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Feel free to distribute the advertisement below for a PhD scholarship on an
exciting machine learning project as you see fit.
PhD Candidate in Neurosciences,
School of Life and Health Sciences & Aston Brain Centre (SW505),
Aston Triangle, B4 7ET
West Midlands, UK
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
Fixed Term (for 3 years)
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 http://www.aston.ac.uk/lhs/research/. Informal
enquiries can be made to Professor Amanda Wood
(a.wo...@aston.ac.uk<mailto:a.wo...@aston.ac.uk>) or Dr Jan Novak
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.
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: a.wo...@aston.ac.uk<mailto:a.wo...@aston.ac.uk>; Telephone: +44 (0)
121 204 3593) or Dr Jan Novak (E-mail:
j.no...@aston.ac.uk<mailto:j.no...@aston.ac.uk>; Telephone: +44 (0) 121 (0) 204
To apply please complete the on-line application form at
'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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