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PhD Studentship
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Studentship available for 2009 entry

A 4-year studentship funded by the BBSRC is available to study neuronal control of aimed limb movements in an insect.
The main aim of the project is to determine the neuronal mechanisms that underpin an animal’s ability to compensate for changes in limb mechanics (such as breakage of the limb) so that movements remain correctly aimed. A secondary aim is to analyse how the nervous system makes an aiming decision in the face of conflicting target signals. The project will provide multidisciplinary training in behavioural analyses (including quantitative kinematic and dynamic analyses of limb joint coordination), electrophysiology and computational modelling.

You will join an active and well funded research group working in modern lab space. Further information is available on our web site at http://www.le.ac.uk/biology/tm/Matheson.htm or by contacting Dr Tom Matheson on tm75@le.ac.uk or phone 0116 2231263.

Candidates must have a 2:1 or 1st class degree in a relevant subject. For UK students and EU students who have been resident in the UK for the previous 3 years for educational purposes, remuneration will be at the BBSRC studentship rate and all fees paid. Please note, however, that overseas students are not eligible and should not apply.

To apply, please send a statement of why this project interests you, a brief c.v. and the names of two academic referees to Dr Tom Matheson on tm75@le.ac.uk or at the address below.

Closing Date: 16 January 2009.

Dr Tom Matheson

Department of Biology

University of Leicester

University Road

Leicester LE1 7RH



Gatsby Charitable Foundation - Sainsbury PhD Studentships in Plant Science

Enhanced postgraduate studentships, each for four years, starting in October 2009, will once again be awarded by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts. The supervisor below will select a candidate who will then compete at interview, with Sainsbury Undergraduate students, for one of up to four Sainsbury PhD Studentships. Interviews will be held in London on Friday, 6 March 2009. It would be expected that the studentship holder spends 6 months during their 3rd or 4th year at another university/institute to gain additional experience.

These 4-year studentships are only awarded to students of the highest calibre and the level of the award is higher than the BBSRC rate for both student and laboratory (further information available upon request).

Project title:

The protein import machinery of chloroplasts: using genetics to identify novel components of the TOC/TIC system

Interested applicants should write, attaching a CV, before 23 January 2009, to: 

Dr R Paul Jarvis, Dept of Biology, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH
Website: http://www.le.ac.uk/bl/rpj3/homepage.html
Email: rpj3@leicester.ac.uk


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