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EPSRC DTP Studentship – Adaptive brain-machine interfaces

Department of Engineering, Cambridge

University of Cambridge, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, UK


  • Posted on: 28th Nov 2020
  • Funding amount: Funding Available
  • Funding for: UK Students
  • REF: NM24882
  • Closes: 28th February 2021
  • Hours: Full Time

Brain Computer Interfaces are an emerging technology that will revolutionise neuroscience and medicine. A central obstacle in this field is understanding how neural activity evolves over time as animals and humans learn and adapt. This is a collaborative project between theorists and experimentalists to develop and provide proof of principle of robust, reliable neural decoding algorithms and a deeper understanding of neural data. The project will build on ongoing collaborative work between groups in Cambridge and Harvard Medical School, with opportunities to develop new collaborations.

A strong interest in neuroscience or biology is essential, as well as an ability to initiate and organise collaborative work, and communicate across disciplines. Strong, demonstrated programming skills are required and a familiarity with statistical signal processing and machine learning is desirable. We particularly encourage applications from underrepresented groups.

EPSRC DTP studentships are fully-funded (fees and maintenance) for eligible UK students. International (including EU) students will be considered for partial funding (home-level fees and maintenance) from the DTP. We recommend that international students follow the instructions below and apply for admission to the PhD via the applicant portal by 3 December, in order that they can also be put forward for funding from the Cambridge Trust for the home-overseas fee difference if selected.

Further details about eligibility and funding can be found at: https://epsrc.ukri.org/skills/students/help/eligibility/ https://www.postgraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/fees https://www.cambridgetrust.org/scholarships/

Applicants should have (or expect to obtain by the start date) at least a first class degree in an Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, Statistics, or a related subject.

To apply for this studentship, please send your two page CV and a statement describing your research interests and motivation to Dr Timothy O’Leary (tso24@cam.ac.uk) as soon as possible and no later than 28 February 2021.

Please note that any offer of funding will be conditional on securing a place as a PhD student. Candidates will need to apply for admission through the University’s Graduate Admissions application portal; this can be done before or after applying for this studentship. Note that there is a £70 fee for PhD applications. The applicant portal can be accessed via: www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/egegpdpeg. The funding is conditional on submitting this application before 31 March 2021.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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