PhD Studentship: Data Science in Computational Neurology (Epilepsy) 2

at Newcastle University
Published October 28, 2022
Location Newcastle, United Kingdom
Category Data Science  
Job Type Scholarship  


Award Summary

100% of Home tuition fees paid plus a tax-free annual stipend of £17,668


We are seeking a highly motivated PhD student to develop computer models of the brain in order to optimise epilepsy treatments such as surgery and stimulation, and develop new treatments such as chronotherapy.

By using real-world patient data from EEG, MRI, wearable sensors, etc. the student will process the data, develop advanced analytic tools, and perform computer simulations of the treatments. The goal is to ultimately use these computer models and software tools to contribute to clinical decision making in collaboration with our partners in the NHS & med tech industry.

The environment:

The student will work in the CNNP Lab - a highly interdisciplinary environment with computer scientists, neurobiologists, mathematicians, and clinicians. The lab is well funded with recent epilepsy funding of >£2.5m, and over 15 current lab members working at the interface of computer science and neurology in a supportive, collaborate manner. The lab is based in the School of Computing at the Newcastle Helix site in Newcastle City Centre (, with state-of-the-art facilities.

The applicant:

You will have excellent programming skills in a language such as Python, Matlab, or R, and a good knowledge of data analysis & statistics (e.g. clustering, PCA, effect size estimation, significance testing). Knowledge of any of the following are desirable: biomedical image/signal processing (e.g. EEG, ECG, MRI), feature selection & machine learning techniques, dynamical systems theory.

Number Of Awards - 1

Start Date - September 2023 (flexible)

Award Duration - 3 years

Application Closing Date - 9 January 2023

Sponsor - School of Computing, Newcastle University

Supervisors - Dr Yujiang Wang, Dr Peter Taylor

Eligibility Criteria

This studentship is available to all candidates who have/expect a 2:1 honours degree in Computing Science or related discipline, or an international equivalent.

If English is not your first language, you must have IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills).

This studentship is only available to applicants with a Home fee status.

How To Apply

To apply for a studentship, you must register and apply through the University’s Apply to Newcastle Portal

Once registered select ‘Create a Postgraduate Application’.

Use ‘Course Search’ to identify your programme of study:

  • you can search for the ‘Course Title’ using the programme code: 8050F
  • the Research Area is: Computing Science
  • select PhD Computer Science (full time) - Computing Science' as the programme of study

You will then need to provide the following information in the ‘Further Questions’ section:

  • A ‘Personal Statement’ (this is a mandatory field) - upload a document or write a statement directly in to the application form
  • The studentship code S0000006 in the ‘Studentship/Partnership Reference’ field
  • An outline of your ‘Research Proposal’ (this is a mandatory field) – select ‘Write Proposal’ and type in the title of the research project from this advert - you do not need to upload a Research Proposal document.

In addition, before you submit your application you will need to upload the following supporting documentation:

  • covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code S0000006 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
  • degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualification if already completed.

You will not be able to submit your application until you have submitted all required documents/information.

Contact Details

Dr Yujiang Wang,

Dr Peter Taylor