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PhD Studentship in EEG evoked potentials as the key to understanding and diagnosing tinnitus

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Wednesday, April 03, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Number of awards:
1

Start date and duration:
September 2019 (or sooner at student’s discretion), for 3 years.

Overview:
We require a talented and passionate person for this PhD project that stands to make a major impact into tinnitus research in two fundamental respects.

The project continues pioneering work (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5152595/) that has produced a leading theory of how tinnitus (phantom perception of sound) is generated in the brain. The pilot work to this PhD project strongly supports the theory, that chronic tinnitus is caused by the resetting of auditory predictions to expect a persistent sound. Furthermore, this skewing of predictions so strongly affects EEG evoked brain responses that it shows promise to become an accurate diagnostic test for tinnitus research, which would represent a sea change for tinnitus trials in animals.

The project may thus transform both our ability to understand the mechanisms of tinnitus, and to accurately test new treatments.

The student will develop a wide range of skills, with the potential to progress to advanced computational modelling of EEG data, and be in a strong position for a leading career in auditory, tinnitus and/or wider neuroscience research.

Sponsor:
Action on Hearing Loss

Name of supervisor(s):
Supervisors: Dr William Sedley, Dr Kai Alter, Professor Tim Griffiths
Mentor: Professor Adrian Rees

Eligibility Criteria:
At least a 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent, in a subject relating to the behavioural sciences, including: psychology, biology or neuroscience.

Alternatively, a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in mathematics, physics, computer science or engineering that has given you experience in computational modelling that you wish to apply to neuroscience.

The following English Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills).
Prior experience with Matlab or similar coding environments is not essential, but would be highly beneficial. Good people skills are also very important.

How to apply:
If you are interested, we strongly advise e-mailing , before or in parallel with applying using the procedure below.

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system (www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply). To do this please ‘Create a new account’. Only mandatory fields need to be completed, including the following information:

Programme code 8430F* in the programme of study section
‘PhD in the Faculty of Medical Sciences – Neuroscience’ as the programme of study
The listed studentship code in the studentship/partnership reference field
A covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote the studentship reference code IN107 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
Degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.
* The online application system only allows one application with programme code 8430F. If applying for TWO or more projects using that code then you must email our with the following information:

Your application number (from the first submitted application)
The second studentship code and corresponding title
A two page covering letter for the second project.

Funding Notes

Full UK/EU fees paid. Non UK/EU applicants are eligible but would be required to cover the shortfall in fees. There will be a stipend of £15,000 in Year 1, £15,500 in Year 2 and £16,500 in Year 3.

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