Open positions

Postdoctoral researcher, PhD, MSc, and/or BSc student positions (up to 4 recruits)

 

We are looking for highly motivated researchers and students to join our multinational and multidisciplinary team to make a great impact in how the human brain can be stimulated and treated with AI-controlled closed-loop magnetic stimulation.

The goal of the ConnectToBrain* project is to develop next-generation multi-locus transcranial magnetic stimulation techniques that allow to shift the locus (site in the brain) of the stimulation electronically and the algorithms to stimulate brain networks in a feedback-controlled way. This European Research Council (ERC) Synergy project is conducted as a close collaboration between Aalto University, Finland, University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy, and University of Tübingen, Germany.

*Connecting to the Networks of the Human Brain, cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/224570

We are looking for exceptional candidates to participate e.g. in the following tasks:

  • Designing and building multilocus TMS (mTMS) coil arrays that will eventually cover most of the cortical mantle and will allow accurate real-time control of the location, direction, intensity and timing of millisecond-time-scale sequences of brain-activating pulses.
  • Designing and programming the mTMS user-interface software and the interface of this software to the stimulation hardware and to the software for signal analysis and AI control systems.
  • Algorithms for brain connectivity and real-time brain activity estimation based on high-density EEG and MRI for brain-state-dependent and closed-loop transcranial magnetic stimulation.

1. Postdoctoral position

Requirements: Successful PhD studies in physics, mathematics, or engineering (e.g., electrical, automation, control, materials, computer science, signal processing, AI); ability and motivation to work towards the goals of the ConnectToBrain project; excellent proficiency in the English language, in particular for writing scientific papers and technical reports and documentation. Motivation to teach and guide students in the project.

Selection criteria: Proficiency in physics, mathematics, electronics, coding, or other scientific or engineering fields; demonstration of ambition and motivation. Ability to find novel and elegant solutions to difficult problems. Willingness to work at times in the collaborating institutions (in Tübingen and/or Chieti). Possible additional qualifications and experience obtained in non-standard or informal ways. Ability to teach. Willingness to participate in a wide scope of tasks in the project, including the organization of events and subprojects as well as participation in grant writing.

2. Doctoral student position

Requirements: Successful MSc studies in physics, mathematics, or engineering (e.g., electrical, automation, control, materials, computer science, signal processing, AI); ability and motivation to complete the PhD thesis in 4 years; good proficiency in the English language, in particular in writing. Interest in neuroscience and clinical applications.

Selection criteria: Proficiency in physics, mathematics, electronics, coding, or other scientific or engineering fields; demonstration of ambition and motivation. Ability to find novel and elegant solutions to difficult problems. Willingness to work at times in the collaborating institutions (in Tübingen and/or Chieti). Possible additional qualifications and experience obtained in non-standard or informal ways.

3. Undergraduate student position

Requirements: Successful studies in physics, mathematics, or engineering (e.g., electrical, automation, control, materials, computer science, signal processing, AI); preliminary interest to continue into doctoral studies; good proficiency in the English language, in particular in writing. Ability and willingness to learn and expand one’s skill and knowledge set.

Selection criteria: Success in previous studies; motivation and ambition level.  Willingness to work at times in the collaborating institutions (in Tübingen and/or Chieti). Possible additional qualifications and experience obtained in non-standard or informal ways.

Selections Panel: Prof. Risto Ilmoniemi (chair); Dr. Timo Roine (secretary); Ms. Aino Tervo, MSc; Ms. Sara Liljander, MSc, Dr. Jaakko Nieminen; Mr. Heikki Sinisalo, MSc.

Preferred starting time: as soon as possible or convenient. 

The work will be financially compensated according to the Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering (Aalto University) guidelines for a period of 2+2 years (postdoc), 1+3 years (doctoral student), or 6 months (MSc student), or a more flexible arrangement, e.g., including part-time work for students with on-going undergraduate courses.

Send your application including a brief description about yourself and your motivation, experience, and studies. Applications should be sent at the latest on December 15, 2019.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Timo Roine

Project Manager, ConnectToBrain

Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering

[email protected]

 

Prof. Risto Ilmoniemi

Coordinator, ConnectToBrain

Head of the Department, Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering

[email protected]

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