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Fully Funded PhD Scholarship: Brain connectivity in cochlear implant users.

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, March 31, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

RMIT University and the Bionics Institute invite applications from highly motivated individuals to complete a PhD in the field of medical bionics.

This PhD project will develop and apply new fNIRS signal processing methods to investigate connectivity in cortical language networks in both cochlear implant candidates (for prognosis) and new cochlear implant users (for diagnosis). The project extends the current work of the Translational Hearing Research team in developing new individualised diagnosis and clinical management to address the poor outcomes of up to a third of new adult cochlear implant recipients. So far, the current projects have only looked at the response patterns in particular regions of interest in these populations, but it is highly likely that the plastic changes of interest that affect outcomes are related to connectivity between different multisensory language areas. This PhD project will address this gap in our current research, as well as developing signal processing techniques that can be applied to other applications such as EarGenie.

The Bionics Institute [] offers a unique, vibrant, and multidisciplinary research environment in which experience and skills can be attained across research areas related to improved technology for hearing, vision (bionic eyes), and neurological disorders (e.g. deep brain stimulation for movement disorders), and all in the heart of Melbourne, Australia.

Funding Notes

We are looking for talented and enthusiastic applicants with a relevant background in engineering or data science with high-level signal processing skills.
This scholarship is fully funded, details are available on the RMIT Website [View Website]
Expressions of interest or queries can be sent to our Student Enquiries email:

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