Master project: Optimizing Electrical Stimulation for Retinal Implants

Forschungszentrum Jülich


February 10, 2022


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Reference number: 2022M-004

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  • While it is currently not feasible to fully restore vision, the development of visual prostheses that stimulate the retina electrically has enabled significant, still rudimentary progress towards the recovery of useful vision in patients with severe degenerative retinal diseases caused by photo-receptor death. Aiming a new generation of visual prostheses, penetrating neural implants for the retina containing multiple electrode sites are used at the Institute of Biological Information Processing (IBI-3) - Bioelectronics to enable simultaneous recording and stimulation of retinal activity. In this project, different electrical stimulation parameters and strategies will be explored to increase the efficiency of electrically evoked potentials in the retina towards vision restoration.

    We offer you an exciting

    Master project: Optimizing Electrical Stimulation for Retinal Implants

    Your Job:

  • Perform retinal electrophysiology experiments

  • Explore different intraretinal electrical stimulation strategies (voltage-controlled vs. current-controlled)

  • Investigate and characterize intraretinal electrical stimulation parameters

  • Perform data processing using programming languages such as Matlab

  • Further information on the project is available at https: // www. fz-

    Your Profile:

  • Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in biomedical/electrical engineering, biology, physics, or related field

  • Ability to communicate with scientists and technicians from various disciplines

  • Well-structured and systematic research approach

  • Passion for science

  • Advantageous, yet not mandatory, is knowledge in electrophysiology and programming

  • Interest in the field of Bioelectronics and Neuroscience

  • Please feel free to apply for the position even if you do not have all the required skills and knowledge. We may be able to teach you missing skills during your induction.

    Our Offer:

    We work on the very latest issues that impact our society and are offering you the chance to actively help in shaping the change! We offer ideal conditions for you to complete your master's degree:

  • A pleasant working environment within a highly motivated and competent working group as well as an international and interdisciplinary team at one of the most prestigious research facilities in Europe

  • You will be supported by outstanding scientific and technical infrastructure as well as closely scientific mentoring

  • Flexible working hours as well as a reasonable remuneration

  • Ideal conditions for gaining practical experience alongside your studies

  • Excellent technical equipment and the newest technology

  • The chance to independently prepare and work on your tasks

  • Forschungszentrum Jülich promotes equal opportunities and diversity in its employment relations. We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

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