[Comp-neuro] PhD positions on Multiscale Modelling of the Neuromuscular System for Deep Brain Stimulation

Olga Grant olga.grant at ucd.ie
Mon Apr 11 19:02:38 CEST 2016


Background

 

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is an effective, safe and reversible method for treating the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders. It involves implanting electrodes in the brain to stimulate neurons responsible for symptoms including tremor, slowed movement and stiffness. Despite its success, the methods by which DBS works are not yet known and many questions remain to be answered in order to realize its full potential. Research within our group aims to improve our understanding of DBS and to identify new approaches for stimulation using computer models of networks of neurons within the brain and the neuromuscular system.  

Applications are invited for two full time PhD positions focusing on 

1) Development of computational models of the neuromuscular system and

2) Closed loop control of deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease.  

The start date for both projects will be September 2016

 

Who Should Apply

 

Applicants should have, or expect to obtain, a first or upper second class honours Bachelors or Masters degree in Electrical, Electronic or Biomedical Engineering (or a related discipline).  Suitable candidates will have a strong interest in biomedical/neural engineering and neuroscience. Excellent analytical, computer programming and communications skills are essential.   

 

Funding

This project is funded by a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant. Studentships cover tuition fees for EU applicants and a tax free stipend of €18,000 per year. An annual allowance is provided for research consumables and for conference attendance.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter describing your experience and interest in this project (1 page max), CV, and academic transcripts to 

Prof. Madeleine Lowery

UCD School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

University College Dublin

Belfield,

Dublin 4

Ireland

E-mail: neuromuscular at ucd.ie <mailto:neuromuscular at ucd.ie> 

Tel. +353 (1) 716 1911

 

 

____________________________________

Dr Olga M Grant

Research Project Manager

School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Tel +353 (1) 7161778

 

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