Sussex Neuroscience


Are you interested in finding things out for yourself? Do you want to be involved in cutting-edge research?

If the answer to these questions is yes and you have the commitment to do research leading to a PhD, start by looking at the work of the groups in the different research themes.  If you find groups that are working on the types of question that might interest you, we encourage you to make contact with the Group Leaders with any questions that you might have, and to establish whether there may be a suitable project, before making a formal application. You will find their contact details on their research webpages.

Please note that for a standard PhD you will enter directly into a particular lab; this is NOT the same as the 4-Year PhD Programme. To apply to the 4-Year PhD Programme, please see the 4-Year PhD page for more details.

Funded PhD studentships currently advertised across Sussex Neuroscience:

**NEW** Dual PhD studentships at Sussex and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (two years at each institution).

1: Dr Ruth Murrell-Lagnado & Dr Yusong Guo: Regulation of P2X7-purinoreceptor ER export and trafficking to the plasma membrane. Deadline: May 1st 2018.

2: Prof Claudio Alonso & Prof Andrew Miller: From genes to movement: the role of microRNA regulation during the development of motor circuitry in flies and fish. Deadline: May 1st 2018.

**NEW** Prof Louise Serpell: The dynamics of protein/peptide self-assembly in stress granules related to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. Deadline: March 2nd 2018.

Dr Majid Hafezparast: Unravelling dynein-microtubule mediated long-distance intracellular transport: From experiments to mathematics and back. Deadline: March 2nd 2018.

Professor Leon Lagnado and Dr. Tom Baden: Encoding information at the first synapse in the visual pathway. Deadline 5th March. This project is offered through a new Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme, also advertized on FindAPhD.

Prof Mara Cercignani and Prof Peter Kruger: Functional bio-magnetic imaging using high-sensitivity quantum magnetometers and advanced MRI.

Dr Tom Baden and Prof Daniel Osorio: Colour vision in birds. Deadline: open call.

Funded studentships on the Brains on Board project: combining behavioural and electrophysological experiments with computational neuroscience and robotic modelling to gain unprecedented insight into the brains and learning mechanisms of bees. Please contact Paul Graham directly to apply:

Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme: From Sensation and Perception to Awareness. Deadline: March 5th 2018.

Dr Chris Buckley and Prof Leon Lagnado: Distributed neural processing of self-generated visual input in a vertebrate brain. This project will investigate the neural circuits involved in the interactions between the sensory and motor systems using light-sheet microscopy to image neural activity across the brain of live zebrafish behaving in virtual reality environments. It involves computational modelling and “big-data” analysis as well as experiments and thus would particularly suit students with a background in the physical or computational sciences. Applications will be conside red on a rolling basis. For more information and application instructions, visit the Buckley project page.

You are welcome to submit applications to more than one course.

How to apply for a standard PhD

If you are applying to an advertised studentship, please follow the instructions on the relevant advert (links to advertised studentships will appear above when they become available).

For general information about PhD availability, please note whether the Group Leader you want to do a PhD project with belongs to a School within the University of Sussex (Life Sciences, Psychology or Informatics), or to the Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS).

University of Sussex: For general information about PhD availability we recommend that you contact the supervisor first by email.

Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS): Applications are made through the University of Brighton. Please see the Postgraduate Research Degrees page for general information, and follow the "Applying" link to make your application.

Please note that for standard PhDs there are three possible entry points per year, in January, May and September (University of Sussex) or January, May and October (Brighton and Sussex Medical School). However, funded studentships are likely to have specific deadlines and start dates.