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3-year PhD studentship at the UCL Ear Institute

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UCL Ear Institute

3-year PhD studentship funded by the Royal National Institute for the Deaf


A 3 year PhD studentship funded by the Royal National Institute for the Deaf is available at the UCL Ear Institute, a multi-disciplinary facility with the remit of “understanding hearing and fighting deafness”. The studentship will investigate brain mechanisms contributing to perception of tinnitus.


This project is intended to gain a better understanding of the neural mechanisms that lead to the development of tinnitus – the perception of sound in the absence of any sound source. The goal is to identify a minimal trigger for tinnitus, and to examine evidence for a common mechanism of tinnitus development with and without apparent hearing loss. Using experimental animal models, the project aims to determine whether relevant neuro-plastic changes potentially underlying the emergence of tinnitus arise at the level of the auditory midbrain. By identifying a mechanism, and pinpointing where in the brain it might be located, it is possible to conceive of targeted treatment strategies aimed at alleviating and abolishing this often debilitating condition.


The successful graduate is expected to have an interest in neuroscience/physiology with at least an upper second class honours degree from a UK university, or the equivalent in another EU country. The project will start on October 1st 2011 and is based at the UCL Ear Institute, part of UCL’s School of Life and Medical Sciences.


For an informal discussion please contact the project supervisors:

Professor David McAlpine (Tel: 020 7679 8938, email: d.mcalpine@xxxxxxxxx)

Dr Roland Schaette (Tel: 020 7679 8946, email: r.schaette@xxxxxxxxx)


Funding Notes

3 year Royal National Institute for the Deaf Studentship.

The studentship is tenable for 3 years from October 2011. The award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and an annual stipend of £18,435 per annum. International students may apply but they will need to be able to source additional funding to meet the difference in cost between UK/EU tuition fees and international fees.


To apply, please send, by email, a curriculum vitae, an overview of your research interests, and the names of at least two referees by Wednesday 31st August 2011 to:

Professor David McAlpine

UCL Ear Institute

332 Grays’ Inn Road

London, WC1X 8EE

Tel. +44 (0)20 7679 8938

Email:  d.mcalpine@xxxxxxxxx