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Cardiff University DEFINE-funded PhD Studentship in Psychology, UK

Publish Date: Sep 13, 2016

Deadline: Sep 30, 2016

DEFINE-funded PhD in Psychology: Novel Genetic Models for Brain Disorders

Molecular genetics studies led by workers in Cardiff have revealed gene variants markedly increasing risk for psychiatric disorder. The current research opportunity will investigate how these genetic changes can translate into biological effects that increase disease risk. The work will focus on in vivo electrophysiological investigations of brain network activity and behaviour in novel rodent models. The research project will be embedded within a major strategic award from the Wellcome Trust based in Cardiff, DEFINE. DEFINE is a multidisciplinary programme that co-ordinates analyses of genetically driven disease targets across people and a range of animal and cellular model systems. The successful candidate will contribute to and benefit from close interactions with other members of the DEFINE programme who provide expertise in psychiatry, molecular genetics, human and animal imaging, behavioural neuroscience, electrophysiology and a range of stem cell based cellular approaches including ESC and iPSC methods. The work will be supervised by Professors Lawrence Wilkinson and Jeremy Hall in Cardiff and Dr Matt Jones in Bristol. Dr Jones is a key external collaborator on DEFINE and the in vivo electrophysiological investigations will be carried out in his lab in Bristol.


This studentship is generously funded by DEFINE and consists of full UK/EU tuition fees at UK/EU rate, as well as a Doctoral Stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum £14,296 p.a. for 2016/17. You will also receive a computer and office space. You will become a member of, and have access to courses offered by the University's Doctoral Academy.

One studentship is available.

Additional funding is avaiable for research expenses and conference attendance. Funding amount to be confirmed.


Academic criteria: The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic and innovative individual. You will have, or expect to gain, a first-class/good upper-second degree, or a distinction/merit at Master's level, in psychology, biology, neuroscience, or engineering/computer science. Research experience in electrophysiological and/or animal behaviour methods is desirable but not essential, as are programming skills. You will need to have good written and oral communication skills. In view of the limited number of awards and the very high standard of applications received, successful applicants are likely to have a very good first degree.

Residency: This studentship is open to students of any nationality. Students classified as international for fee purposes have to self-fund the difference between home and international fees.

How to Apply

Consideration is automatic on applying for the Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), with a start date ofJanuary 2017 via Cardiff University's Online Application Service. In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided. In the funding section, please select "I will be applying for a scholarship / grant" and specify that you are applying for advertised funding from DEFINE.

The deadline for applications is 30 September 2016.

Cardiff University reserves the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.

To APPLY click "Further official information" below and fill the application form.

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