ESR 13

Design and development of a chronic, long-term stable, drivable, deep brain probe system for non-human primates

Location(s): ATLAS Neuro, Belgium

Supervisors: Dr A. Aarts, Dr P. Ruther, Prof. O. Paul

The implantable system contains a drivable shaft holding several microelectrodes that end-up in a compact recording chamber mounted on the skull. The chamber contains a compact interconnect solution that interfaces the microelectrodes as well as a micro-drive mechanism to reposition the microelectrodes. The probe device includes recording and stimulation capabilities, i.e. in electrical, optical and/or fluidic domain.

The ESR will design and develop the probe device using the labs and cleanroom facility in Freiburg and will get the opportunity to enroll in the PhD programme of the Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet Freiburg (ALU-FR).

For the project we are looking for a PhD candidate with the following profile:

  • A degree in microsystems engineering, electrical engineering, biomedical engineering or similar. Previous experience of practical work in the area of microsystems engineering is desirable but not essential.
  • Motivation to work in an interdisciplinary project team where partners come from neuroscience, engineering and computerscience and the ability to communicate across disciplines.
  • A genuine interest in engineering and experimental work including the readiness to assist in animal research at the laboratories of our project partners.
  • Good communication skills in English and the willingness to visit the European partner labs and present the work in international conferences

Planned secondment(s): 

  • Hospices Civils de Lyon 
  • University of Bremen
  • Aix-Marseille University
  • FORTH Foundation for Research and Technology

Contact: email Dr Aarts, email Dr Ruther

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