Pre- and post-doctoral applications are invited for an experienced and enthusiastic Biomedical Engineer/Physicist to work on the project “Transcranial brain stimulation as innovative therapy for chronic pediatric neuropsychiatric disorders” — STIPED, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 731827. The location for this research will mainly be the workgroup of Prof. Pedro Miranda at the University of Lisbon, Portugal. Expected close collaborations and visits are to the partnering Neuroelectrics company (Barcelona).
One of the aims of the project is to provide optimized stimulation parameters for the treatment of ADHD and ASD pediatric patients, based on individual head models. This part of the project will be carried out at the Institute of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Science of the University of Lisbon, in collaboration with Neuroelectrics and the other partners. The successful candidate will be involved in setting up an automatic pipeline to create individual head models from MRI and DTI data, based on tetrahedral meshes for finite element analysis of the electric field in the brain. Successful automatic segmentation may require the development of age specific templates for 10 – 18 years old healthy subjects. The candidate will also be involved in developing methods to automatically place electrodes on the scalp at standard positions of the 10/10 International system, and to automatically define target regions such as the dlPFC, the rIFC or the TPJ. Methods to determine electrode positions and currents that optimize the electric field at the selected targets will also have to be implemented. The optimized individual stimulation protocols will be implemented on Neuroelectrics’ Starstim R32 neurostimulator, in close collaboration with the company.
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