Neural mechanisms of kinship behaviour

Neural mechanisms of kinship behaviour

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Applications are invited for one 3.5 year full-time fully funded PhD studentship in the lab of Dr Ann Clemens within the Simons Initiative for the Developing Brain (SIDB) at the University of Edinburgh.

The research goals of this PhD project would involve study of the circuits underlying natural social behaviours with a focus on behaviour that is ethologically relevant for the animal. We have a particular interest in kinship behaviour, mate choice and mechanisms of kin recognition, attachment and social learning in developmental time points. Techniques would involve a combination of in vivo and in vitro electrophysiology, imaging as well as circuit mapping and behavioural analyses. Projects aim to understand the neural mechanisms that support social behaviour in the healthy brain which would lay a foundation for study in disease. Experience in, or willingness to learn quantitative analysis methods for physiology and behavior is encouraged.

Start time is flexible and can be discussed on a case-by-case basis but is anticipated for either Spring or Autumn 2021.

SIDB ( is a philanthropic Centre funded by the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (

For more information, contact Dr. Clemens with a CV and short description of the nature of your interest and see


This award provides an annual stipend for 3.5 years of £15,235 per annum (amended annually in line with annual RCUK percentage changes (currently based on the GDP deflator), plus fees at home/EU/international level.


Successful applicants should have, or expect to get, at least an upper 2nd class degree (University/Bachelor's degree or the foreign equivalent). Normally candidates will have a Master's degre, but entry from the Bachelor's level is also possible in exceptional cases. Candidtes should also meet the entry requirements for admission to postgraduate programmes at the University of Edinburgh (including England language proficiency).


Please email Beverly Roberts at to request an application form. Once you have completed the form you should return it direct, along with your references, to Dr Beverly Roberts at the same email address. Please contact Dr Clemens as well ( to discuss questions and the nature of your interest in the project.


The deadline for applications is 31st December 2020. Start time for the studentship is flexible but we anticipate a Spring or Autumn 2021 start. For more information contact Dr Clemens at and see


Primary Host Research Centre 
Funding Status of this Project 
This project will accept a self-funded student
Deadline for Application 
Thursday, 31 December, 2020
Research Area(s) 
Learning & memory
Translational Neuroscience