PhD Studentship Neuromuscular Systems: Multi-Domain Lifestyle Targets for Improving ProgNOsis in Huntington’s Disease

1. Background

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship funded through the EU Joint Programme – Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND) and Health Research Board (HRB) with the Neuromuscular Systems Research Lab at University College Dublin. This project is in collaboration with a network of European Partners, including the Centre for Trials Research (CTR), Cardiff University.

The PhD candidate will develop and validate signal processing algorithms for capturing physical activity in Huntington’s disease (HD) patients using wearable sensors. HD is a progressive, lifelimiting neurodegenerative disease. It has serious consequences for the individual and their families. No current treatment to modify the course of the disease exists. Improved evidencebased symptom assessment is crucial to optimising disease management. This project aims to identify key environmental factors (physical activity, sleep activity and nutrition) that may be responsive in targeted interventions with a view towards optimising disease management for individuals with HD. The PhD applicant will have the opportunity to travel to other European project partner’s research facilities. The project will commence in May/Sept 2019.

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. Experience in wearable sensing, data analysis and predictive modelling are also an advantage.

2. Funding

The PhD studentship covers 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.

3. How to Apply

Please send a cover letter describing your experience and interest in this project (1 page max), CV, and academic transcripts before January 31st to

Professor Madeleine Lowery
UCD School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
University College Dublin
Belfield Dublin 4
Ireland

Email: neuromuscular@ucd.ie or aoife.ogorman@ucd.ie
Website: www.neuromuscularsystemsucd.info