Thompson Institute PhD Scholarship

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Thompson Institute PhD Scholarship

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The Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience - Thompson Institute at the University of the Sunshine Coast is seeking to recruit two PhD students to work on multimodal neuroimaging projects in the areas of youth mental health and suicide prevention.

The scholarships are available from January 2018 and the planned studies will employ cutting-edge neuroimaging methods (EEG, MRI, DTI, MRS fMRI) combined with quantitative data analysis with a special focus on biomarker profiling and explicating mechanisms that underpin psychiatric conditions.

Candidates should have an Honours or Master degree in Science, Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Computer science, Biomedical engineering or a related field and a strong interest in the key areas of cognitive neuroscience that are relevant for the research, coupled with strong computational skills (e.g., FSL, SPM, Python, Matlab).

Candidates are expected to have excellent communication skills in English, both written and verbal. Experience with neuroimaging techniques (e.g., MRI/EEG) and related analyses are highly desirable as well as a demonstrated an ability to work with youth and adult cohorts.

Onsite research facilities at the Thompson institute include 3T MRI including MR compatible EEG, 2 multimodal EEG labs including eye tracking and autonomic nervous system measures, brain stimulation (TMS and tDCS) labs, and neurofeedback.

Full-time postgraduate scholarships (AUD$27,082 per annum tax-free for three years) are available for suitably qualified candidates.

Eligibility:
  • Domestic student HDR student at USC
  • Bachelors Degree with First Class Honours or equivalent previous study, relevant work experience, research publications, or other research experience
  • Maintain satisfactory progress
  • Not hold an equivalent qualification to the one currently being applied for
  • Not have previously held a Commonwealth-funded postgraduate research scholarship unless it was terminated within six months of the current scholarship’s payments commencing
  • Not be the recipient of an equivalent award, scholarship, or salary, providing a benefit greater than 75 percent of the RTP rate to undertake a HDR. Income unrelated to the course of study is not to be taken into account.
Selection criteria:
  • Academic qualifications
  • Alignment of the proposed research to one of USC’s areas of research concentration
  • Record of research publications
  • Professional research experience
Required:
  • Honours or Master degree in Science, Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Computer science, Biomedical engineering or a related field.
  • Strong interest in the key areas of cognitive neuroscience that are relevant for the research.
  • Strong computational skills (e.g., FSL, SPM, Python, Matlab)
  • Candidates are expected to have excellent communication skills in English, both written and verbal.
Desirable:
  • Experience with neuroimaging techniques (e.g., MRI/EEG) and related analyses are highly desirable as well as a demonstrated an ability to work with youth and adult cohorts.
Number available:
2
Value:
AUD$27,082 Stipend per annum 
Application:
For further information, please contact Professor Jim Lagopoulos PAscmnti@usc.edu.au
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