Electronic Tissues Interfaces PhD Scholarship: Fully-funded PhD Scholarship for a UK/EU student

The Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering at the University of Sheffield invites applications for a three and a half year funded PhD Scholarship open to UK and EU applicants only. The programme will start in September 2019.

Closing date: 9am, Friday 9 August 2019

Project Description

Brain-machine interfaces are systems that enable communication between neural tissues and a computer via
electrodes. The aim of this project is to explore novel materials and fabrication methods for the next
generation of implantable neural electrode technologies. To ensure optimal biointegration, an implanted
electrode should be small, and “indistinguishable” from host tissues in terms of its mechanical and biological
properties. We will develop conductive hydrogels as bioactive electrode materials and test their
biocompatibility using cell culture. We will then use hybrid 3D printing to integrate the hydrogels in prototypes
of implantable electrode arrays and will characterize their electrical and mechanical performance. The project
is highly interdisciplinary and will combine biomaterials research with microfabrication and system integration

Candidate Requirements and Eligibility

  • Residency restrictions - awards are open to UK and EU applicants only.
  • Prospective applicants must have a minimum undergraduate Honours degree (UK 2:1 or better) or MSc (Merit or Distinction) in a related engineering discipline (e.g. biomedical, electrical, materials) or in physics or chemistry. Aptitude for laboratory based experimental work is essential. Knowledge of the fundamentals of neuroscience is desirable but not essential.
  • More information about entry requirements can be found on our applications page
  • Applicants with other qualifications or experience should contact the Department’s Research Support Officer via phdacse@sheffield.ac.uk so that we can check on your eligibility.

Funding Notes

The studentship provides funding for 3 and a half years. The Scholarship covers tuition fees and pays a
maintenance stipend at the UK rate (£15,009 per annum).

Nationality and residency eligibility are according to EPSRC requirements


To apply, please submit a PhD application using the University’s online application system via the Postgraduate
online application form. Within the application, please state Professor Ivan Minev as your preferred supervisor
and state the project title as ‘Electronic Tissues Interfaces’

For informal queries, please contact Professor Ivan Minev via acse-reshub@sheffield.ac.uk.

Closing date: 9am, Friday 9 August 2019.

Please note that shortlisted candidates will be required to attend an interview (which may take place via Skype,
in person or by phone).