Mapping subicular mnemonic circuitry

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    Cardiff University
    United Kingdom
    Social sciences


The formation of memory for places and events represents a systems level process that engages multiple brain regions, coordinated by the hippocampus and subiculum. In order to understand how this is achieved, it is necessary to know how networks of cells encode memories. Based in the O’Neill lab, the successful candidate will use in-vivo multichannel (64-256) electrophysiology to record the activity of subicular neurons in behaving rodents as well as optogenetics to trace where in the brain the recorded cells project to. In doing so, this project will reveal not only how subicular neurons encode space during learning but also how it participates at the systems level in memory formation. The results will have relevance not only for how the healthy brain performs these fundamental cognitive processes but will be crucial for understanding the mechanisms underlying disruptions of memory in disease. As well as considering applicants with a background in psychology/neuroscience, candidates with an interest in neuroscience and a background in maths, engineering or computer science are also encouraged to apply.

What is funded

The studentship will commence in October 2020 and will cover your tuition fees (at UK/EU level) as well as a maintenance grant. In 2019-2020 the maintenance grant for full-time students was £15,009 per annum. As well as tuition fees and a maintenance grant, all School of Psychology students receive conference and participant money (approx. £2250 for the duration of the studentship). They also receive a computer, office space and access to courses offered by the University’s Doctoral Academy and become members of the University Doctoral Academy.

Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals, and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements. To be eligible for the full award, EU Nationals must have been in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the course for which they are seeking funding, including for the purposes of full-time education.


A very high standard of applications is typically received, the successful applicant is likely to have a very good first degree (a First or Upper Second class BSc Honours or equivalent) and/or be distinguished by having relevant research experience.

How to Apply

You can apply online - consideration is automatic on applying for a PhD in Psychology, with an October 2020 start date

Please use our online application service at https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/research/programmes/program...

Please select the Doctor of Philosophy, Full Time, October 2020 start and specify in the research proposal section that you are applying for this particular project and the supervisor and in the funding section that you wish to be considered for School funding.

Application deadline: 20th March 2020 interviews (either in person or by Skype) being held on or around end of July and decisions being made by April.

Interested applicants should direct inquiries to: Joe O’Neill, School of Psychology, Cardiff University; e-mail oneillj9@cardiff.ac.uk


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