Jobs: Fully-funded PhD position in BCI at UCL, London, UK

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Jobs: Fully-funded PhD position in BCI at UCL, London, UK

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We are advertising a 3-year PhD studentship with stipend and fees, funded by the Leslie Fund Trust. This is part of an ongoing research project called RESPONSS: Rehabilitation Technologies Supporting Clinical and Self-management of Spasticity. The student will be registered with UCL and join a team of researchers at the Centre for Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology ( ) and London Spinal Cord Injury Centre (LSCIC), Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH). The studentship will be based at the UCL/RNOH Stanmore campus.

Title: Feasibility and development of a brain-computer interface to support clinical and self-management of spasticity

Duration of studentship: 3 years

Stipend: A stipend of £18,700 per annum (tax free) subject to nationality and residence status.

Full details:


This PhD study will explore the relationship between the brain and muscle activity for volitional and non-volitional movements. Using this information the study will go on to develop a hybrid brain-computer interface (hBCI) that will continuously measure the user’s brain and muscle activity to determine when one of these alternative interventions should be triggered (started/stopped). The student will make use of our existing electrophysiological recording equipment (g.Tec and/or TMSi) and will focus on the software, signal-processing and classifier development. The PhD will involve experiments with human participants throughout and will culminate in a series of case studies with spinal cord injured patients to evaluate the feasibility of using such a system in clinical practice.

We are looking for a student who can undertake not only the technical aspects of the brain-computer interface development, but who also has an interest in the translation of technology to the patient group. The student will work closely with a clinical scientist or physiotherapist whilst with patients, but must have good interpersonal and communication skills, with a desire to work in a clinical setting. Previous experience of brain-computer interfaces is not essential but evidence of previous work with human participants would be desirable.

The studentship covers the fees for UK/EU students only. Additional fees may be required for students applying who do not fulfill UCL’s criteria to be considered a home student. Please check the UCL website for full criteria at ... tatus_proc . 

Application: To make an application please submit a 2-page CV with a cover letter, explaining your interests, engineering and research experience (including examples of previous project work) to Dr Tom Carlson <>. Please use the subject: “RESPONSS BCI PhD Studentship”


Application Closing Date: Sunday 2nd July 2017
Interview Date: Tuesday 25th July 2017. Interviews will be conducted either in person at the RNOH 
(UCL Stanmore campus), or via Skype.
Studentship Start Date: Monday 2nd October 2017

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