Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in Jenny Read’s lab at Newcastle University, UK, starting in September 2008. Dr Read’s research combines human psychophysics and computational modelling to address the neuronal basis of stereopsis (see for example Read & Cumming 2007 Nature Neurosci 10:1322). The successful candidate will have a good degree in a science subject, ideally one towards the mathematical end of the spectrum.

Newcastle’s Institute of Neuroscience forms one of the largest neuroscience communities in the UK. Research within the Institute was awarded the maximum 5* score on the last RAE (UK national Research Assessment Exercise). It is housed in the modern, attractive Henry Wellcome Building, built with an £8 million Joint Infrastructure Fund award. The historic city of Newcastle on the River Tyne boasts a vibrant cultural, leisure, sporting and nightlife scene, within easy reach of the beautiful Northumbrian countryside and coast.
The studentship is funded by Newcastle’s Institute of Neuroscience, and is open to students of any nationality. It provides a stipend at the BBSRC rate (currently £12,600 per annum), plus tuition fees at the EU rate. Non-EU candidates are eligible but will need additional funding. Newcastle provides a limited number of Overseas Research Scholarships to cover the additional fees payable by non-EU candidates, but the closing date for these is end of Feb 2008, so candidates who would require one of these should contact Dr Read as soon as possible.
For more information and details on how to apply, visit

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