PhD in Electronic and Electrical Engineering: Brain on a Chip

University of Bath - CAST

Supervisor name: Paulo R. F. Rocha

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Overview of the research

The bioelectronics laboratory at the University of Bath is looking for a PhD student to work in the development of new PCB based technology to model the interaction of brain cells.

The PhD candidate will design and fabricate new brain on a chip platforms comprising advanced materials to accommodate agglomerates of cells. The electrical cell signaling will be investigated with signal processing tools.

The project represents a unique and exciting opportunity for a student that wants to develop a background on electronics and bioelectronics. This projects will help to provide a unique understanding on how the human brain functions and insights on brain diseases.

Applicants with any queries may contact Dr Rocha via email (

Essential Background: First class Master level (or overseas equivalent) in Electrical Engineering, Biophysics, Mechanical Engineering, or related field.

A Home/EU award will provide full tuition fees, an annual Training Support Fee of £1,000, and a tax-free maintenance payment of £14,553 (2017-8 rate) for up to 3.5 years.

An Overseas award (3 years): Provides tuition fee, an annual Training Support Fee of £1,000, but no stipend.

The successful applicant will ideally have graduated (or be due to graduate) with an undergraduate Masters first class degree and/or MSc distinction (or overseas equivalent).

Preferred start date: 1st October 2018.

Application Deadline: 16th March 2018.

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