Information for Applicants
The workshop provides intensive practical experience of a number of microelectrode, patch clamp and optical techniques applied to single cells. It is intended for postgraduate students, post-doctoral workers or established scientists wishing to apply these techniques in their research.The following core techniques are offered as 3-day experiments:
- Patch clamp – single channel, whole cell, slice recording
- Single electrode voltage-clamp – fertilization potential in ascidian oocytes
- Two electrode voltage clamp molluscan neurons
- Cell injection and transgenic labelling techniques
- Ion-selective microelectrodes – ion concentration changes in hippocampal slices
- Fluorescent indicators in cardiac and neuronal cells
- Optical imaging and optical components workstation
There is 1 day of practical electronics, and daily lectures, demonstrations and practicals in:
Electronics, microscopy, data analysis computing and data interpretation, bilayer recording, flash photolysis, amperometry and capacitance measurements, multi-electrode arrays, in vivo patch clamp recording, virus injection, optogenetic probes.
Daily lectures are given by teachers and visiting lecturers to cover the basic techniques and specialised topics. A copy of the Plymouth Microelectrode Handbook will be provided.
There are 20 places. Accommodation (for 14 nights – arrive & depart on Wednesday) is close to the laboratory and includes breakfast, lunch is provided in the lab each day and an allowance is given for an evening meal.
The course fee of £1,500 includes accommodation, meals and tuition. Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements.
The closing date for applications is (close of office, 5pm) 31st March 2018
How to Apply
Please use the
Please ensure that you list in order of priority four 3-day techniques that you would like to learn selected from the list on the application form. Indicate what your likely source of funding is. Applicants who expect to require visas to attend the course should indicate this on the application.
- provide a concise description of your research, your reasons for wishing to attend and your experience of techniques taught on the workshop. Maximum length 4 pages.
- provide a brief CV (2 sides), including list of publications.
- accompany the application with a letter of recommendation from an academic referee, preferably PhD supervisor or Head of Laboratory. This letter should indicate how your research, the laboratory in which you work and the area of research that you intend to pursue will benefit from your participation in the workshop.
All applicants will receive acknowledgement fairly immediately after their submission, certainly before the application deadline, and ALL applicants will be notified of the outcome. If you are unsure if your application has been safely received, please contact the office on 01752 426493 (Mr Paul Lonsdale and Mrs Alex Street).
UK Research Councils
At present there is no ‘guaranteed fee’ agreed for Research Council students. Application should be made with MRC, BBSRC or EPSRC through appropriate channels for support from the studentship.
Affiliates of the Physiological Society
Help with funding is usually available for young physiologists working in the UK. If you wish to apply please indicate clearly in your application to the workshop. You will, of course, need to be a Member of the Physiological Society. There is no need to apply for the travel grant directly to the Physiological Society before workshop applications are assessed, please wait until the workshop application outcome is known. We will provide a letter to accompany your application for the travel grant.
Information is on www.physoc.org/grants/
The workshop can provide a limited amount of bursaries. If you think you will have difficulty finding the full fee and will need a half bursary, please indicate clearly in your application.
Please submit by email the
Attach your Curriculum Vitae and Research Project (giving a concise description of your research, your reasons for wishing to attend and your experience of techniques taught on the workshop). Maximum length 4 pages. Also a PDF copy of a signed Letter of Recommendation on organisation letterheaded notepaper from an academic referee, preferably PhD supervisor or Head of Laboratory. This letter should indicate how your research, the laboratory in which you work and the area of research that you intend to pursue will benefit from your participation on the course.
Please send these three parts to arrive no later than 5pm, 31 March 2018: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please make the subject of the email ‘Application CPW 2018′ followed by your surname.
Applicants who are visa dependent will need to apply for tourist visas. Letters will be provided to those in need of supporting visa documentation
All applicants will receive acknowledgement fairly immediately after their submission, certainly before the application deadline. Please telephone the office if you are uncertain whether your application has been safely received. A meeting to assess applications will occur during May and ALL applicants will be notified of the outcome.
The Plymouth Workshop Handbook
Electronics documents will be sent to course participants separately.