Subject: Research Opportunities at the University of Plymouth From: Sue Denham <sue(at)SOC.PLYM.AC.UK> Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2003 13:25:49 -0000
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Centre for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience University of Plymouth, UK A Postdoctoral Research Fellowship is available for candidates who have just completed or are about to complete a PhD in a suitable area of study, to carry out research within the Centre for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience. The Fellowship will be for two years initially, at a salary level on the University's scales commensurate with experience and age. The Centre specialises in the application of rigorous quantitative, mathematical and physical approaches, including mathematical and computational modelling and psychophysics, to understanding information coding, processing, storage and transmission in the brain and its manifestation in perception and action. Areas of study include: visual and auditory perception and psychophysics; sensory-motor control, in particular oculomotor control; and mathematical and computational modelling of the cortical neural circuitry underlying perception, attention, learning and memory, and motor control. The appointed Research Fellow will work under the supervision of one of the following academic staff in the Centre: Prof Jochen Braun (vision); Dr Susan Denham (audition); Prof Chris Harris (sensory-motor control); Prof Roman Borisyuk (mathematical and computational modelling); Prof Mike Denham (mathematical and computational modelling). The Centre for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience is a new research centre in the University of Plymouth, emerging from the previous Centre for Neural and Adaptive Systems (http://www.tech.plym.ac.uk/soc/research/neural/research.html), where the home pages of the above academic staff can be found (the new centre's website is currently under construction). There is currently a thriving community of five postdocs and ten research students in the Centre, working in the above fields. The Centre has a number of externally-funded research programmes and strong international links, including with the Institute of Neuroinformatics at ETH, Zurich, and the Koch laboratory at Caltech. The Centre will be located from April 2003 in a brand new building complex on the University campus which will also house the departments of Computing, Psychology and Biological Sciences and part of the new Medical School. The new self-contained accommodation for the Centre will include office space for all academic staff, postdocs and research students, a library and meeting room, a 40-seater seminar room, and vision, audition and sensory-motor psychophysics labs. The University of Plymouth is one of the largest UK universities, with about 25,000 students, some 16,000 of which are accommodated in the city centre campus in Plymouth. It is located in a beautiful part of the southwest of England, close to outstanding countryside, moorland, river estuaries, historical towns and villages and excellent beaches, including some of the best surfing beaches in Europe. It also offers extensive water sports facilities, including diving and sailing. Interested applicants for this Research Fellowship should in the first instance send an email to the Head of the Centre, Professor Mike Denham (mdenham(at)plym.ac.uk), including a brief statement of research interests and a short curriculum vitae, plus postal address. Applicants will then be sent a formal application form. Note: The closing date for applications for the Research Fellowship is 31st March 2003. Research Scholarships Centre for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience University of Plymouth, UK A number of University Research Scholarships are available for students wishing to study for a PhD in the Centre starting in September/October 2003. The scholarships cover full tuition fees for three years plus an annual living-expenses stipend of £9000. Further support for living expenses is usually available via teaching assistantships. Interested applicants for these Research Scholarships must first make application to the University and to the Centre for admission to its PhD programme. Initially this can be done by sending an email to the Head of the Centre, Professor Mike Denham (mdenham(at)plym.ac.uk), including a brief statement of research interests and a short curriculum vitae, plus postal address. Applicants will then be sent formal admission application forms. Note: The closing date for University Scholarship applications is 31st March 2003. Applications for admission to the University's PhD programme should be made well in advance of this date, ideally by the end of February.