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Interfacing with the brain for therapy

Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences

About the Project

Applications are invited from both Home students and International students to join a multidisciplinary team of scientists studying neurodynamics and its control for therapy. The studentship is available from the start of academic year 2021/22 for 3 years and will be primarily supervised by Associate Professor Huiling Tan at the Medical Research Council Brain Network Dynamics Unit at the University of Oxford (MRC BNDU). The overall aim of the studentship project is to interface with the brain to modify behaviour and improve therapy. To achieve this goal, we will investigate the function of frequency-specific neural oscillations in decision-making and motor control in both health and disease through behavioural experiments with electrophysiological recordings and controlled neural stimulation in humans. The project will also involve identifying and extracting features in electrophysiological signals in real-time, as well as the design, implementation and test of BCIs for neurofeedback training and/or for closed-loop neuromodulation to interact with brain activities. For further details about the project, contact Associate Professor Huiling Tan () and see the MRC BNDU’s Studentships page:

Interested candidates should possess, or expect to receive, a 1st class or upper 2nd class degree (or equivalent) in a related scientific discipline, e.g. biological or physical sciences, medicine, computer science, engineering, mathematics. Good analytical and programming skills are essential. Previous experience in brain computer interfacing, electronics or neuroscience research is desired.

The MRC BNDU is uniquely multidisciplinary, integrating exceptional research programmes that span clinical, experimental and computational neuroscience and bioengineering. The collective aim of the MRC BNDU is to understand the moment-to-moment interactions between nerve cells that are critical for brain functions, and to exploit these to develop novel therapies for disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.

This Ph.D. (D.Phil.) studentship is funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC), a part of UKRI. All successful applicants are entitled to receive a tax-free stipend and, as a minimum, tuition fees paid at the Home level, regardless of whether they are Home or International students. For further details about MRC/UKRI studentships and updated guidance regarding Home and International eligibility, please see:

To be considered for this studentship, please submit an application for admission to the D.Phil. in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences (course code RD_CU1), following the guidance at On the application form, in the section headed ‘Departmental Studentship Applications’, please indicate that you are applying for a studentship and enter the reference code for a MRC BNDU studentship "21CLINNEURO01WEB".

The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday UK time on Friday 8th January 2021.

Interviews for short-listed applicants will be held between 25th and 28th January 2021.


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