[visionlist] Fight for Sight PhD Studentship

Ben Webb B.Webb at nottingham.ac.uk
Wed Feb 21 10:06:11 -05 2018

Fight for Sight PhD studentship (3 years)

Recruiting functional brain networks to improve sight after stroke

Visual Neuroscience Group, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, UK

Applications are invited for a fully funded Fight for Sight PhD Studentship. The aim of the PhD is to estimate the capacity of brain pathways to generate vision in the cortically blind field of stroke survivors, using a combination of visual perimetry, magnetic resonance imaging and psychophysics. To stratify the capacity for visual rehabilitation, the PhD student will identify functional brain networks that have survived the stroke. Visual field coverage maps of residual brain networks will be used to guide retraining of visual detection and discrimination inside visual field scotomas.

The PhD student will have the opportunity to become proficient in the use of a range of techniques, including functional magnetic resonance imaging, diffusion tensor imaging, dynamic perimetry and visual psychophysics.

The School of Psychology at the University of Nottingham has a thriving Visual Neuroscience Group, with nine faculty members and a large cohort of postdoctoral fellows and PhD students.  The group has a diverse range of interests in neuroscience, human perception, learning, and decision making. Research is supported by excellent laboratory and research facilities, and there is a firm commitment to the development of early career researchers.

The PhD student will be registered at The University of Nottingham and work under the supervision of Dr Ben Webb and Dr Denis Schluppeck.

Candidates should have a good first degree (or equivalent) in psychology, neuroscience, optometry, engineering, computer science or medicine. Previous experience with psychophysical methods, computer programming (e.g. Matlab, Python, R) and brain imaging is desirable.

The PhD will be fully funded, including stipend (£17,935 per annum), fees (£4536 per annum), and a Research Training and Support Grant (£500 per annum). The PhD will start in October 2018.

Applications should sent by e-mail to Ben Webb b.webb at nottingham.ac.uk<mailto:b.webb at nottingham.ac.uk> and include: a two-page CV, the names and addresses of two referees, and a covering letter outlining the reasons for applying. The deadline for applications is 29th March 2018.

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