Computational Neuroscience/Neural Engineering

As I explore more of what I want to (computational neuroscience, neural engineering, software engineering, etc.) I’m finding out more about what can be done with what degrees.

I really am finding myself interested in the idea of building things: not just software, but AI, neurorobotics, etc.

I assume these all need PhDs. But in what field?

Seems like a neuroscience and computer science/engineering background is a must. Or at least the computer background is. Biomedical/computer engineering are also requisites to seem degree.

So the question is now: what do I get a graduate degree in?

I have a BS in neuroscience, am working towards a second BS in computer science. What do I get my masters and potential PhD in? I was thinking about an MS in computer science with a specialization in machine learning. But now I’m thinking an MS in computer engineering would be good too.

So I did a little research in for computational neuroscience jobs in the DC area.

Here’s what I found:

JobTitle Neuroscientist / Biomedical Engineer
Job Highlights Seeking a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, Biomechanics, or related field. Candidates should have an interest and ability to conduct research and advise federal partners on topics including blast injury, traumatic brain injury, rehabilitation engineering, human performance monitoring and enhancement, and noninvasive brain-computer interfaces. Secondary topics may include biologically-inspired approaches to artificial intelligence, computer vision, and robotics.
Required Skills: The successful candidate will have expertise in applied science and computer programming (Matlab, Java, C++, Python, or other languages relevant to scientific computing), specifically with experience that may include biomechanical modeling of injury and/or musculoskeletal movement, and computational neuroscience.

Other positions (the few there were) demanded similar credentials, along with PhDs. Looks like I should get that PhD after all…


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