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Team culture

The neuroprosthesis lab is open to all that have the skill and enthusiasm to meet the requirements of a PhD or post-doctoral research. We welcome people from all cultural, class, ethnic, linguistic and gender backgrounds and will go out of our way to help those with disabilities and caring responsibilities become full and valued members. Specifically:

  • Disabilities: Computer-aided design, modelling and coding can be achieved by most students with a mathematic brain.  Our lab location is accessible and all of the electronics rigs can be adapted for wheelchair access.

  • Caring responsibilities: We set core hours between 10am and 4pm to ensure proper team communication and training and to allow those with caring responsibilities to work flexibly.  We have (paid) maternity and paternity leave for both post-docs and PhD students.

  • Diversity: We recognise that engineering has a high male to female ratio in general. But we are very keen to make everyone feel comfortable regardless of background. 


Post-Doctoral Research Associate opportunities


Periodically I receive research funding that requires talented researchers to join the team. I will try to post to this site, but more generally positions will be posted to:

  1. My Twitter account: @Patr1ckDegenaar

  2. My LinkedIn page: degenaar-patrick-9013645

  3. University Website:

Generally, I look for individuals from a physical science or an electronic engineering background. But depending on the position, I sometimes also look for biologists, mathematicians and computer scientists. The prime requirement is skill and enthusiasm

PhD opportunities

PhDs are not for everyone! they should not be viewed as a logical progression from an undergraduate degree or master's program, and most students would be better off either going directly to an industrial position or spending time in the workplace beforehand. The key advantages of a PhD are that it can drive personal fulfilment and lead to a potentially more interesting and more creative career.

the official start dates for PhD's at Newcastle University are September, January and April. though it is possible to be flexible outside those dates as well if necessary. To enter a PhD program, requirements are as follows:

  1. Qualifications: Undergraduate degree at the MEng/MSci level or equivalent or MSc. Grades should average >65%

  2. Pre-requisites: Physical sciences, computer sciences or engineering. 

  3. English Language: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills).

PhD programs can be funded from the following primary sources:

  1. School Doctoral Training Account (DTA) scholarship (UK Students) - Fees are funded by the school, and a scholarship allowance is provided using UKRI rates. Application deadline is in December each year

  2. Centre for Doctoral Training scholarship (UK/Overseas students) - UK fees are funded by the centre and a scholarship allowance is provided using UKRI rates. Newcastle University CDT programs can be found here. The application period is Dec - April each year. Unfortunately, currently, none are suitable for biomedical engineering.

  3. Newcastle University Overseas Research Scholarship (Overseas students). If funded, the scholarship will pay the difference between overseas and UK fees. The School of Engineering will then typically top this up with a further scholarship for life costs. 

  4. Chinese Scholarship Council scholarships (Chinese students). If funded, Newcastle waives the fees, and the Chinese government provides a stipend. More details are provided by the China Scholarship Council.

  5. Other (all students) - There are a large number of scholarship opportunities listed on the fees and funding page of the Newcastle University website

  6. Government scholarships (Overseas students) - National governments such as Iraq can sometimes provide full scholarships to cover fees and stipends. In the past we have we 

  7. Personal/parental funds (all students) - It is also possible to pay fees and personal costs via your own or parental funds, as long as you meet the academic criteria.

During a PhD is it possible to do teaching support duties which are paid well according to Jobs on Campus rates. However, external work is not reccomended as it can detract from the ability to complete a PhD.


If you are interested in pursing a PhD,  Please send your (I) CV (ii) a transcript of your degrees (iii) an example of your academic work e.g. paper/thesis (your own language is OK) to Patrick Degenaar (patrick.degenaar(at)


Summer Internships


Each summer, the lab takes on 1-3 summer internships for 6 weeks in the period June - July. Interns are actively involved in the lab activity and will engage in research or design work related to neuroprosthetics. Internships for Newcastle University students are paid full time under Jobs on Campus rates. Typically internships are for 2nd year undergraduate students and 3 MEng/MSci students.


Those who are interested need to email patrick.degenaar(at) in January.

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