Dear Mailing List,

Feel free to distribute the advertisement below for a PhD scholarship on an 
exciting machine learning project as you see fit.

Best wishes,

Daniel King

PhD Candidate in Neurosciences,
School of Life and Health Sciences & Aston Brain Centre (SW505),
Aston University,
Aston Triangle, B4 7ET
West Midlands, UK

Twitter: @danieljking8

PhD Studentship - Computational modelling of brain images with lesions and 
their application to machine learning approaches to predicting child outcomes
Life and Health Sciences - Studentships
Contract Type:

Fixed Term (for 3 years)


Full Time

Closing Date:

23.59 hours BST on Thursday 24 August 2017



Supervisors: Professor Amanda Wood, Dr Jan Novak & Dr Elaine Foley

Applications  are  invited  from  highly  motivated  candidates  for  a  
project  that  will  use  advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods to 
investigate traumatic brain injury in children. This opportunity is open to UK 
and EU students who have at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree (2.1) or 
equivalent in Computational or Physical sciences.

The study will involve assessment of more than 800 children recruited in 
Birmingham and the overall study will examine Neuroimaging and Neurobehavioural 
data in nearly 1000 children.  Analysis of the multimodal dataset will allow 
the construction of a model which will predict patient outcome after a 
traumatic brain injury allowing stratification of treatment and mitigate 

The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary team who combine 
neurocognitive assessment with advanced image acquisition and analysis. It is 
expected that the candidate will have experience in computer programming using 
languages such as Matlab and/or Python and have some experience of image 
analysis and matrix manipulation.

Aston University was ranked   5th  out of 94 UK Higher Education Institutions 
for research in Allied Health Professions (REF 2014) and was ranked 1st for 
research environment.  Additional information about  research  in  the  School  
can  be  found  at    Informal 
enquiries can be made to Professor Amanda Wood 
(<>) or Dr Jan Novak 

Financial Support:

The studentship is open to Home/EU students only and comprises of a tax-free 
stipend at the
2017/18 RCUK rate of £14,553 p.a. and payment of Home/EU tuition fees only. The 
studentship is available for three years, subject to satisfactory progress 
review at the end of the first year, with an anticipated registration date of 
1st October 2017.

Application Requirements:

Eligible Applicants should hold at least a Bachelor (Hons.) Degree of either 
1st  Class/ 2.1 or MSc/MRes in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, 
Statistics or Physics.

EU Applicants will need to demonstrate adequate proficiency in English Language 
skills, with a minimum overall score of 93 (Internet Based) (with a minimum 
score in each section of: R: 18, W: 23, L: 19 and S: 19) in TOEFL or IELTS with 
minimum marks of 6.0 in each section and an overall band of 6.5.

Informal  enquiries  should  be  addressed  to  Professor  Amanda  Wood  
(E-mail:<>; Telephone: +44 (0) 
121 204 3593) or Dr Jan Novak (E-mail:<>; Telephone: +44 (0) 121 (0) 204 

To apply please complete the  on-line application form at, choosing 
'Research Full-Time Health Sciences September 2017' quoting the Reference: 
'PhD_Wood PROBIt-1' on all applications.

The Closing Date for all Applications is: Thursday 24th August 2017.

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