The Clinical Imaging Centre at Warwick University (UK) has an opportunity for a Marie Curie PhD Fellowship in fMRI Signal Processing and Statistics. The position is offered within a consortium of 4 partners, which in addition to GlaxoSmithKline (Clinical Imaging Centre London) consists of Maastricht University (Brain Imaging Centre), University of Liege (Cyclotron Research Centre) and Research Centre Juelich (FZJ). Funding comes from a Marie-Curie Initial Training Network grant. The selected candidate would become a member of the Neurophysics Graduate School organized by the 4 partners.

Project Description

Spontaneous activity in the brain as measured by fMRI has provided a new means to measure resting brain function and has promise to be useful biomarker for drug development. fMRI data of such 'Resting State Networks' (RSN's) offer an exciting potential extension to task-related pHMRI studies. However, they present a data analysis challenge, as the networks of spontaneous activity are not well-captured by traditional multivariate methods. In this project the student will use classification methods, such as support vector machines, to find the optimal way to use RSNs to model drug responses. Using unique data acquired at the GlaxoSmithKline Clinical Imaging Centre, the student will develop methods that predict level of drug response and build a model that, for future data, could predict the drug response based only on the RSN data.

Candidate Requirements

Candidates must hold a Master’s degree in a related field and have a background in statistical methods. Experience with brain imaging data is also required. Relevant backgrounds include engineering, physics, mathematics, advanced statistics and data analysis, software programming, computational modeling. Knowledge in the field of neurology or cognitive neuroscience is helpful but not required.


The selected candidate will be a Marie Curie fellow and will profit from all applicable Marie Curie benefits as well as benefits of GSK employment including sign-on bonus, annual bonus scheme, and private medical insurance. The current base salary for this position is £27,000.00 per year.

Application Procedure

Applicants must apply via the GSK career page under job requisition number 68518.
Additionally, applicants must send the following specific application materials to
  • Motivation letter (please state your fields/projects of interest)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Certified transcripts Master
  • two recent reference letters sent directly to above-mentioned email address
  • all non-native English speakers have to pass the academic IELTS (minimum score: 7.5) or TOEFL internet-based (minimum score: 113).
Note, Application deadline to the Marie Curie PhD Fellowship in fMRI Signal Processing and Statistics, UK is 09 September, 2011.

Please mention on your application while applying for this scholarship.

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