PhD position in Bioelectronics & Neuroscience in University of West sydney





The  Bioelectronics Neuroscience (BENS) Research Group, within the College of Health and Science, is seeking  an excellent Doctoral candidate to commence a project in Spring Session 2011.  The project title is: potential biomedical applications of gas array sensor technologies using dedicated VLSI hardware implementing Bayesian Inference for pattern recognition and classification tasks.

Unlike the majority of the current research in the field, the implementation would focus on developing low-power, portable systems through tightly integrated sensor and classification hardware.  This approach should yield a low-cost, highly efficient and reproducible sensor platform which can be tailored, through the selection of sensors, to detect the presence of a wide array of organic compounds.


The successful applicant should:

  • possess both a theoretical and practical knowledge of both electrical engineering and computer science.
  • hold an excellent BHons or MHons degree in one of the above fields and have at least undergraduate exposure to the other.
  • have a practical knowledge and experience in electronic design, system design and communication protocols. In addition to experience with soft-computing techniques such as pattern recognition and genetic algorithms.

As there is a strong practical aspect to this project, preference will be given to candidates with industry knowledge and real-world experience, especially in the fields of commercial programming, sensors and sensing paradigms.  Applicants with knowledge of the electronics market and industry are encouraged to apply.

What does the scholarship provide?

  • Tax free stipend of $32,860 per annum and a funded place in the doctoral degree. International students will be required to purchase an Overseas Student Health Care policy prior to obtaining a visa (maximum cost Aud$3370)
  • Funding is also available for project costs

Need more information?

  • To discuss the project, please contact Prof Andre van Schaik at, +61 2 47 360 668, or for further information about the research being conducted in the Bioelectronics Neuroscience Research Group:
  • Contact the Research Training, Policy and Programs Officer to discuss enrolment and scholarships: Ms Sandra Lawrence:

How to apply

Submit an application form, and CV by the closing date.  The application form can be downloaded from the web:


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