Research on the biological basis of mind and behavior
Call for Applications/2009
Applications from independent thinkers with curiosity, creativity and drive from all backgrounds are sought to join the International Neuroscience Doctoral Programme at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC), outside Lisbon, Portugal.

Successful applicants will demonstrate ability to tackle great intellectual challenges, to learn new skills and ways of thinking, and to work passionately as part of a research team. Predoctoral training in quantitative disciplines (e.g. physics, mathematics, computer science), biological sciences (e.g. biology, medicine, bioengineering) or related fields is important. Previous research experience is desirable but not required.
Selected students will receive one year of intensive training led by distinguished local and international researchers, participating in hands-on projects, symposia and workshops. Topics of instruction include molecular biology and biophysics, ecology and evolution, development and learning, sensory and motor systems, and computational and cognitive neuroscience and will provide a broad foundation for innovative and transdisciplinary work in basic or applied neuroscience.
The IGC is a dynamic international research environment hosting 200 scientists and PhD students in diverse fields of biology and biomedicine. This PhD Programme, supported by the Foundation for Science and Technology, is part of a new and growing research programme – the Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme at the IGC, with a focus on understanding the neural circuits and systems underlying mind and behaviour. Portuguese nationals will also be eligible to perform research at selected laboratories throughout the world.
Full tuition and stipend for 4 years of study for successful applicants is available through support by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), the Champalimaud Foundation, and the Gulbenkian Foundation.
The deadline for applications is 30 April 2009. Complete application procedures and program information are available at .

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