A PhD student position is available in the Brain Dynamics group, at the Brain Sciences Institute in Melbourne (Australia) by early 2010.

The main focus of proposed research will be the neurophysics of the mammalian electroencephalogram (EEG), in particular the mean-field modelling of electrocortical activity. The candidate can choose among a range of theoretical projects in dynamical systems theory, nonlinear time series analysis, bifurcation theory, modelling of epilepsy and anesthesia, phase transitions in the brain and signal processing.
Interested applicants should have a strong background in any of the following disciplines: theoretical physics, mathematics, biomedical or
electrical engineering, quantitative biology. A first class honours degree or equivalent is expected. Proficiency in any of the following: C or C++, Fortran, Python, Matlab, Octave, Matcont, Auto, R, Mathematica, XPPAUT will be an advantage.
The Brain Dynamics group is part of the Brain Sciences Institute located in Melbourne, a vibrant, multi-disciplinary team of researchers whose expertise spans several different fields that include physics, psychology, psychophysiology, biophysics and the neurosciences. Examples of research projects can be found at the Institute’s webpage http://www.swinburne.edu.au/lss/bsi/
The group is involved in active collaborations with scientific institutions and universities in Australia, Canada, Germany, U.K., U.S. and Italy. The candidate will be encouraged to profit from these collaborations and spend time overseas during his/her candidature.
A range of scholarships for national and international students are available, with up to AU$23,000 per year for three and a half years,
The deadline for applications is the 31st October 2009.
More details on the application process can be found at
International students are required to sit an IELTS test (or
equivalent, e.g. TOEFL) with an average band score of at least 6.5,
with no band less than 6.0. Swinburne also strongly encourages
minorities and women to apply.
Interested applicants should email A/Prof. David T. J. Liley at
dliley(at)swin(dot)edu(dot)au or Dr. Federico Frascoli at
ffrascoli(at)swin(dot)edu(dot)au, including a brief cv, to discuss the
projects in details.
Examples of the group’s past projects can be seen here:

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