1. Research Assistantship on Fast Tunable Swept Laser System for Optical Coherence Tomography in Cork, Ireland

    Research Assistantship on Fast Tunable Swept Laser System for Optical Coherence Tomography in Cork, Ireland

    PROPHET (Postgraduate Research on Photonics as an Enabling Technology – www.prophet-itn.eu) is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network funded by the EU Framework Programme 7. Photonics is an important enabling technology for a wide range of applications in diverse areas; the photonics industry in Europe accounted for revenues of €49 billion in 2006. The PROPHET network will train a cohort of 14 early stage researchers and 5 young experienced researchers in the full gamut of skills required for a career in photonics, including materials growth, device fabrication, characterisation, design, theory, and commercialisation. A carefully-chosen, well-balanced consortium of 9 academic partners, 4 industry partners and 2 associated partners are well placed to provide the training in these skills, with European and worldwide reputations as leaders in each field. These skills will be applied in four application areas; mode-locked lasers for Communications applications, solar cells for Energy applications, gas sensing for Environment applications, and fast tunable laser sources for OCT in Life Science applications. Each researcher will experience both academic and commercial environments thanks to the strong industrial involvement, resulting in multi-skilled, industry-focused graduates. PROPHET thus directly addresses the need for additional skilled photonics professionals, as identified by the European Technology Platform, Photonics21.

    Description
    The Tyndall National Institute has a vacancy for an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) to pursue a PhD degree, funded for a period of 36 months. The ESR will be registered as a PhD student at Cork Institute of Technology (www.cit.ie), and will carry out the majority of his/her research at the Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork (www.tyndall.ie). The research project will develop a Fast Tunable Swept Laser System for Optical Coherence Tomography. OCT is an emerging new imaging technique, capable of high-resolution, 3-D imaging with a penetration depth of a few millimetres in biological tissue, which to date has been principally employed for retinal imaging of the eye. These OCT systems require compact laser sources which can be rapidly tuned over a large wavelength range. This project will construct fast tunable laser sources at 850nm and 1060nm for OCT applications, utilising broadband semiconductor optical amplifiers and tunable filters developed by other PROPHET partners. The ESR will characterise the device dynamics using techniques such as time-resolved photoluminescence and pump-probe spectroscopy, and measuring the gain and refractive index properties. He/she will also assemble the swept source laser system, and characterise and optimise the tuning and output power capabilities for OCT.

    The ESR will join the Photonic Device Dynamics Group at Tyndall (www.physics.cit.ie/photonics) and will be supervised by Dr. Guillaume Huyet. He/she will work closely with other PROPHET researchers at University of St. Andrews (UK), Technische Universität Berlin (Germany), Nicolaus Copernicus University (Poland) and the industry partner Superlum Ireland, with a number of secondment visits to these partners.

    Requirements
    The applicant will be required to satisfy the eligibility criteria for Marie Curie Early Stage Researchers, i.e.;

    • Must be within the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research career.
    • Must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Ireland for more than 12 months in the three years immediately prior to their recruitment. 
    • The applicant will also be expected to have a first or second class honours (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in physics or a related discipline.

    Contact
    Dr. Guillaume Huyet (guilllaume.huyet@tyndall.ie) will be the supervisor for this project. Please contact him to discuss further details of the project, and for details on how to apply for the position.  To apply, please submit your application and CV to careers @tyndall.ie quoting the reference number.  At this time, Tyndall National Institute does not require the assistance of recruitment agencies. Tyndall National insititute is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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