[robotics-worldwide] PhD position in Neuroscience Based Interactive Systems for Motor Rehabilitation

Sergi Bermudez i Badia sergi.bermudez at m-iti.org
Fri Mar 30 04:09:18 PDT 2012

Dear colleagues,

     Please find the announcement of a PhD position in rehabilitation
technologies (Virtual Reality and Brain Computer Interfaces). If you
know interested candidates, please forward on.

Best regards,

Sergi Bermúdez i Badia


*PhD student position available for the FP7 Marie Curie grant Neuroscience
Based Interactive Systems for Motor Rehabilitation.*

*Job Reference:* MC-CIG RehabNet

*Keywords:* Brain Computer Interface, Limb Orthosis, Serious Games,
Neuroscience, Stroke

*Job summary: *

The Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI) is a not-for-profit
Innovation Institute of the University of Madeira, Madeira, Portugal.
Studying at M-ITI brings you into an international research environment in
a wonderful place in Europe (http://www.m-iti.org/). Our institute in
Madeira is one of the top-level institutes in Europe in the areas of HCI,
Computer Science, and Entertainment Technology. Your study in either of
these areas will give you the opportunity to gain experience in a
research-driven organisation with many ongoing research projects that enjoy
both national and international collaboration.

A call is now open for 1 PhD student financed by the EC (303891 RehabNet
FP7-PEOPLE-2011-CIG) under FP7 - Marie Curie. This project is an
interdisciplinary collaboration between industry (MYOMO Inc.), university
(Universidade da Madeira) and the Madeiran public health system (SESARAM)
to exploit state-of-the-art ICT technologies and a neuroscience based
rational to provide with novel, more effective, and personalized
rehabilitation training systems to fight the sequels and the psycho-social
and economical impact of Stroke.

As part of the PhD project, the candidate is expected to spend some time
working together with our collaborators MYOMO Inc. (Boston, USA) and at
Carnegie Mellon's Quality of Life Technologies center (Pittsburgh, USA).

This project addresses several research areas including: A) clinical
research; B) robotics, C) Human Computer Interaction (HCI); and D)
neurofeedback and neuroscience. It is focused on the exploitation of
biological signals of humans such as cerebral and muscle activity to enable
Stroke patients to have access to novel rehabilitation technologies using
serious games and robotic limb orthoses. The candidate will join the team
and will conduct his PhD focusing in exploiting the synergies between brain
computer interfaces (EEG-based non invasive measurement of brain
potentials) and virtual reality based interactive systems for motor


The work will be conducted at the Madeira-Interactive Technologies
Institute under the supervision of Prof. Sergi Bermúdez i Badia (
http://neurorehabilitation.m-iti.org) in close collaboration with
clinicians and patients. The main task for the accepted candidate will be
to conduct research towards his/her PhD. The candidate is expected to
complete the degree within 4 years.

The ideal candidate would be a computer scientist, electric, electronic or
tele-communications engineer or a closely related discipline with
background in any of the following fields: brain-computer interfaces,
signal processing or machine learning.

Applicants should fulfill the following requirements:

- MSc degree or equivalent in computer science, electric, electronic or
tele-communications engineering or other relevant disciplines for research
PhD project.

- Strong oral and written English communication skills, people skills, the
ability to work independently as well as a team member and taking the
initiative and being proactive.

The grant will have a duration of 4 years, with an initial evaluation
period. The student will receive a stipend between 980-1300€/month
depending on his/her qualifications. Voluntary Social Security (SSV) and
accidents insurance are included.

Applications are accepted until the position is filled. The outcome of the
selection process will be notified to the applicants via email.
Applications should be sent via email to sergi.bermudez at m-iti.org and
should include:

-       Motivation letter

-       Full CV

-       Copy of degree certificates

-       Copy of ID card or passport

-       Recommendation Letters (facultative)


*Dr. Sergi Bermúdez i Badia
Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute
Universidade da Madeira
Gabinete 2.73
Caminho da Penteada
9020-105 Funchal, Madeira

*Telf: +351 291 70 5282
Fax: +351 291 70 5199*

*webpage: http://neurorehabilitation.m-iti.org*

*blog: http://sergibermudez.blogspot.com*

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*- PhD student position
Rehabilitation Robotics and Brain Computer Interfaces*

*- Apply now to the Telluride Neuromorphic Cognition Engineering


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