PhD Projects in Computational Movement Neuroscience – University of Auckland

PhD Projects in Computational Movement Neuroscience

PhD funding for two positions at the University of Auckland is available from the Laboratory for Animate Technologies, in conjunction with the Movement Neuroscience Laboratory. The overall goal of this work is to develop a neuromusculoskeletal simulation of the human motor control system, incorporated into BabyX, an artificially intelligent, interactive toddler. The simulation will generate realistic human movements in response to its environment, and have layers that recreate the electrophysiological behaviour of the brain, to replicate experimental findings such as EEG, TMS, and intracortical recording and stimulation.

The funding will cover tuition fees and the standard doctoral stipend of NZ$27,000 p.a.. The work will be supervised by Dr Angus McMorland (Exercise Sciences, Faculty of Science), and co-supervised by Assoc. Prof. Mark Sagar (Director of the Laboratory for Animate Technologies, Auckland Bioengineering Institute), Dr Mark Trew (Auckland Bioengineering Institute), and Asst. Prof. Steven Chase (Biomedical Engineering & Centre for the Neural Basis of Cognition, Carnegie Mellon University).

Applicants should have a Masters degree, Bachelors degree with Honours, or higher. This is a cross-disciplinary study and an applicant is unlikely to already have all the necessary skills, but should have experience in some of the following: neurophysiology or biomechanics (biomedical science, physiology, or exercise science), computational modelling (computer science or engineering science), or complex systems (mathematics).

Applications should include an academic transcript, statement of research interests, description of previous research, and references. Applications will be received until the positions are filled, but may go early if suitable candidates are found.

Send all correspondence to: Dr Angus McMorland a.mcmorland@auckland.ac.nz.

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