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PhD Studentship - Human Intracortical Brain-Computer Interfaces for Cognition and Control

Newcastle University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £18,622
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 5th December 2023
Closes: 1st March 2024
Reference: BI074

Award Summary

100% of home tuition fees paid and an annual stipend (living expenses) of £18,622. 

Overview

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

1

Start Date

16th September 2024 

Award Duration

Three-year PhD 

Application Closing Date

1st March 2024 

Sponsor

Newcastle University, Faculty Medical Sciences 

Supervisors

Dr Luke Bashford - Biosciences Institute, Lead Supervisor 

Professor Andrew Jackson - Biosciences Institute, Supervisory Team 

Eligibility Criteria

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 can search for the ‘Course Title’ using the programme code: 8420F  
  • select PhD Biosciences (FT)' as the programme of study 

You will then need to provide the following information in the ‘Further Details’ section:  

  • A ‘Personal Statement’ (mandatory field) - upload a document or write a statement directly in to the application form  
  • The studentship code BI074 in the ‘Studentship/Partnership Reference’ field  
  • When prompted for how you are providing your research proposal - select ‘Write Proposal’. You should then type in the title of the research project from this advert - you do not need to upload a research proposal. 

 In addition, before you submit your application you will need to upload the following supporting documentation:  

  • covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code BI074 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project   
  • degree transcripts and certificates, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualification if already completed.  

You will not be able to submit your application until you have submitted all required documents/information. 

Contact Details

For further details, please contact: 

Dr Luke Bashford 

luke.bashford@newcastle.ac.uk 

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