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Electronic Tissues Interfaces PhD Scholarship

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Wednesday, December 11, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Brain-machine interfaces are systems that enable communication between neural tissues and a computer via electrodes. The aim of this project is to explore novel materials and fabrication methods for the next generation of implantable neural electrode technologies. To ensure optimal biointegration, an implanted electrode should be small, and “indistinguishable” from host tissues in terms of its mechanical and biological properties. We will develop conductive hydrogels as bioactive electrode materials and test their biocompatibility using cell culture. We will then use hybrid 3D printing to integrate the hydrogels in prototypes of implantable electrode arrays and will characterize their electrical and mechanical performance. The project is highly interdisciplinary and will combine biomaterials research with microfabrication and system integration engineering.

Funding Notes

The studentship provides funding for 3 and a half years. The Scholarship covers tuition fees and pays a maintenance stipend at the UK rate (£15,009 per annum).

Nationality and residency eligibility are according to EPSRC requirements (View Website).

References

Candidate Requirements and Eligibility

• Residency restrictions - awards are open to UK and EU applicants only.
• Prospective applicants must have a minimum undergraduate Honours degree (UK 2:1 or better) or MSc (Merit or Distinction) in a related engineering discipline (e.g. biomedical, electrical, materials) or in physics or chemistry. Aptitude for laboratory based experimental work is essential. Knowledge of the fundamentals of neuroscience is desirable but not essential.
• More information about entry requirements can be found here:
https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/acse/research-degrees/applyphd
• Applicants with other qualifications or experience should contact the Department’s Research Support Officer via [email protected] so that we can check on your eligibility.

Application

To apply, please submit a PhD application using the University’s online application system via the Postgraduate online application form. Within the application, please state Professor Ivan Minev as your preferred supervisor and state the project title as ‘Electronic Tissues Interfaces’
https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/acse/research-degrees/applyphd

For informal queries, please contact Professor Ivan Minev via [email protected]

Closing date: 9am, Friday 9 August 2019.

Please note that shortlisted candidates will be required to attend an interview (which may take place via Skype, in person or by phone).

How good is research at University of Sheffield in General Engineering?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 21.80

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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