INDP: 2013 call for applications
Applications from independent thinkers with curiosity, creativity and drive are sought to join the International Neuroscience Doctoral Programme (INDP). The INDP aims to provide students of diverse backgrounds with a foundation to perform innovative and interdisciplinary work in basic or applied neuroscience at an international level.
Successful applicants will demonstrate the ability to tackle difficult intellectual challenges, to learn new skills and ways of thinking and to work passionately as part of a research team. Predoctoral training in quantitative disciplines (e.g. physics, mathematics, computer science), biological sciences (e.g. biology, medicine, bioengineering) or related fields is important. Previous research experience is also desirable but not required. Applicants should have a master degree and/or a 4+ year undergraduate degree, or will be obtaining their degree by no later than December 31, 2013.
The INDP is associated to the Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme (CNP), comprising fifteen research groups with a focus on the neural circuits and systems underlying mind and behaviour.
Before beginning research on a thesis project, admitted students will complete one semester of intensive courses and will be able to perform summer rotations in CNP laboratories. Courses are led by distinguished local and invited international scientists. The topics of instruction include molecular & cellular biology, ecology & evolution, neurophysiology & neuroanatomy, learning & development, sensory & motor systems, and computational & cognitive neuroscience, and all courses have a practical component comprising exercises, small projects, and experimental work in the INDP dedicated teaching laboratory. The overall format emphasizes participation, team-work and informal interaction in both classroom and laboratory.
The INDP is supported by funding from the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, FCT) and the Champalimaud Foundation. Full tuition and stipend to perform courses and thesis work will be ensured for successful applicants of all nationalities for a period of 4 years. English is the official language of the INDP.
The application deadline is May 25th, 2013. Further information on eligibility, entrance requirements and application procedures is available here.