PhD Studentship: Distributed neural processing of self-generated visual input in a vertebrate brain (2018)

PhD studentships in Systems Neuroscience are available in the groups of Dr Christopher L Buckley (Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems Group) and Prof. Leon Lagnado (Neuroscience group) at the University of Sussex on the BBSRC funded project " Distributed neural processing of self-generated visual input in a vertebrate brain". In this project, we will characterise the neural circuit interactions between the sensory and motor systems using 2p and light-sheet microscopy to image neural activity across the whole brain of zebrafish larvae behaving in a virtual reality environment (Nature. 2013;493: 466-468). This setup will allow us to approach foundational questions concerning the biological basis of sensorimotor cognition, see for more details.

We are looking for ambitious candidates with computational, physics, math or engineering backgrounds who want to combine theory and modeling with cutting edge experimental neuroscience. This position is particularly suited to those with some experience with computational neuroscience.

Informal enquiries can be made to Chris Buckley ( or Leon Lagnado ( Sussex Neuroscience is one of the foremost centers for Neuroscience research in the UK and the University of Sussex has a beautiful campus on the outskirts of the lively South Coast town of Brighton.

Type of award

Postgraduate Research


£14,553 tax free stipend plus UK/EU fees waiver.


You will have, or will be about to obtain a 1st or 2:1 UK Bachelor's, or an MSc degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject. Applicants with significant relevant non-academic experience are also encouraged to apply.

The Scholarship includes a three year stipend at a standard rate (currently £14,553 per annum) and, in addition, fees at the UK/EU rate. Since the scholarship only covers fees at the UK/EU rate, overseas applicants are kindly requested to state in their application how they propose to cover the difference between UK/EU and overseas fees (for more details visit:


5 March 2018 23:59 (GMT)

How to apply

Please apply for a PhD in Informatics through the post-graduate application system of the University of Sussex ( Please include a brief statement of your scientific interests and skills/experience in the mandatory "research proposal", including how you would imagine your role in the project (max 2 pages) and include a full CV. Indicate Dr Christopher L Buckley as your preferred advisor and clearly state the title of the studentship. When you apply, please send a copy of your application documents to and

Contact us

Contact for informal enquiries: Dr Christopher L Buckley,


The deadline is 05/03/2018.


At level(s):
PG (research)

Application deadline:
5 March 2018 23:59 (GMT)
the deadline has now expired