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  PhD Studentship in Data Science PhD in Computational Neurology (Epilepsy)

   School of Computing

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  Dr Peter Taylor  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

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Start date and duration

September 2021 for 3.5 years.


We are seeking a highly motivated PhD student to develop computer models of the brain in order to better understand epilepsy treatments such as surgery and stimulation.

By using real-world patient data from EEG and MRI, the student will process the data, develop advanced analytic tools, and perform computer simulations of the treatments. The goal is to ultimately use these computer models and software tools to inform clinical decision making in collaboration with our partners in the NHS.

The environment:

The student will work in the CNNP Lab ( - a highly interdisciplinary environment with computer scientists, neurobiologists, mathematicians, and clinicians. The lab is well funded with recent epilepsy funding of >£1.5m, and 10-15 current lab members working at the interface of computer science and neurology in a supportive, collaborate manner. The lab is based in the School of Computing at the Newcastle Helix site in Newcastle City Centre (, with state-of-the-art facilities.

The applicant:

You will have excellent programming skills in a language such as Python, Matlab, or R, and a good knowledge of data analysis and statistics (e.g. PCA, effect size estimation, significance testing). Knowledge of any of the following are desirable: biomedical image processing (EEG, MRI), feature selection and machine learning techniques, dynamical systems theory.


School of Computing / EPSRC

Name of supervisor(s)

Dr Peter Taylor

Eligibility Criteria

This studentship is available to all candidates who have/expect a 2:1 honours degree in Computing Science or related discipline, or an international equivalent.

If English is not your first language, you must have IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills).

How to apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please ‘Create a new account’.

All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk in the application portal must to be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:

  • insert the programme code 8050F in the programme of study section
  • select ‘PhD in Computer Science (full time) - Computing Science’ as the programme of study
  • insert the studentship code COMP2110 in the studentship/partnership reference field
  • attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code COMP2110 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
  • attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications
  • Please also forward a copy of your CV to [Email Address Removed].


For further information, please contact Dr Peter Taylor ([Email Address Removed])

Funding Notes

100% of Home tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £15,609/annum (full award).