Predicting delirium using electroencephalography (EEG)

About this scholarship

The PhD candidate will work on investigating electroencephalography (EEG) predictors of future delirium (presence and severity) in older surgical patients.  With EEG being collected prior to surgery, and delirium captured post-surgery within a hospital setting.  This project will be supervised by Associate Professor Hannah Keage, and fits under her NHMRC Dementia Research Leadership Fellowship.  This project is attached to two ongoing clinical trials, with a large group of investigators.  Findings will have applied and theoretical implications.  Clinically, findings may have utility in identifying those at high risk for delirium prior to elective surgery.  Theoretically, findings will provide some of the first empirical data to test and refine conceptual models of delirium.


$27,596 per year for 3 years


The scholarship is open to Australian citizens. Applicants must meet the entry requirements for a research degree program at the University of South Australia.

Essential criteria include:

  1. A background in psychology.
  2. Experience collecting and analysing EEG data.
  3. Experience working with older adults.
  4. Knowledge of delirium.

 Desirable criteria include:

  1. Experience within acute care settings.
  2. Coding within Matlab or R packages.
  3. Knowledge of different EEG analysis techniques such as ERPs and connectivity.
  4. Willingness to travel to collaborators within Australia and the UK (if funding permits).

How to apply and closing date

Apply online

Application closing date: 21/01/2019

Interested candidates should submit their CV, supporting statement from candidate (addressing selection criteria), names and contact details of two referees to A/Prof Hannah Keage at