Simons Initiative for the Developing Brain (SIDB) PhD Studentships

Simons Initiative for the Developing Brain (SIDB) PhD Studentships

 

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Simons Initiative for the Developing Brain

Applications are invited for four 3.5 year full-time fully funded PhD studentships spanning basic and translational brain sciences in the biological mechanisms underlying autism. These studentships represent an exceptional opportunity for well-qualified, motivated individuals to conduct new research in an expert and highly-supportive environment. 

Simons Initiative for the Developing Brain (SIDB)

SIDB (www.sidb.org.uk) is a philanthropic Centre funded by the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI, www.sfari.org). The over-arching purpose of SIDB is to discover the biological mechanisms underlying autism and to use this information to deliver rational therapeutic interventions. To achieve this, it brings together neuroscientists at the University of Edinburgh studying the brain at the level of molecules, cells, circuitry and behaviour, alongside clinical studies. This approach allows SIDB to address key aims in the study of autism:

  1. To determine whether there are critical periods during development when treatments are most effective and, if so, whether critical periods are treatment specific.
  2. To determine whether genetic convergence predicts convergence of phenotypic pathophysiology.
  3. To prepare deep-phenotyped trial ready cohorts.

The range of research themes within SIDB offer a unique opportunity to contribute to world-class research within autism studies. SIDB researchers within these research themes utilise a range of techniques to explore the biological mechanisms underlying autism. Students will have a principal and second supervisor to support and guide them towards submission of a PhD thesis within 3.5 years.

Funding

This is a Simons Initiative for the Developing Brain funded award. It will provide an annual stipend for 3.5 years of around £15,000 per year plus fees at Home/EU level.  

Eligibility

Applicants should have a good (2:1 or higher) undergraduate degree in a relevant subject (including, but not necessarily limited to, neuroscience, biomedical sciences, molecular biology or genetics). Applicants should also meet the entry requirements – including English language requirements – for admission to postgraduate programmes at the University of Edinburgh. The successful candidate will be based within the new Simons Initiative for the Developing Brain in the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine (CMVM) at the University of Edinburgh. They will join a vibrant, successful, highly-collaborative community of researchers across the University of Edinburgh examining the biological mechanisms underlying autism.

How to Apply and Deadline

The call for applications for 2018/19 entry has closed. The Call for applications for 2019/20 entry will open in the Autumn 2018. If you have an enquiry about the programme please email Dr Beverly Roberts (SIDB Scientific Administrator).