SIDB PhD studentship available - Neural Mechanisms of Kinship Behaviour
Applications are invited for one 3.5 year full-time fully funded PhD studentship in the lab of Dr Ann Clemens within the Simons Initiative for the Developing Brain at the University of Edinburgh. The research goals of this PhD project would involve study of the circuits underlying natural social behaviours with a focus on behaviour that is ethologically relevant for the animal. We have a particular interest in kinship behaviour, mate choice and mechanisms of kin recognition, attachment and social learning in developmental time points. Techniques would involve a combination of in vivo and in vitro electrophysiology, imaging as well as circuit mapping and behavioural analyses. Projects aim to understand the neural mechanisms that support social behaviour in the healthy brain which would lay a foundation for study in disease. Experience in, or willingness to learn quantitative analysis methods for physiology and behavior is encouraged.