PhD Studentship in Biomedical Signal Processing

September 18 2017
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Full Time
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Position Summary

The Neonatal Brain Research Group at the Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research (INFANT), University College Cork, invites applications for a PhD opportunity in biomedical engineering. The 4-year funded programme is available to those interested in developing new methods in signal processing for the early detection of brain injury in premature infants in intensive care.

We are seeking highly self-motivated applicants with a keen interest in research and a willingness to work in a multi-disciplinary environment at a world-leading research centre. We have established a truly unique database of brain activity specifically for this project using EEG (electroencephalogram) and NIRS (near infrared spectroscopy) technologies. The candidate will produce cutting-edge research with the potential to mitigate the effects of early brain injury and therefore improve the lives of millions of people born too early. Dr. John O' Toole and Prof. Geraldine Boylan will supervise the PhD programme.

The Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research (INFANT, is a large SFI Research Centre hosted at Cork University Maternity Hospital, at University College Cork, Ireland. INFANT will focus on fast-tracking discoveries to the bed-side and cot-side by serving as a hub for innovation. The creation of next generation devices to facilitate point-of-care and remote healthcare monitoring and diagnostics will transform pregnancy, neonatal healthcare and service delivery on a global level. Prevention of perinatal complications and adverse outcomes will have health, economic and societal impacts and will fundamentally change the delivery of perinatal care. The INFANT team is a diverse group of clinicians and scientists who are supported by selected industry partners, international collaborators and business and regulatory advisors. The Centre is funded by both national and international funding agencies and INFANT Principal Investigators (PIs) have a current research funding portfolio in excess of €30 million.

Requirements for the successful application:

  • Hold either a Masters degree in biomedical engineering or an honours (first or second class) bachelor degree in electronic engineering or relevant discipline.

  • Self-motivated with proven organisational skills to prioritise and deliver agreed objectives

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to work both independently and part of a collaborative team

  • Strong interest in biomedical research

  • Strong grasp of mathematical concepts underpinning engineering methods

  • Interest in computer programming and basic IT skills

  • Experience in biomedical signal processing an advantage

The position is funded for up to 4 years, with tax free stipend of €18,500 Eur per annum and payment of academic fees. The successful applicant will be asked to proceed through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC, for formal registration. 

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