[Comp-neuro] PHD Fellowship in BRAIN DYNAMICS

Federico Frascoli ffrascoli at gmail.com
Thu Aug 13 01:20:26 CEST 2009


We are currently looking for one PhD student to join the Brain
Dynamics group at the Brain Sciences Institute in Melbourne
(Australia) by early 2010. The main focus of proposed research will be
the neurophysics of the mammalian electroencephalogram (EEG), in
particular the mean-field modelling of electrocortical activity. The
candidate can choose among a range of theoretical projects in
dynamical systems theory, nonlinear time series analysis, bifurcation
theory, modelling of epilepsy and anesthesia, phase transitions in the
brain and signal processing.

Interested applicants should have a strong background in any of the
following disciplines: theoretical physics, mathematics, biomedical or
electrical engineering, quantitative biology. A first class honours
degree or equivalent is expected. Proficiency in any of the following:
C or C++, Fortran, Python, Matlab, Octave, Matcont, Auto, R,
Mathematica, XPPAUT will be an advantage.

The Brain Dynamics group is part of the Brain Sciences Institute
located in Melbourne, a vibrant, multi-disciplinary team of
researchers whose expertise spans several different fields that
include physics, psychology, psychophysiology, biophysics and the
neurosciences. Examples of research projects can be found at the
Institute's webpage http://www.swinburne.edu.au/lss/bsi/

The group is involved in active collaborations with scientific
institutions and universities in Australia, Canada, Germany, U.K.,
U.S. and Italy. The candidate will be encouraged to profit from these
collaborations and spend time overseas during his/her candidature.

A range of scholarships for national and international students are
available, with up to AU$23,000 per year for three and a half years,

The deadline for applications is the 31st October 2009.

More details on the application process can be found at
International students are required to sit an IELTS test (or
equivalent, e.g. TOEFL) with an average band score of at least 6.5,
with no band less than 6.0. Swinburne also strongly encourages
minorities and women to apply.

Interested applicants should email A/Prof. David T. J. Liley at
dliley(at)swin.edu.au or Dr. Federico Frascoli at
ffrascoli(at)swin.edu.au, including a brief cv, to discuss the
projects in details.

Examples of the group's past projects can be seen here:

A/Prof David T. J. Liley
Dr. Federico Frascoli
tel.:  0061 3 9214 8812 (David)
tel.:  0061 3 9214 5595 (Federico)
fax.: 0061 3 9214 6443

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