ICNS PhD Scholarship on Neuromorphic Models of Auditory Perception - 2019-097

Scholarship code: 2019-097

About the project

The International Centre for Neuromorphic Systems (ICNS) (opens in a new window) is a leading research group focussed on the development of neuromorphic sensors, processors, and algorithms.

The Centre’s primary focus is on real world applications of neuro inspired perception and processing, where biological systems have natural advantages over conventional solutions: where robust, low power, high speed processors must respond autonomously to noisy, unpredictable environments.

We invite applications from highly motivated graduates seeking to undertake a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree to work with Neuromorphic Engineering pioneer, Professor AndrĂ© van Schaik, in one of the world’s leading neuromorphic engineering research labs, on a project in auditory perception modelling. This project is part of a larger project on developing neuromorphic solutions for auditory tasks.

Working from existing mathematical models of auditory perception, you will explore and develop ways in which these models can be made more computationally efficient, including using machine learning approaches for feature extraction. In order to achieve the goals of this project you will develop software models that are implementable on neuromorphic hardware, test them on a variety of auditory tasks and different environments, and work with other researchers to create more complex models of auditory perception. Depending on skills and interest you could also be asked to develop the hardware implementation of the approach.

ICNS is part of the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour, and Development. (opens in a new window)Together we investigate the psychological, neurophysiological, developmental and computational mechanisms that enable humans to interact with each other, their environment, and with technology, and develop technology based on what we learn. Your PhD position with us will therefore provide you the opportunity to interact and contribute across a range of disciplines.

What does the scholarship provide?

  • Domestic candidates will receive a tax-free stipend of $30,000 per annum for up to 3 years to support living costs, supported by the Research Training Program (RTP) Fee Offset.
  • International candidates will receive a tax-free stipend of $30,000 per annum for up to 3 years to support living costs. Those with a strong track record will be eligible for a tuition fee waiver and an Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) Single Policy. (opens in a new window)
  • Support for conference attendance, fieldwork and additional costs as approved by MARCS.
  • Access to the extensive range of MARCS specialised equipment and laboratory facilities.
  • Additional funding to support training and equipment purchases.
  • A rich environment of support and academic expertise via supervisory panels, seminars, colloquia, international and industry collaborations.

Eligibility criteria

The successful applicant should:

  • hold qualifications and experience equal to one of the following (i) an Australian First Class Bachelor (Honours) degree, (ii) coursework Masters with at least 25% research component, (iii) Research Masters degree, or (iv) equivalent overseas qualifications in electrical engineering, or computer science.
  • have demonstrated research experience in neuromorphic engineering.
  • have a background in signal processing with strong programming skills in  Python, Matlab, and/or C++, and an interest in signal processing in biology.
  • be enthusiastic and highly motivated to undertake further study at an advanced level.

Desirable skills include:

  • demonstrated expertise using Verilog or VHDL for FPGA programming.
  • experience in experimental design.
  • experience with mixed-signal integrated circuit design.
  • proven ability to work successfully as part of a team.
  • familiarity with machine learning and machine learning concepts.

How to apply

1. Contact Professor AndrĂ© van Schaik (a.vanschaik@westernsydney.edu.au) to discuss your eligibility, the project requirements and your intention to apply.

2. Review the research scholarships frequently asked questions.(opens in new window)

3. Submit an online application for admission.(opens in new window)

4. Complete the project scholarship application form (PDF, 89.74 KB).(opens in new window)

5. Compile your CV, contact information for two referees and a one-page proposal stating how your research interests align with the project aims.

6. Submit your scholarship application form and any supporting documentation to the Graduate Research School as follows:

  • Use the email subject line: Application_2019_097_MARCS
  • Submit to grs.scholarships@westernsydney.edu.au
  • All attached documents must be submitted as PDF.
  • In the body of your email, include your full name, your student ID (if you are a current or previous Western Sydney University student) and the full title of the scholarship.

Applicants who do not submit an online application for admission will not be considered.

Incomplete applications or applications that do not conform to the above requirements will not be considered.

Please contact the Graduate Research School via email at grs.scholarships@westernsydney.edu.au for more information.

Applications close 31 August 2019

*Applications close at 11.59pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).