Connecting European Neuroscience

Ph.D. Student in Elche/Spain

03 April 2020

Ph.D. Student in Elche/Spain

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PhD positions available at the Bioengineering Institute of the University Miguel Hernández (Spain) in the framework of the “ENTRAIN VISION” project funded by the European Commission. This project aims to a unique European network of researchers, clinicians and industrials for restoring vision in blind patients.

Motivated by the success of cochlear implants for deaf patients, we are now facing the challenge of creating a visual neuroprostheses designed to interface with the occipital visual cortex as a means through which a limited, but useful visual sense could be restored to many profoundly blind individuals. The individual projects aim to: (ESR9) Design and development of a bioinspired visual encoder optimized for cortical visual neuroprostheses; (ESR10) Develop new strategies to provide meaningful and useful information to a cortical visual neuroprosthesis based on intracortical microelectrodes, that can be specifically adapted for every patient’s individual needs.

Candidates must be in the first four years of their research career, be highly motivated and able to work in an interdisciplinary environment, and not hold a PhD. Strong background in at least one of the following areas is preferred: multielectrode stimulation and recordings, neurobiology, neuroengineering, neural computation. Furthermore, they must not have resided in Spain more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to their recruitment. Experience in deep learning techniques, programming skills and/or processing of visual information at the retina will be advantageous.

Interested applicants, with a strong motivation in applied neuroscience, should contact Prof. Eduardo Fernández and submit by email (to: a curriculum vitae and a brief statement of their scientific interests. Furthermore, they should send an email to:, stating their interest in one of the two open positions (ESR9 or ESR10).

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36 months
University Miguel Hernandez
Bioengineering Institute

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Eduardo Fernández Jover
Universidad Miguel Hernandez
Bioengineering Institute
Avda de la Universidad, s/n
03202 Elche (Alicante), Spain

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