Current postgraduate opportunities

Funded studentships are listed here as they become available.

  • MRC CASE studentship: Identifying the source of aberrant brain rhythms in Parkinson's Disease

    Project details

    The project will use a range of in vivo and in vitro rodent models of Parkinson’s disease (PD), coupled with non-invasive MEG recordings from patients to characterise the spatiotemporal nature and origin of disrupted brain rhythms associated with movement and sleep deficits in PD. State of the art signal processing, feeding into biologically realistic computational models will provide a framework for identification of the mechanisms underlying observed changes in brain dynamics.

    The project will be based at the University of York, but will also include time in research laboratories of the industrial partner, Eisai plc.

    Named academic

    Miles Whittington, Professor of Neuroscience (


    The successful student will receive a stipend of £13,846 with annual increments and a fee waiver for domestic and EU students.

    Qualifications required

    The successful candidate will have a good degree in a neuroscience-based course and will preferably have some experience of brain slice and/or MEG data acquisition. In addition, the candidate should have reasonable computing and mathematical skills as a minimum and must be comfortable working as part of a team in a busy, productive laboratory environment.

    How to apply

    All applications must be submitted to HYMS via our Applying for postgraduate study webpageThe deadline for applications is 16 April 2014.

    Please quote PG201401 with the scholarship title when applying. In order for the panel to get a sense of your academic background, commitment and interest, you are required to complete the application form in full and provide a research proposal/outline of academic interest. Research proposals and personal statements may be used in selecting applicants for interview.

    If you have any queries on how to apply, please email

    Please note that this is a student scholarship. If you will be employed by HYMS (for instance, on a fixed-term or short-term contract) for the duration of your study, you will not be eligible to receive the student scholarship. If you still want to apply, you should contact Victoria Hill in Postgraduate Admissions to discuss different options.

    Interview date

    The provisional interview date for the scholarship is 29 April 2014. We will email shortlisted applicants with details of the date, time and venue.

    If you are not invited for interview, it means that your application has not been successful. Please note that we do not offer feedback to applicants who are not invited to interview.

    Interview outcome

    As soon as reasonably practicable after the interviews have taken place, we will write to the successful applicant offering the post.

    When we receive formal written acceptance of the post, we will then write to notify unsuccessful candidates. While we try to do this in as effective and efficient manner as possible, sometimes the process can take rather longer than is ideal because of the need to recall candidates for a second interview and reconvene interview panels and/or due to routine disruptions caused by leave and other absences. We apologise for any delay and inconvenience caused in these circumstances.