[Comp-neuro] PhD studentship in Computational and Cognitive Neuroscience

Shabnam Kadir shabnam.kadir at gmail.com
Wed Sep 9 15:39:40 CEST 2020

*PhD in Computational & Cognitive Neuroscience, University of
Hertfordshire, UK*

An exciting full-time funded PhD opportunity has arisen at the University
of Hertfordshire associated to a collaborative project with King’s College
London and Brunel University London funded by the US Air Force.

The project aims to build an explorative and predictive model of the brain
that is sensitive to the transitions between sustained attention and
mind-wandering states using an already collected simultaneously acquired
EEG/fMRI dataset. Towards this goal, novel methods for characterizing,
sequencing, and predicting neural dynamics at two complementary
spatio-temporal resolution levels will be developed: level 1)
electroencephalography (EEG) microstates, which are short quasi-stable
topographies of brain electrical activity as measured at the scalp; and
level 2) functional connectivity maps derived from the functional Magnetic
Resonance Imaging (fMRI) data.

We are seeking to appoint a graduate in Computer Science, Bioengineering,
Physics, Mathematics, Neuroscience, or related fields, with an interest in
cognitive neuroscience and neuroimaging, who has proven programming skills
(e.g., Python, Matlab, C++). Knowledge of signal processing, time-series
analysis, and machine learning would be an advantage. Previous experience
of EEG and/or fMRI data analysis is highly desirable.

The 3-year full-time PhD studentship includes a stipend of £15,285 per
annum in addition to covering tuition fees. *Only EU and UK citizens are
eligible to apply.* The start date of the PhD will be January 2021.

The PhD will be supervised by *Dr Shabnam Kadir* (University of
Hertfordshire), *Dr Elena Antonova* (Brunel University London), *Prof
Robert Leech* (Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s
College London), and *Prof Chrystopher Nehaniv* (University of
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, and University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada).

Interested candidates are encouraged to make informal inquiries with *Dr
Shabnam Kadir* (s.kadir2 at herts.ac.uk) before making a formal application.

Full details available here:

To apply, submit an application form (downloadable from
together with a cover letter, CV, and scanned copies of university
transcripts and degree certificates (BSc, and if relevant MSc) via email to
doctoralcollegeadmissions at herts.ac.uk, cc-ing Dr Kadir on
s.kadir2 at herts.ac.uk and Dr Antonova on elena.antonova at brunel.ac.uk

*Closing Date for the applications: 28 September 2020.*

Dr. Shabnam Kadir

Senior Lecturer

School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science,

University of Hertfordshire,


Hertfordshire AL10 9AB,

United Kingdom.

Tel. +44 1707 284641
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