PhD Scholarship in Bionics, Electrical and Optical CoStimulation

Hawthorn, Australia
17 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
31 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology
  • PhD Scholarship Bionics : Electrical and Optical CoStimulation
  • 3 years, Hawthorn Campus

About the scholarship

We are looking for excellent candidates for a three year PhD position at Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. The position is funded based on the condition for SUPRA-award

Electrical stimulation has been used to restore sensory functions in people who lost their vision or hearing. A novel way to stimulate neurons is to combine conventional electrical stimulation with targeted optical stimulation. The aim of this project is to explore the effects of combined electrical and optical stimulation on neural responses using in vitro experiments and computer simulations. 

The goal is to determine whether optical stimulation alone or in combination with electrical stimulation can significantly improve the resolution of neural activation using optogenetics to render neurons responsive to light. The student will develop and optimise independent or combined optical/electrical stimulation strategies in vitro and in computer simulations to understand the dynamics of neurons in response to light stimuli and set the parameters for in vivo experiments. The project will answer fundamental research questions in the area of optogenetics.

Skills and experience

To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate the following:

  •  A Bachelor degree Honours and/or a research Master’s degree in a discipline relevant to the research topic
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination certificate with a minimum overall score of 6.5 with no individual band score below 6.0
  • Self-motivated person who meets the academic requirements for enrolment for the PhD degree at Swinburne University of Technology

A full list of the selection criteria is available within the position description

Further information, contacts and support

To start an application click on begin at the bottom of this page and submit a resume, cover letter and response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the Position Description below.

Please do not email or send paper applications, all applications must be submitted online.

For further information about the position, please contact Tatiana Kameneva (Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow – STEM & Lecturer) on 9214 4697 or

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Applications close at: 5 pm, Monday 31st December 2018

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