Neurotechnology is the use of insights and tools from engineering, mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology to investigate neural function and treat dysfunction. Brain-related illnesses affect more than two billion people worldwide, and the numbers are growing. Reducing this burden is a major challenge for society. The Centre for Doctoral Training in Neurotechnology for Life and Health is training a new generation of multidisciplinary researchers at the interface of neuroscience and engineering, to address this challenge.
The CDT spans the Faculties of Engineering, Natural Sciences and Medicine at Imperial College, with investigators from multiple departments including Bioengineering, Brain Sciences, Chemistry, Computing and Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Directed by Profs Simon Schultz, Bill Wisden and Paul Matthews, it typically admits 12-14 students per year. All research projects involve a team of supervisors, each of whom bring complementary expertise to the project. In addition to researchers from across Imperial College, the CDT involves twenty industry and charity partners, as well as satellite research groups at the Crick Institute, UCL and the University of Oxford.
Studentships begin with a one-year MRes in Neurotechnology, which forms an integral part of the four year training programme. During this year, students take 3 months of taught courses specially developed for the CDT, followed by laboratory rotations as part of a single research training project. After the first year, students enter the PhD phase having developed the interdisciplinary and technical skills to thrive in a cutting edge research environment, and make the most impact with their PhD. Throughout the programme, alongside their academic training, students benefit from additional CDT training elements, including professional skills development workshops, public engagement and outreach training, internships, conferences and seminars.
Applicants should be seeking to undertake a multidisciplinary 4-year research training programme at the interface between neuroscience and engineering. Candidates should have, or expect to obtain, a first or upper second class degree, or non-UK equivalent, in an engineering or physical sciences discipline. Students with a biological or medical sciences background will be considered in exceptional circumstances, if they can demonstrate substantial quantitative skills.
All studentships are open to UK or EU* applicants who meet EPSRC eligibility criteria. A limited number of places is also available to UK or EU applicants, with no residency criteria.
*EU students starting their studies in 2018-19 will be eligible for Home-rate tuition fees, so can still apply.
International (non UK/EU) candidates cannot apply for funded studentships, but may be considered for alternative CDT projects if they can provide their own full funding for the 4 years. Interested candidates should visit the CDT website and contact their proposed supervisor(s) to discuss opportunities and alternative projects before applying.
Studentships cover tuition fees and a tax free stipend of approximately £16,500 per year. A generous annual allowance is provided for research consumables and for conference attendance.
Projects available for October 2018 start are listed below - click a project for details and a link to apply, or visit www.imperial.ac.uk/neurotechnology/cdt for more information on the CDT programme and full application details.
|3D Ultrasound Computed Tomography of the Brain||Details|
|3D-resolved optogenetic excitation using time-averaged speckle patterns||Details|
|Closed-loop, personalized brain stimulation intervention for impairment of cognitive control||Details|
|Development of non-invasive deep brain stimulation technology||Details|
|Engineering tactile signals to aid hearing in noisy background||Details|
|Neurochemical CMOS array – bedside assay of ionic and inflammatory marker from the human brain||Details|
|Whole-brain dynamics and higher cognitive processing in disorders of consciousness||Details|