Electronic Tissues Interfaces PhD Scholarship

Fully-funded PhD Scholarship for a UK/EU student

Closing date: 9am, Wednesday 11th December 2019

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 February 2020.

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 here: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/acse/research-degrees/applyphd
  • 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 Scholarship 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 (https://epsrc.ukri.org/skills/students/help/eligibility/).


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’