1. PhD Studentships Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)/Tissue Optics/Photoacoustics School of Physics NUI Galway University

    PhD Studentships Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)/Tissue Optics/Photoacoustics School of Physics NUI Galway University

    Ref. No. NUIG TOMI PhD 02-12

    Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for PhD studentships with the School of Physics, National University of Ireland, Galway. We are looking for highly motivated students who wish to hone their knowledge of physics, engineering and/or software development to deliver new tools for clinical and pre-clinical investigation of the eye, skin and brain.

    Further details about the Tissue Optics and Microcirculation Imaging Group may be found at: http://tomi.nuigalway.ie/ and the National Biophotonics and Imaging Platform Ireland at www.nbipireland.ie Example project: The focus of this studentship is to establish multiple-reference OCT as a completely new and potentially disruptive approach to small form factor, low cost OCT imaging and measurement for a range of imaging and measurement applications including ophthalmic diagnostics and therapeutics in relation to conditions of the eye such as cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and macular degeneration. In this project optical and processing methods will be investigated to improve a novel time domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) system to examine and ultimately to make quantitative measurements of clinically important parameters. The experimental observations will be underpinned by modelling including Monte Carlo.

    The Tissue Optics and Microcirculation Imaging Group (TOMI) is part of a substantial Photonics Cluster at Galway, which includes the National Centre for Laser Applications, The Applied Optics Group and The Biophotonics Group among others. The group is well funded and benefits enormously from the on campus hospital and small animal facilities. TOMI is a key facility of the National Biophotonics and Imaging Platform ( www.nbipireland.ie ).

    Galway is a vibrant little city steeped in traditional music and song, surrounded by areas of outstanding natural beauty including Galway Bay, Connemara, The Burren and the Cliffs of Moher.

    Essential Skills

    • A good honours degree in physics, electronics, engineering, computer science, or closely related discipline •A strong background in optics

    Highly desired Skills

    • Knowledge of software development including Java and Matlab •Excellent communication and technical writing skills
    • Knowledge of numerical modelling Research Fields: Physical sciences, physics, engineering, optics, photonics, biophotonics, tissue optics For informal enquiries please e-mail Professor Martin Leahy at: martin.leahy@nuigalway.ie

    Starting salary: PhD stipend including salary plus fees and a travel budget.

    To Apply: Applicants are requested to submit 1) a covering letter, 2) a CV, 3) the contact details of two referees by E-mail: martin.leahy@nuigalway.ie . Please put reference number NUIG-PhD-TOMI 02-12 in subject line of application. National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunity employer

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