1. PhD Opening in Optical Coherence Tomography at University of Kent

    PhD Opening in Optical Coherence Tomography at University of Kent

    Project Description

    A PhD position is available in the field of Biophotonics. This project is in competition with other projects offered by the School of Physical Sciences for one of a number of EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships.

    The aim of this project is to advance the technology of optical coherence tomography (OCT).

    OCT has a range of applications in medical imaging and the project can focus on one of the areas of rapid development such as Master Slave and Down-conversion OCT methods, prototyping OCT assemblies, or advancing the technology of OCT components such as the optical source or ultra broadband spectrometers, or developing novel modalities for signal processing that embrace both fundamental optical principles as well as programming. Such projects can also be extended to using graphic cards or field-programmable gate arrays (FPGA), image processing, and artificial intelligence. All such directions aim to improve the acquisition/display speed, the resolution, or the functionality of the OCT technology.

    The exact programme of work can be adapted to the interests and skills of the candidate. The successful candidate will be based at the University of Kent’s main campus in Canterbury as part of the Applied Optics Group, and work under the co-supervision of Prof Adrian Podoleanu and Dr Michael Hughes. Other co-supervisors from other schools in the Faculty of Sciences may be drawn in depending on the candidate’s interest. Occupying two floors of the University’s Photonics Centre, with the use of modern optical laboratories as well as clean-room and workshop facilities, the Applied Optics Group offers a wide range of optical prototyping, test and measurement equipment to support this project.

    This PhD Studentship is due to start in September 2019.

    Webpage(s): http://research.kent.ac.uk/applied-optics

    Contact: For further information or informal enquiries, please contact Dr Michael Hughes at m.r.hughes@kent.ac.uk

    How to Apply: To apply please go to https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/212/physics

    Funding Notes

    Applicants should have or expect to obtain a first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Physics, Engineering, Computing or a related subject. This is in competition with other projects for an EPSRC-funded Scholarship, which will be offered at the standard UK Research Councils' rate (currently £14,777; to cover living costs) and will additionally cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate (currently £4260 per annum). This scholarship (maintenance and fees) is available to UK nationals only, but EU nationals are eligible for a fees-only award.

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