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PhD Scholarship Opportunity: Advanced materials for brain-computer interfaces


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  Dr Wei Tong  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

We are seeking a highly motivated, passionate, and competitive candidate for a fully funded PhD position in developing advanced materials for biomedical applications. The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary team working in the areas of high interest for neural interface or brain-computer interface. This position is based at the School of Physics and National Vision Research Institute, University of Melbourne. 

About this position 

This position forms part of Dr Tong’s research program funded by the Australian Research Council. The PhD student will work towards the development of novel carbon-based materials for applications in neural stimulation and recording. 

Neural interfaces or brain-computer interfaces have enabled direct communication between the brain and the outside world. By detecting and controlling neurological activity using implanted microelectrodes, these technologies have greatly advanced our scientific understanding of the brain and are under development for treating neurological diseases. In this exciting project, you will synthesize novel carbon electrodes, characterize the electrodes using techniques such as electrochemistry, SEM, XPS, and Raman spectroscopy. You will then perform biological experiments such as cell culture to study how carbon surfaces interact with neuronal cells, and reveal the underlying mechanisms using electrophysiology and other techniques such as mRNA sequencing. The materials and technologies developed in this project will solve the major challenges in neural interface development by improving the lifetime and performance of implantable devices. 

The successful applicant will be enrolled at the University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus. The University of Melbourne ranks first in Australia and 33 globally according to Times Higher Education and has one of the world-best environments for biomedical research. The student will be primarily supervised by Dr Wei Tong (ARC DECRA Fellow) and be advised by Prof Steven Prawer (Fellow of Australian Academy of Science, Professor in Physics), at the School of Physics. 

The candidate’s attributes 

Applications are invited from outstanding and enthusiastic graduates with a background in physics, chemistry, material science, neuroscience, biomedical engineering, or a related discipline. 

The position is open to domestic and international students. 

We are looking for students with: 

·      A First-Class Honours degree, Masters degree or equivalent 

·      Research experience in material fabrication, cell culture, neurophysiology, or biomolecule analysis (desired but not required) 

·      Analytical thinking, data analysis and critical problem-solving skills 

·      Ability to work collaboratively but also independently 

·      Fluency in written and oral English 

How to apply 

Please contact Dr Wei Tong ([Email Address Removed]) with the following documents: 

1.    a cover letter with a brief statement of your suitability and motivation to apply; 

2.    CV; 

3.    academic transcripts. 

To find out more, please see my page: https://drweitong.com/ 

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