PhD position: Engineering brain activity patterns using BMI
Treatment-resistant psychiatric and neurological
disorders are a major public health problem impacting many millions of
people worldwide. Despite significant progress in our understanding and
manipulation of the neuronal circuits involved in these disorders our
ability to assess and treat them remains very limited. The goal of the
project is to understand and correct brain activity patterns in animal
models using minimally invasive brain machine/computer interfaces and
precise drug delivery technologies.
Different subprojects will cover a wide range of methods and questions. PhD students will work at the intersections of multiple subprojects:
(1) development and testing of recording and
stimulation electrodes that can be chronically implanted
(2) designing and testing of chips with neuromorphic architecture for recording brain activity
(3) connectivity and network analysis on the level of brain areas, cortical layers and cell types
(4) behavioral and neurophysiological characterization of a neuropsychiatric disorder animal model
(5) optimize non-invasive drug delivery to the brain using focused ultrasound
(6) fMRI-guided drug delivery and dosing.
The starting date is fall 2019. Positions are for 4-6 years. The candidate will be enrolled as PhD student at the Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, and the Neuroscience Center Zurich PhD program.
Applicants should send,
in one merged PDF, a cover letter with a statement of research
interests, CV, publications, relevant certificates (degrees and grades),
and the name and contact of at least two references to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are accepted until the positions are filled.