[Comp-neuro] Centre for Doctoral Training in Neurotechnology at
Imperial College London
s.schultz at imperial.ac.uk
Tue Jan 28 17:27:32 CET 2014
*EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Neurotechnology for Life and Health*
Ten fully funded PhD studentships are currently available for the 4-year
postgraduate research training programme in Neurotechnology at Imperial
Neurotechnology is the use of insights and tools from engineering,
mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology to investigate neural
function and treat dysfunction. Brain-related illnesses affect more
than two billion people worldwide, and the numbers are growing. Reducing
this burden is a major challenge for society. The Centre will train a
new generation of multidisciplinary researchers at the interface of
neuroscience and engineering, to address this challenge.
The Centre spans the Faculties of Engineering, Natural Sciences and
Medicine at Imperial, with investigators from the Departments of
Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronic
Engineering, Computing, Chemistry, Physics, Life Sciences, and the
Division of Brain Sciences. Directed by Dr Simon Schultz, Prof Bill
Wisden and Prof Paul Matthews, it intends to admit approximately 14
students per year. All research projects will involve a team of
supervisors, each of whom will bring complementary expertise to the
project. In addition to researchers from across Imperial College, the
Centre involves twenty industry and charity partners, as well as
satellite research groups at the Crick Institute and the University of
Studentships will begin with an MRes in Neurotechnology, which forms an
integral part of the four year training programme. During this year,
student will take 3 months of taught courses specially developed for the
CDT, followed by laboratory rotations as part of a single research
training project. At the end of the first year, students enter the PhD
phase having developed the interdisciplinary and technical skills to
thrive in a cutting edge research environment, and make the most impact
with their PhD.
In the current round, funding is available for the following ten projects:
1. *Wearable wireless sensor arrays to detect the progression of
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)*. Prof Martyn Boutelle, Dr E M
Drakakis and Prof Chris Shaw.
2. *High-resolution mapping of age-related functional changes in
cortical connectivity*. Dr Stephen Brickley, Dr Paul Chadderton and
Prof William Wisden.
3. *Development of a bedside 'hand-and-brain training' rehabilitation
aid for stroke patients*. Prof Etienne Burdet, Dr Paul Bentley, Dr
David Soto and Dr Caroline Alexander.
4. *Experimental and computational study of auditory receptive field
properties and connectivity*. Dr Claudia Clopath, Dr Paul Chadderton.
5. *High-throughput Visualization and Computational Consequences of
Increased Synaptic Plasticity and Axon Regeneration in the Living
Aged Brain*. Dr Vincenzo De Paola, Dr Claudia Clopath, Dr Anil Bharath.
6. *Hilbert-Huang Transform (HHT)-based Automated Neonatal EEG Early
Warning System*. Dr E M Drakakis, Prof D Azzopardi, Dr E Eftekhar.
7. *Machine learning and human adaptability: towards a hierarchical
model of executive cognition and brain function*. Dr Aldo Faisal, Dr
8. *Designing novel imaging probes for targeting inflammatory lesions
in brain disorders*. Prof Nicholas Long, Dr Felicity Gavins.
9. *Investigating Sports Related Concussion with a Wearable In-Ear
System for Continuous Monitoring of Brain and Body Functions*. Prof
D Mandic, Prof D Sharp.
10. *Optical decoding of peripheral nerve signals*. Dr Simon Schultz,
Prof Mark Neil, Prof Thomas Knöpfel.
Further information on these projects is available from
*Who should apply*
Applicants should be seeking to undertake a /multidisciplinary /4-year
research training programme at the interface between neuroscience and
engineering. Applicants should have or expect to obtain a first or upper
second class degree in an engineering or physical sciences discipline.
Students with a biological or medical sciences background will be
considered in exceptional circumstances, provided they can demonstrate
substantial quantitative skills. Applicants would normally need to meet
EPSRC eligibility criteria
however a small number of fully funded places may be open to EU students
who do not satisfy these criteria.
Studentships will cover tuition fees and a tax free stipend of
approximately £16,000 per year. A generous annual allowance will be
provided for research consumables and for conference attendance.
*How to Apply*
To be considered for this round, you must apply via the CDT website by
5pm, Monday 24^th Feb. For more information on the programme, for
details on the projects available, and how to apply, please visit:
We urge prospective applicants to contact project supervisors as soon as
possible. Early application is encouraged and a number of early offers
may be made.
Simon R Schultz
Royal Society Industry Fellow
Director, Centre for Neurotechnology
Institute of Biomedical Engineering & Department of Bioengineering
Imperial College London
Lab website: http://www.schultzlab.org
EU ITN: http://www.neural-engineering.eu
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