only awards, please see: https://mrc.ukri.org/skills-careers/studentships/studentship-guidance/

To be considered for this studentship, please submit an application for admission to the D.Phil. in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences (course code RD_CU1), following the guidance at https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/dphil-clinical-neurosciences?wssl=1. On the application form, in the section headed ‘Departmental Studentship Applications’, please indicate that you are applying for a studentship and enter the reference code for a MRC BNDU studentship "20CLINNEURO02WEB".

The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday UK time on Friday 10th January 2020.

Short-listed applicants will be interviewed on the 29th and 30th January 2020.

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MRC BRAIN NETWORK DYNAMICS UNIT, NUFFIELD DEPARTMENT OF CLINICAL NEUROSCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

MRC-FUNDED Ph.D. STUDENTSHIP in NEUROSCIENCE (TAN GROUP)

Applications are invited from UK or EU residents to join a multidisciplinary team of scientists studying brain computer interfaces in order to improve quality of life for people with neurological disorders. The studentship is available from the start of academic year 2020/21 for 3 years and will be supervised by Dr Huiling Tan at the MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit at the University of Oxford (MRC BNDU). The overall aim of the studentship project is to investigate the function of frequency-specific neural oscillations in decision-making and motor control in both health and disease through behavioural experiments with electrophysiological recordings and controlled neural stimulation in humans. The project will also involve identifying and extracting features in electrophysiological signals in real-time, as well as the design, implementation and test of closed-loop neuromodulation strategies to interact with pathological brain activities for better treatment of symptoms. For further details about the project, contact Dr Huiling Tan (huiling.tan@ndcn.ox.ac.uk) or see the Tan Group page.

Interested candidates should possess, or expect to receive, a 1st class or upper 2nd class degree (or equivalent) in a related scientific discipline, e.g. biological or physical sciences, medicine, computer science, engineering, mathematics. Previous experience in neuroscience research is essential.

The MRC BNDU is uniquely multidisciplinary, integrating exceptional research programmes that span clinical, experimental and computational neuroscience and bioengineering. The collective aim of the MRC BNDU is to understand the moment-to-moment interactions between nerve cells that are critical for brain functions, and to exploit these to develop novel therapies for disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.

This Ph.D. (D.Phil.) studentship is funded by the Medical Research Council. To normally be eligible for a full award (stipend in addition to fees), a student must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship. For further details about the MRC studentship funding and eligibility requirements for full and fees-only awards, please see: https://mrc.ukri.org/skills-careers/studentships/studentship-guidance/

To be considered for this studentship, please submit an application for admission to the D.Phil. in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences (course code RD_CU1), following the guidance at https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/dphil-clinical-neurosciences?wssl=1. On the application form, in the section headed ‘Departmental Studentship Applications’, please indicate that you are applying for a studentship and enter the reference code for a BNDU studentship "20CLINNEURO02WEB".

The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday UK time on Friday 10th January 2020.

Short-listed applicants will be interviewed on the 29th and 30th January 2020.

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MRC BRAIN NETWORK DYNAMICS UNIT, NUFFIELD DEPARTMENT OF CLINICAL NEUROSCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

MRC-FUNDED Ph.D. STUDENTSHIP in NEUROSCIENCE (DENISON GROUP & TAN GROUP)

Applications are invited from UK or EU residents to join a multidisciplinary team of scientists studying brain computer interfaces in order to improve quality of life for people with neurological disorders. The studentship is available from the start of academic year 2020/21 for 3 years and will be jointly supervised by Professor Timothy Denison and Dr Huiling Tan at the MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit at the University of Oxford (MRC BNDU). The overall aim of the studentship project is to 1) design and apply instrumentation to identify and extract features in electrophysiological signals in real-time as feedback signals for closed-loop neuromodulation; 2) design and test different model-based multi-variate closed-loop control algorithms in Simulink; and 3) validate different control algorithms using custom hardware-in-the-loop for testing in patients. For further details about the project, contact Professor Tim Denison (timothy.denison@eng.ox.ac.uk) and Dr Huiling Tan (huiling.tan@ndcn.ox.ac.uk), or see the Denison Group page and Tan Group page.

Interested candidates should possess, or expect to receive, a 1st class or upper 2nd class degree (or equivalent) in a related scientific discipline, e.g. control engineering, engineering science, biological or physical sciences, medicine, computer science, mathematics. Previous experience in neuroscience research is essential.

The MRC BNDU is uniquely multidisciplinary, integrating exceptional research programmes that span clinical, experimental and computational neuroscience and bioengineering. The collective aim of the MRC BNDU is to understand the moment-to-moment interactions between nerve cells that are critical for brain functions, and to exploit these to develop novel therapies for disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.

This Ph.D. (D.Phil.) studentship is funded by the Medical Research Council. To normally be eligible for a full award (stipend in addition to fees), a student must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship. For further details about the MRC studentship funding and eligibility requirements for full and fees-only awards, please see: https://mrc.ukri.org/skills-careers/studentships/studentship-guidance/.

To be considered for this studentship, please submit an application for admission to the D.Phil. in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences (course code RD_CU1), following the guidance at https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/dphil-clinical-neurosciences?wssl=1. On the application form, in the section headed ‘Departmental Studentship Applications’, please indicate that you are applying for a studentship and enter the reference code for a BNDU studentship "20CLINNEURO02WEB".

