[Comp-neuro] PhD position at ETH Zurich in vestibular
digiovaj at cnel.ufl.edu
Wed Oct 21 14:48:48 CEST 2009
The vestibular system is responsible for the body’s “sixth sense” – it
detects (along with vision and proprioception) spatial orientation and
maintains body equilibrium. If the vestibular system is damaged,
patients may experience dizziness, vertigo, or inability to stand up
in severe cases.
[The CLONS project]
The CLONS project is developing a sensory prosthesis for patients with
vestibular damage or disorders. It includes both animal and eventually
human research. CLONS is funded by the EU under the 'Future and
Emerging Technologies Open Scheme'. The PhD student position at ETH
Zurich will include modeling, identification of neural dynamics,
optimization of stimulation patterns to restore vestibular function,
and design of control algorithms.
[What we ask]
Ideal applicants should have knowledge in one or several of the
following subjects: neural engineering, machine learning,
neuroscience, signal processing, or biomedical engineering.
Experimental skills are also helpful. Applicant must be capable of
both independent research and working within a team. Additionally, the
applicant should be proficient in English.
[About the research partners]
Most research will be carried out in the Neuroprosthesis Control Group
of the Automatic Control Laboratory at ETH Zurich. Additionally, there
will likely be prosthetic testing at the Massachusetts Ear and Eye
Infirmary of Harvard Medical School.
Interested candidates are asked to email their Curriculum Vitae, a
list of courses taken and grades obtained, a statement of objectives
and research interests (1-2 pages), and contact information of three
references to digiovanna at control.ee.ethz.ch. Application deadline is
December 4, 2009. Position available from January 2010.
Jack DiGiovanna, Ph.D.
Neuroprosthesis Control Group
Automatic Control Laboratory
ETL K-24, Physikstrasse 3
8092 Zurich, SWITZERLAND
digiovanna at control.ee.ethz.ch
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