[Comp-neuro] PhD position: Machine learning to record and enhance sleep and lucid dreaming

Martin Dresler martin.dresler at donders.ru.nl
Tue Aug 13 22:09:04 CEST 2019


Arenar B.V. and the Donders Institute offer a joint PhD position combining
data science/AI and wearable EEG technology with sleep/dream research.

In this project, the wearable sleep EEG headband iBand+ will be further
developed and applied in several experimental studies. First, we will
develop automatic sleep stage detection algorithms using machine learning
strategies. We will then implement closed-loop acoustic stimulation
procedures to enhance sleep slow oscillations to improve deep sleep. We
will further develop combined acoustic and visual stimulation procedures
which will allow to enhance self-awareness during sleep (i.e. lucid
dreaming) and subsequent mood in the morning. The validity and efficacy of
these procedures will be tested experimentally in large longitudinal
studies in naturalistic home-based settings.

The successful candidate will be centrally involved in the development,
will lead different research projects within this general framework; will
be closely involved in daily supervision of MSc students assisting the
project; and will participate in the vibrant Donders Graduate School.

Job details

• 4 years at Donders, extension to permanent position at Arenar possible
• Deadline: 31 August 2019
• Starting date: October/November, but somewhat flexible
• Salary: starting with € 40000 gross per year

Candidate profile

• MSc-level background in Data Science, ML, AI, computer sciences, or
adjacent field;
• Proficiency in Python, C, C++, statistics
• Interest in sleep, lucid dreaming, meditation
• The capacity to participate in a collaborative, interdisciplinary,
international research environment;
• Fluency in written and spoken English.
Candidates who only partially meet this profile are nonetheless strongly
encouraged to apply!


The PhD project is a collaboration between Arenar B.V. and the Donders

Arenar B.V. is a Dutch technology start-up based in Nijmegen, founded in
2016 by a team of engineers/developers with a combined technical industry
experience exceeding 40 years working at leading technology companies such
as NXP, Philips, Texas Instruments. Work in Arenar’s small enthusiastic
team offers plenty of flexibility, responsibility and lots of influence on
the product development. In particular, Arenar develops the iBand+ (
http://www.ibandplus.com), and many more upcoming innovative products.

The project is embedded in the infrastructure of the Donders Centre for
Cognitive Neuroimaging, providing a unique and stimulating learning
environment for young researchers, including a high-profile graduate school
and in-house methodological expert courses. Sleep research is a vibrant and
rapidly growing field at the Donders Institute, with several new research
groups in human and animal sleep research.

The project is further embedded in the Radboud University Medical Center.
Radboud UMC strives to be a leading developer of sustainable, innovative
and affordable healthcare to improve the health and wellbeing of people and
society in the Netherlands and beyond.


Please apply with a brief motivation letter explaining your interest and
qualifications regarding the position, your prior research/work experience,
a CV, and contact information of two professional references:


For specific questions about this position, please contact
martin.dresler at donders.ru.nl



Donders Sleep & Memory Lab, Radboud University Medical Center
Kapittelweg 29, 6525 EN Nijmegen, Netherlands
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