|Newcastle upon Tyne
|UK Students, EU Students, International Students
|5th December 2023
|1st March 2024
100% of home tuition fees paid and an annual stipend (living expenses) of £18,622.
Human intracortical brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) use features of single unit recordings from implanted electrode arrays to decode intended behaviours of users and output this through external devices. Stimulation through the same electrode arrays can be used to evoke neural activity and behaviour. Together recording and stimulation can be used for a closed-loop BCI. To develop BCIs we implant in cognitive and sensorimotor cortical areas.
In this PhD you will investigate the neural mechanisms underlying human sensorimotor and cognitive function and explore how neural signals could be decoded and modulated by closed-loop BCIs. This work will impact both basic science and clinical translation. Your research activities will be based on existing data, and novel data collection through intracranial and intracortical electrodes. Data is collected and analysed at Newcastle University, UK, and in collaboration with the University of Colorado, USA.
Number Of Awards
16th September 2024
Application Closing Date
1st March 2024
Newcastle University, Faculty Medical Sciences
Dr Luke Bashford - Biosciences Institute, Lead Supervisor
Professor Andrew Jackson - Biosciences Institute, Supervisory Team
Candidates must have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent, in Neuroscience, Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering or a related subject. Having or expecting a further qualification such as an MSc/MRes is advantageous.
Candidates should have a strong background in systems neuroscience and signal processing and must have or be willing to learn programming skills such as MATLAB or Python.
The studentship covers fees at the Home rate. However international/EU applicants will be considered.
Successful international candidates are required to make up the difference between home and international fees.
English Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall, with 5.5 or more in each sub-skill.
How To Apply
To apply for a studentship, you must register and apply through the University’s Apply to Newcastle Portal
Once registered select ‘Create a Postgraduate Application’.
Use ‘Course Search’ to identify your programme of study:
You will then need to provide the following information in the ‘Further Details’ section:
In addition, before you submit your application you will need to upload the following supporting documentation:
You will not be able to submit your application until you have submitted all required documents/information.
For further details, please contact:
Dr Luke Bashford
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