[Comp-neuro] PhD Position in BCI, Univ. Medical Center Hamburg

Alexander Maye a.maye at uke.de
Thu Jun 21 14:42:35 CEST 2012

*PhD Student Position in Brain-Computer Interfaces*

The International Research Training Group Hamburg – Beijing/China 
(Internationales Graduierten­kolleg) on Cross-modal Interaction in Natural and 
Artificial Cognitive Systems (CINACS) is seeking a highly qualified and 
motivated candidate for a doctoral position in Brain-Computer Interfaces 

The training group is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the 
State of Ham­burg, and the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of 
China.  The candidate will also collaborate with the project “MULTISENSE – 
The merging of the senses: understanding multisensory experience”, funded 
by an ERC Advanced Investigators Grant. The major goal of this project is the 
investigation of dynamic, large-scale neural interactions and the 
characterization of functional networks during multisensory processing in the 
human brain, using techniques such as MEG, EEG, TMS, tACS and eye 

The dissertation project will be carried out at the Dept. of Neurophysiology 
and Pathophysiology  of the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf 
(UKE). The UKE is the largest hospital in Hamburg, comprising 14 centers 
with 80 clinical and research departments. The Dept. of Neuro­physiology and 
Pathophysiology is headed by Prof. Dr. Andreas K. Engel. The research of 
Prof. Engel’s group focuses on cognitive and sensorimotor functions, which 
are studied in humans and animal models using neurophysiological and 
neuroimaging techniques. The project will build on strong interactions with 
the Dept. of Biomedical  Engineering at the Tsinghua University in Beijing, 
China. Tsinghua University is among China's top universities, and the Dept. of 
Biomedical Engin­eering hosts one of the world's leading BCI research teams.
The project will be focused on the integration of different modalities (e.g., 
vision, audition, and touch) into a unified BCI system. Using several 
modalities allows to employ proven BCI paradigms to increase the number of 
control channels. Research questions will be the possibility of gaining ad­
ditional information from switching attention between modalities, and the 
emergence of immersive control of the system after training with such a 
multimodal BCI system. Potential applications of the system to be developed 
are not only in classical BCI application fields like rehabilitation and 
prosthetics, but rather envisaged in everyday usage for computer control or in 
computer games.

Applicants should have a master in computer science, physics or engineering, 
and excellent programming skills, as well as expertise in methods in signal 
processing, pattern recognition and classification. Experience in human 
electrophysiology would be an asset, but is not required. The position will be 
funded for up to three years, beginning Oct. 2012 or later. Applicants can 
have any nationality, female applicants are particularly welcome.

Informal inquiries can be directed to Dr. Alexander Maye (a.maye at uke.de). 
Applicants should send their curriculum vitae, a statement of research 
interests, as well as names of two referees to Prof. Dr. Andreas K. Engel, 
Institut für Neurophysiologie und Pathophysiologie, Universitätsklinikum 
Ham­burg-Eppendorf, Martinistr. 52, 20246 Hamburg, Germany.

Web ressources:
	www.cinacs.org					www.tsinghua.edu.cn
	www.uke.de/neurophysiologie		www.multisense.org

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