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Individual PhD projects:

University of Oxford (4 positions)

Project 1: “Developing a clinical screen for attentional problems after stroke” (supervisors Glyn Humphreys and Nele Demeyere). This project aims to develop a new bedside screen to measure attentional abilities after brain lesion using TABLET methods. The skill set will require programming in MATLAB as well as good bedside testing skills.

Project 2: “Clinical screening after stroke using MEG & MRI” (supervisor Kia Nobre). This studentship will be involved in developing biomarkers for attentional change after brain lesion using fMRI and/or MEG.

Project 3: “Cognitive rehabilitation of attention after stroke” (supervisor: Glyn Humphreys). This project aims to assess new attempts to rehabilitate attentional problems after stroke using either computer-based training or EEG biofeedback.

Project 4: “Neuropharmacological rehabilitation of attention after stroke” (supervisor: Masud Husain). This project aims to develop neuropsychological rehabilitation for attentional disorders after brain damage using (e.g.,) pharmacological intervention.

The Job Description and how to apply for the post can be obtained from here.

University Pompeu Fabre, Barcelona (1 project)

Project 5: “Dynamic neurocomputational modelling of attentional rehabilitation” (supervisor Gustavo Deco).  This project will use macroscopic neurocomputational models of human brain function to characterise the operation of human attentional networks and the effects of neural change/intervention.

The Job Description and how to apply for the post can be obtained from here.

University of Copenhagen (2 projects)

Project 6: “Theory of Visual Attention (TVA) and ADHD” (supervisor: Claus Bundesen). The aim of this project is to develop the Theory of Visual Attention (TVA) to characterise attentional disturbances in individuals with ADHD.

Project 7: “EEG -TVA analysis of ADHD ”  (supervisor: Claus Bundesen). This project will use TVA in relation to EEG biomarkers of attention to characterise changes in attention in individuals with ADHD.

The Job Description and how to apply for the post can be obtained from here.  

Trinity College Dublin (2 posts)

Project 8: “Enhancing brain plasticity in mild cognitive impairment (MCI) via tDCS”  (supervisors Ian Robertson & Paul Dockree). This project will aim to improve attentional functions in MCI patients by using trans-cranial direct current stimulation as they perform attention-demanding tasks.

Project 9: “Enhancing attention in MCI using EEG biofeedback”  (supervisors Ian Robertson & Paul Dockree). This project aims to enhance attentional functions in MCI patients by using biofeedback linked to arousal training.

 The Job Description and how to apply for the post can be obtained from here. 

Ludmig Maximilians University, Munich (2 posts)

Project 10: “Theory of Visual Attention (TVA) and MCI” (supervisors Hermann Müller, Kathrin Finke, Petra Redel). This project is designed to assess attentional changes in MCI patients as characterised by TVA, with an aim to predict markers of dementia and to relate to behavioural neuronal changes.

Project 11: “EEG analyses of MCI using TVA” (supervisors Hermann Müller, Kathrin Finke, Petra Redel). This project will use EEG markers of attention in relation to TVA, and the markers will be applied in order to understand attentional dysfunctions in MCI.

 The Job Description and how to apply for the post can be obtained from here. 

University of Magdeburg (1 post)

Project 12: “Neurocomputational modelling of brain imaging” (supervisor: Jochen Braun). This project will evaluate dynamic brain changes in relation to bistable perceptual displays using a mixture of fMRI, EEG/MEG and  computational modelling.

 The Job Description and how to apply for the post can be obtained from here. 

Brain Products (Gilching, Germany) (1 post)

Project 13: “EEG developments in nrain diagnostics and rehabilitation” (supervisor: Alexander Svojanovsky, Hermann Müller, Thomas Töllner). This project will involve developing improved algorithms for on-line measurement of EEG for rapid assessment of attentional prameters and for on-line biofeedback.

  The Job Description and how to apply for the post can be obtained from here. 

Taught programmes and secondments

All of the PhD students in the INDIREA project will also attend a series of workshops where they will receive training in inter-disciplinary skills with an orientation towards commerce. The taught programmes will include:

(i) An introduction to attention and attentional disorders;

(ii) An introduction and hands-on experience in modelling using the theory of Visual Attention (TVA);

(iii) An introduction and hands-on experience with MRI (structural and functional imaging, DTI, MRS, VBM);

(iv) An introduction and hands-on experience with EEG and MEG;

(v) An introduction to neurocomputational modelling;

(vi) An introduction to direct brain stimulation and neurorehabilitation;

(vii) Applications and translation.

In addition, all students will undertake short periods of secondment where they will spend time in one of the partner labs in order to gain experience with their specific expertise.