Applications now closed
The project is working on developing optimal stimulation for bionic eyes and uses an interdisciplinary approach of electrophysiology, computational modelling and detailed immunohistochemistry in animal models to (a) understand the factors that influence the efficacy of a retinal prosthesis (both from biological and bioengineering viewpoints) and (b) develop new stimulation strategies to improve the vision quality. Ultimately, the intention is to provide blind retinal implant recipients with improved artificial vision which will significantly improve their quality of life.
The ideal candidate(s) will have an undergraduate degree either in Science (with honours or equivalent, preferably with a Neuroscience background) or a degree in Biomedical Engineering. A basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology as well as basic programming skills are essential. Experience in animal research and/or bionic devices will be highly favourable.
The scholarship offers
• $40,000 per annum stipend for four years (tax free)
• Tuition fees covered for the full four-year period (for international and local students)
• Coaching and mentoring as part of a highly personalised career and leadership development plan
• Up to $10,000 each year to build a career and support international research collaborations.
The closing date for submissions is 12 July 2019.