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PhD Studentship - Next Generation Near-Infrared Spectroscopy for Prosthetics and Healthcare (NNIS)

School of Engineering

, Dr Matthew Dyson Tuesday, June 01, 2021 Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
Newcastle United Kingdom Bioengineering Biomedical Engineering Biotechnology Electrical Engineering Electronic Engineering Internet Of Things

About the Project

Number of awards


Start date and duration

September 2021, 3.5 years


This PhD studentship will develop a next generation near-infrared spectroscopy system for next generation prosthesis. The project will develop improved opto-electronic circuits for non-invasive, highly accurate analysis of muscle activity. Multi-faceted opto-electronic circuits that transmit custom signals will be co-optimised to measure muscle contraction along with applied custom digital signal processing algorithms. The developed circuits and digital signal processing algorithms will be validated in the context of upper-limb prosthesis control in an applied setting and compared with the current clinical standard.

The successful candidate will join both the Communications and Intelligent Sensing Laboratories, supervised by Dr Paul Anthony Haigh and Dr Matthew Dyson, respectively, within the School of Engineering at Newcastle University. Training in relevant areas of physiology and muscle control will be provided by colleagues based in the Faculty of Medical Sciences. A comprehensive plan is in place for training and skill development for this multi-disciplinary project. The successful candidate also have the opportunity to travel to international conferences and meetings, and will be provided with soft skills and personal training.

For more information contact Dr Paul Anthony Haigh and Dr Matthew Dyson at  and 


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Name of supervisor(s)

Dr Paul Anthony Haigh

Dr Matthew Dyson

Eligibility Criteria

You must have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent, in bioengineering, electronic/electrical engineering or any related subject.

The award is available to home and international applicants.

How to apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system.

The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:

  • Insert the programme code 8060F in the programme of study section
  • Select ‘PhD Electrical and Electronic Engineering (full time) - Electrical & Electronic Engineering' as the programme of study
  • Insert the studentship code CASE2113 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 CASE2113 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

You should also send your covering letter and CV to Dr Paul Anthony Haigh and Dr Matthew Dyson at  and 


For further details, please contact:

Dr Paul Anthony Haigh

School of Engineering


Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5207

Funding Notes

Full fees and annual living allowance of £15,609. Also, significant additional funding to cover research costs and local, national and international travel (conferences and exchanges).

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