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Post summary Applications are invited for a PhD position funded by the Walton Institute, Waterford Institute of Technology EU-FET Open Project PRIME. The candidate is expected to be highly self-motivated, and willing to work in future emerging topics in Artificial Intelligence and Bioinformatics.
Position: Artificial Intelligence to Design Synthetic Cells for Neurological Treatment
Description: Neurological diseases account for one of the most complex medical challenges of this century, and one that continues to remain a challenge for humanity is epilepsy. Over 50 million people globally, and 6 million in Europe suffer from epilepsy, out of which 400,000 people are in Ireland. Epilepsy affects the normal functions of the brain, and usually results from an uncontrolled over-firing process of the neurons within the brain. We will use artificial intelligence to design synthetic cells for neurological treatment. The objective is to develop a simulation platform that can be used to design synthetic cells linked to treating epilepsy. The key aims include construction of a simulation platform and its validation through experimental data as well as data from open repositories to determine the accuracy of the simulation model. This PhD student will increase understanding of biological processes using machine learning and deep learning approaches to next generation sequencing omics data. This PhD research will use tools and knowledge from artificial intelligence and bioinformatics, coupled with results from molecular communication and electronic circuit theory to develop a simulation platform that can design synthetic cells for treating epilepsy.
Standard duties and responsibilities of the scholarship • Contribute to a cutting-edge FET Open research project PRIME. • Collaborate with partners in the PRIME project. • Publish in leading journals and present at top national and international conferences. • Complete specialist training as advised by supervisors. • Develop transferrable and generic skills. • Join a diverse community of young researchers and participate in WIT’s HRS4R training activities.
Person specification Qualifications Essential • First- or second-class honours degree in computer science, engineering, mathematics or related relevant discipline, specializing in artificial intelligence. Desirable • MSc degree or equivalent postgraduate qualification in computer science, engineering, mathematics or related relevant discipline, specializing in artificial intelligence.
Knowledge & Experience Essential • Strong mathematical modelling skills, machine learning and artificial intelligence. • Strong programming skills in python, MATLAB or other tools for modelling. • Highly analytical. Desirable • Interest in bioinformatics, biological and molecular processes. • Experience in mathematical modelling and analysis of systems. • Expertise in machine learning and/or artificial intelligence.
Skills & Competencies Essential • Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see WIT’s English Language Requirements for details. • Highly motivated, demonstrate initiative and ability to work within multi-disciplinary project team to achieve results. • Strong interpersonal and communication skills. • Good academic record of excellence and writing skills. Desirable • Prior experience working with/in industry, scientific paper and report writing. • Paper publications in notable venues such as IEEE/ACM journals and conferences. • Research experience at master’s degree level in artificial intelligence


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