[FieldTrip] PhD positions - TU Delft

Alfred Schouten - 3ME A.C.Schouten at tudelft.nl
Wed Jun 20 10:02:32 CEST 2012

The Department of Biomechanical Engineering is seeking three PhD students for the ERC Research Project "4D-EEG: A new tool to investigate the spatial and temporal activity patterns in the brain".

4D-EEG is a highly prestigious project to develop a novel method for investigating brain activity in healthy subjects and humans. The first goal of the project is to develop a new tool to determine brain activity at a high temporal and spatial resolution, with the focus on motor control. The method combines high density EEG and EEG source localisation with advanced robot manipulators to impose precise perturbations to the joints. Using system identification, the dynamic response of brain areas to the perturbation will be assessed, leading to a functional interpretation of the EEG with time. 4D-EEG will provide a direct measure of the neural activity in the brain related to motor control tasks. The second goal is to generate and validate new hypotheses about the longitudinal relationship between motor learning and neuroplasticity in patients suffering from a stroke. The non-invasive 4D-EEG technique combined with haptic robots will open a window into what and how patients (re)learn when showing motor recovery after stroke, in order to develop more effective patient-tailored therapies in neuro-rehabilitation. A further aim is to link these functional results with structural measurements, like Diffusion Tensor Imaging (e.g. DTI).

The project consists of five subprojects, each requiring specific expertise. At this moment we are looking for three candidates for three subproject involving 1) EEG source localization, 2) Diffusion Tensor Imaging, 3) Neuromuscular modelling. You should have experience in one or more of the following fields: data acquisition and processing of electrophysiological and biomechanical signals, neuroimaging and EEG source localisation. You should have an affinity for experiments in human subjects and have extensive programming skills (e.g. Matlab or C++). You should have an MSc in (Bio)Mechanical or Electrical Engineering or in (applied) Mathematics or Physics. Excellent knowledge of English is a prerequisite.

The successful candidates will be employed by Delft University of Technology for a fixed period of four years, within which he/she is expected to write a doctoral thesis. TU Delft offers an attractive benefits package, including a flexible work week, free high-speed Internet access from home (with contracts of two years or longer), and the option of assembling a customised compensation and benefits package (the 'IKA'). Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. A.C. Schouten, e-mail: a.c.schouten at tudelft.nl<mailto:a.c.schouten at tudelft.nl>. To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV along with a letter of application by 1 July 2012 to M.J.B. Kole, application-3mE at tudelft.nl<mailto:application-3mE at tudelft.nl>. When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number 3ME12-20 and the specific subproject (- 1, - 2, or - 3).

Alfred C. Schouten, PhD
associate professor  Neuromuscular Control

Delft University of Technology, Faculty 3mE
Biomechanical Engineering, room 5A-1-15
+31-(0)-152785247, http://www.3me.tudelft.nl/nmc
University of Twente, Faculty CTW
Biomechanical Engineering, room W210
+31-(0)-534892446, http://www.bw.ctw.utwente.nl/research/neuromechanics/

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