PhD on mapping melanopic modulation - Determining the effects of selective modulation of melanopsin photoreception in non-image forming vision (ESR 1).

A 3 year full-time PhD postion at the University of Manchester.

How is ambient light measured in the eye and translated by the brain into changes in mood, alertness, sleep propensity and biological timing? Addressing this question in laboratory rodents allows us to conceive of more mechanistic and fundamental answers than can be achieved by studying humans alone. This project will exploit an array of cutting-edge methods in experimental neuroscience (viral gene delivery, multichannel in vivo electrophysiology, chemo- and opto-genetics), and address topics of direct relevance to lighting design and human health.

Research will be under the supervision of Professor Robert Lucas in the Centre for Biological Timing, University of Manchester, with secondments planned at the University of Liege and the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology.

Detailed information on how to apply will be posted shortly.