The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday UK time on Friday 10th January 2020.

Short-listed applicants will be interviewed on the 29th and 30th January 2020.

HR Awards
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MRC BRAIN NETWORK DYNAMICS UNIT, NUFFIELD DEPARTMENT OF CLINICAL NEUROSCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

MRC-FUNDED Ph.D. STUDENTSHIP in NEUROSCIENCE (DUPRET GROUP)

Applications are invited from UK or EU residents to join a multidisciplinary team of scientists studying brain network mechanisms supporting memory-guided behaviour. The studentship is available from the start of academic year 2020/21 for 3 years and will be supervised by Dr David Dupret at the MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit at the University of Oxford (MRC BNDU). The overall aim of the studentship project is to investigate the temporal coordination and dynamic interaction of neuronal activities distributed across multiple memory circuits. In this project, the student will first conduct neurophysiology experiments combining in vivo brain activity recordings with (closed-loop) optogenetic interventions in behaving mice, focusing on maladaptive memories caused by experience of drugs of abuse. The student will then conduct multivariate data analyses of the recorded spike trains and local field potentials to reveal the neuronal correlates underlying drug-seeking behaviour. For further details about the project, contact Dr Dupret (david.dupret@pharm.ox.ac.uk) or see the Dupret Group page.

Interested candidates should possess, or expect to receive, a 1st class or upper 2nd class degree (or equivalent) in a related scientific discipline, e.g. biology, physics, medicine, computer science, engineering, mathematics. Previous experience in neuroscience research (notably using rodent behaviour) as well as data analysis (notably using Python) is essential.

The MRC BNDU is uniquely multidisciplinary, integrating exceptional research programmes that span clinical, experimental and computational neuroscience and bioengineering. The collective aim of the MRC BNDU is to understand the moment-to-moment interactions between nerve cells that are critical for brain functions, and to exploit these to develop novel therapies for disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.

This Ph.D. (D.Phil.) studentship is funded by the Medical Research Council. To normally be eligible for a full award (stipend in addition to fees), a student must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship. For further details about the MRC studentship funding and eligibility requirements for full and fees-only awards, please see: https://mrc.ukri.org/skills-careers/studentships/studentship-guidance/.

To be considered for this studentship, please submit an application for admission to the D.Phil. in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences (course code RD_CU1), following the guidance at https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/dphil-clinical-neurosciences?wssl=1. On the application form, in the section headed ‘Departmental Studentship Applications’, please indicate that you are applying for a studentship and enter the reference code for a BNDU studentship "20CLINNEURO02WEB".

The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday UK time on Friday 10th January 2020.

Short-listed applicants will be interviewed on the 29th and 30th January 2020.

HR Awards
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MRC BRAIN NETWORK DYNAMICS UNIT, NUFFIELD DEPARTMENT OF CLINICAL NEUROSCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

MRC-FUNDED Ph.D. STUDENTSHIP in NEUROSCIENCE (SHAROTT GROUP & CAGNAN GROUP)

Applications are invited from UK or EU residents to join a multidisciplinary team of scientists developing novel brain stimulation methods to modulate plasticity in cortico-basal ganglia circuits. The studentship is available from the start of academic year 2020/21 for 3 years and will be supervised by Associate Professor Andrew Sharott and Dr Hayriye Cagnan at the MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit at the University of Oxford (MRC BNDU). The overall aim of the studentship project is to discover specific spatiotemporal patterns of cortical stimulation that can bidirectionally modulate cortico-basal ganglia plasticity, with a view to inspiring innovative therapeutics for neurological and psychiatric disorders.  This will involve the student conducting neurophysiology experiments in rodents, combining recordings of brain activity in vivo with electrical or optogenetic stimulation paradigms. The student will work together with other members of the Sharott and Cagnan Groups to optimise these stimulation techniques and evaluate their effects on established behavioural paradigms. For further details about the project, contact Dr Sharott (andrew.sharott@pharm.ox.ac.uk) and Dr Cagnan (hayriye.cagnan@ndcn.ox.ac.uk), or see the Sharott Group page and Cagnan Group page.

Interested candidates should possess, or expect to receive, a 1st class or upper 2nd class degree (or equivalent) in a related scientific discipline, e.g. biology, physics, medicine, computer science, engineering, mathematics. Previous experience in neuroscience research is essential.

The MRC BNDU is uniquely multidisciplinary, integrating exceptional research programmes that span clinical, experimental and computational neuroscience and bioengineering. The collective aim of the MRC BNDU is to understand the moment-to-moment interactions between nerve cells that are critical for brain functions, and to exploit these to develop novel therapies for disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.

This Ph.D. (D.Phil.) studentship is funded by the Medical Research Council. To normally be eligible for a full award (stipend in addition to fees), a student must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship. For further details about the MRC studentship funding and eligibility requirements for full and fees-only awards, please see: https://mrc.ukri.org/skills-careers/studentships/studentship-guidance/.

To be considered for this studentship, please submit an application for admission to the D.Phil. in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences (course code RD_CU1), following the guidance at https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/dphil-clinical-neurosciences?wssl=1. On the application form, in the section headed ‘Departmental Studentship Applications’, please indicate that you are applying for a studentship and enter the reference code for a BNDU studentship "20CLINNEURO02WEB".

The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday UK time on Friday 10th January 2020.

Short-listed applicants will be interviewed on the 29th and 30th January 2020.

HR Awards