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Post-doctoral Research Fellow: Multiscale Modelling of Deep brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s Disease

Description

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is an effective, safe and reversible method for treating the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders. It involves implanting electrodes in the brain to stimulate neurons responsible for symptoms including tremor, slowed movement and stiffness. Despite its success, the methods by which DBS works are not yet known and many questions remain to be answered in order to realize its full potential. Research within our group aims to improve our understanding of DBS and to identify new approaches for stimulation using computer models of networks of neurons within the brain and the neuromuscular system.

We require a Research Assistant with strong analytical and programming skills to assist researchers within the group to integrate software and data sets, and design and test experimental equipment.

The start date for this position will be December 2017.

Who Should Apply

Applicants should have, or expect to obtain, a Masters degree in Computer/Electronic Engineering, Computer Science or a related discipline. Suitable candidates will have a strong interest in applying their computing skills to biomedical/neural engineering and neuroscience. Excellent computer programming skills are essential.

How to Apply

Full details of the position and the application process are available through the UCD Human Resources website (http://www.ucd.ie/hr/jobvacancies/): job ref 009758 ‘Research Assistant, UCD School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Temporary)’.

Informal enquiries may be made to

Professor Madeleine Lowery:
Email: madeleine.lowery@ucd.ie
Tel: +353 1 716 1911

 

Post-doctoral Research Fellow: Multiscale Modelling of Deep brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s Disease

Description

Applications are invited for a full-time post-doctoral position with the Neuromuscular Systems Research Lab at University College Dublin. The project represents an exciting opportunity for enthusiastic candidates to work on a new multidisciplinary research project funded by the European Research Council (ERC). This project aims to develop a multiscale model of the neuromuscular system to design and test closed-loop control strategies for deep brain stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson’s disease. A highly motivated post-doctoral research fellow is sought to develop methods to integrate various system components across multiple temporal and spatial scales. The project would suit candidates with expertise in multiscale modelling, computational neuroscience and/or physiology of the corticospinal and basal ganglia systems.

The Neuromuscular Systems Lab is a multidisciplinary research group in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at University College Dublin. Our research involves applying engineering principles, in particular mathematical modelling, signal analysis and experimentation, to understand how the nervous system controls muscle in healthy and diseased states. Through this research we aim to improve our understanding of the neuromuscular system to address fundamental questions in the control of human movement and to develop improved therapeutic and rehabilitation strategies.

Who Should Apply

Applicants should hold a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Computational Neuroscience, Electrical/Electronic Engineering or a related discipline. Prior experience in neural modelling, multiscale modelling and corticospinal/basal ganglia physiology is preferred. Excellent communication, analytical and programming skills are required. Suitable candidates should be able to work independently and as a part of team.

How to Apply

Full details of the position and the application process are available through the UCD Human Resources website (http://www.ucd.ie/hr/jobvacancies/): job ref 009760 ‘UCD Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Level I or Level II, UCD School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering (Temporary)’.

Informal enquiries may be made to

Professor Madeleine Lowery:
Email: madeleine.lowery@ucd.ie
Tel: +353 1 716 1911

 

PhD and Postdoctoral Positions

PhD Position: Optimisation of Implantable Electrodes for Neural Stimulation

Description

Applications are invited for a full time PhD position with the Neuromuscular Systems Research Lab at University College Dublin. The position is funded by the Science Foundation Ireland CÚRAM Centre for Research in Medical Devices. The start date for the project is September 2017.

Recent advances in technologies that interface with the nervous system offer the potential for significant therapeutic and rehabilitation benefits across a diverse range of applications including deep brain stimulation, brain machine interfaces and neural control of prostheses. Changes that occur at the interface between the electrode and surrounding tissue during long-term neural recording or stimulation can have a significant effect on electrode performance, yet are not yet fully understood.

This project aims to increase understanding of the biological response of neural tissue to implanted electrodes, and to design electrodes for long-term recording and stimulation of neural tissue in which the mechanical and material properties of the electrode are matched to the tissue in which they are implanted. The problem will be addressed through a combination of experimental methods and computational modelling.

Who Should Apply

Applicants should have, or expect to obtain, a first or upper second class honours Bachelors or Masters degree in Electrical, Electronic or Biomedical Engineering (or a related discipline). Suitable candidates will have a strong interest in biomedical/neural engineering and neuroscience. Excellent analytical, computational and communications skills are essential. Suitable candidates should be able to work independently and as a part of team.

Funding

The position is funded by the Science Foundation Ireland CÚRAM Centre for Research in Medical Devices. Studentships cover tuition fees for EU applicants and a tax free stipend of €18,000 per year. An annual allowance is provided for research consumables and for conference attendance.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter describing your experience and interest in this project (1 page max), CV, and academic transcripts to

Prof. Madeleine Lowery

UCD School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

University College Dublin

Belfield

Dublin 4

Ireland

E-mail: madeleine.lowery@ucd.ie

Tel. (01) 716 1911

 

PhD or PostDoctoral Opportunity in Orthopaedic Medical Device Design

The UCD Medical Device Design Group is always looking to attract highly motivated candidates to join our interdisciplinary team, developing medical devices that address clinical needs. Our projects focus on the design, development and testing of novel medical devices for a broad suite of clinical indications.

The UCD Medical Device Design Group is an interdisciplinary team with collaborative links nationally to Cúram, the SFI Centre for Research in Medical Devices and internationally to leading laboratories at Harvard University and MIT.

Our projects have significant potential for commercial development and require engineers interest in engaging in commercial exploitation of technology, working closely with clinical and industry collaborators.

Preferred candidate can be invited to apply for PhD or postdoctoral funding (dependent on career stage) under the supervision of Dr. Eoin O’Cearbhaill through the Irish Research Council’s Enterprise Partnership Scheme (http://research.ie/scheme/enterprise-partnership-scheme or http://research.ie/scheme/enterprise-partnership-scheme-postdoctoral-now-open) where an industry partner and appropriate project are identified.

Further info:

For more information on this position please contact Dr. Eoin O’Cearbhaill (eoin.ocearbhaill@ucd.ie)

Undergraduate Positions

Annual Student Summer Research Awards Programme

The SSRA programme is an 8-week supervised undergraduate student project within our research laboratories, at our affiliated clinical sites or with patient advocate groups.

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Further positions may be available which are not listed here nor on the UCD Human Resources website. In this case, please read up on and contact relevant Principal Investigators for information on other available positions.

 

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neural modelling, multiscale modelling and corticospinal/basal ganglia physiology