Area of research:
Diploma & Master Thesis
The position is suitable for part-time employment.
The group of Neuro-Instructive Materials works in engineering new materials for minimally-invasive, wireless neural devices. Neural implants have a wide range of medical and scientific applications, such as deep brain stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson’s Disease, neuroprosthetic systems for motor and sensory function recovery, or neural sensors for research into neurobiological behavior. Our group works with nano- and microscale devices that work wirelessly, so that they can be implanted less invasively than a typical neural device. Magnetoelectric (ME) materials, those that couple magnetic fields to electric fields, can allow us to wirelessly generate electric signals using input magnetic signals. This technology could one day provide wireless, externally-controlled neural communication using only injections and magnetic signals, while avoiding surgical intervention.
We are seeking a student to complete a Master’s Thesis project on magnetostrictive and magnetoelectric nanomaterials in the group of Neuro-Instructive Materials. Your role will be to develop methods to analyze magnetostrictive and magnetoelectric materials at the nanoscale. This project will require knowledge of inorganic materials and crystal structure, and a basic understanding of characterization methods such as atomic force microscopy and X-ray powder diffraction. This thesis project will serve as a basis for how we characterize these materials, helping us to better understand how they work so that we can design optimal devices in the future.
Several additional positions are open in engineering wireless neural devices within the disciplines of Materials Science, Chemistry, Biology and Electrical Engineering. Please inquire if any of these topics is of interest.