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PhD in Engneering – Miniaturized MagnetoElectric (ME) Antenna for Implantable Brain Devices


   College of Science and Engineering

   Friday, September 30, 2022  Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

This PhD project is part of the European Horizon CROSSBRAIN project which will be a collaboration between the University of Glasgow and partners from Italy, Germany and Spain. The project partners are world-class experts in neurotechnology and nanotechnology.

It is now widely recognized that a vast number of pathological brain conditions directly involve aberrant electrical activity of the brain, both in the case of ictal events (e.g., epileptic seizures, panic disorder or psychotic episodes) and chronic neurodegeneration (e.g., Parkinson’s disease, pain and sensory disorders, traumatic brain injury, or even Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias). In both cases, immediate recognition and reaction are imperative to trigger periodical and adaptive treatment. The European CROSSBRAIN project centres its technological revolution on converging novel nano-actuation modalities, bleeding-edge nano-electronics, and miniaturized wireless energy harvesting and communication. The CROSSBRAIN platform comprises a swarm of wireless, implantable, MRI-compatible “microbots” for endovascular implantation. These will enable in vivo electrophysiology and cross-modal neuromodulation at the cell- and microcircuit levels, in freely moving rodents to treat brain diseases.

We are looking for a PhD student to join this exciting project. The prospective PhD candidate will be part of this big EU consortium project and contribute to a) developing the bio-integrated and MRI-compatible wireless power and communication module and b) fabricating and characterize the miniaturized MagnetoElectric (ME) Antenna. The student is expected to work at the James Watt Nanofabrication Centre (JWNC) to develop ME antenna for wirelessly power/data transmission.

The candidate will join the vibrant and growing team at meLAB (www.melabresearch.com) at the University of Glasgow lead by Prof Hadi Heidari and will also work with Dr Rupam Das for device characterization at the University of Exeter.

It is essential that the student have knowledge of basic nanofabrication, antennas, circuits and systems. Experience in using simulation tools such as COMSOL, HFSS or Sim4Life will be a plus. Furthermore, experiences in implantable devices and enthusiasm to learn micro/nanofabrication in the cleanroom are highly desirable.

Start date for this project is 1 November 2022

For further information please contact:

How to Apply: Please refer to the following website for details on how to apply:

http://www.gla.ac.uk/research/opportunities/howtoapplyforaresearchdegree/.


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