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MRC CASE PhD Studentship available for October 2014 - Psychology and Eli Lilly

MRC CASE PhD Studentship

Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge


CLOSING DATE: 11 April 2014

Applications are invited for a 4 year MRC CASE PhD studentship starting in October 2014 to conduct research under the supervision of Professor Tim Bussey, Professor Trevor Robbins and Dr Lisa Saksida at the Department of Psychology and Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute (University of Cambridge), in collaboration with the industrial co-sponsor, Eli Lilly and Company Ltd. The Research Project is titled: “Enhancing cross-species cognitive translation for drug discovery in schizophrenia and dementia.

The project aims to test the translational validity of recently developed cognitive tests in rodents by using versions of these tests in patients with schizophrenia (and also mild cognitive impairment, and healthy volunteers) to assess cross-species commonality of deficits. We will also investigate their neural mediation using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and magnetoencephalography (MEG) in humans. The student will therefore have an exceptional opportunity to gain training in both animal and human translational methodologies, including assessment of cognitive function in rodents with a wide range of established and novel behavioural tasks using computer-controlled operant equipment, specific animal procedures, human neuroimaging methodology (MR and MEG) and analysis of complex neuroimaging datasets. At Lilly, the student will acquire the rodent electrophysiological and amperometric skills needed for comprehensive assessment of the animal model, as well as an understanding of the processes involved in drug discovery within an industrial research environment.

The successful candidate will be principally based at the University of Cambridge, but will spend a minimum of 3 months (12 months, expected) at the Lilly Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, Erl Wood, Surrey.

Eligibility and Funding:

Candidates should have a first or upper second class degree in a relevant biological subject and meet the University of Cambridge entrance requirements - see:

All applicants must meet the MRC funding eligibility requirements outlined at:

UK and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements will be eligible for a full studentship, which includes University and College fees as well as an annual stipend at UK Research Council rates (£13,836 for year 2014/15) plus a supplement of £3,500 p.a. provided by Eli Lilly. Students from EU countries who do not meet the residency requirements may still be eligible for a fees-only award.

Candidates from overseas are not eligible for this studentship and should not apply.

Informal enquiries about the project may be made to Professor Tim Bussey (

Application process:

To apply please e-mail (i) a covering letter outlining your suitability, why you are interested in pursuing a PhD in this area, and any other information relevant to the application, (ii) your CV stating your citizenship and years of residence in the UK (iii) copies of your academic transcripts and (iv) contact details for two academic referees (one of whom should be a project supervisor) to Rita Day ( by 11th April 2014. Please add ‘PJ02563 MRC CASE Studentship’ to the subject line of your e-mail.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview during the week commencing 21st April 2014.

The successful applicant will be asked to complete and submit the University’s GRADSAF application form by 1st May 2014.




Posted on 13/03/2014

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