1. Research Assistant in Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) to Image the Eye at University of Kent

    Research Assistant in Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) to Image the Eye at University of Kent

    School of Physical Sciences

    Location:  Canterbury
    Salary:  £28,331 to £32,817 per annum
    Grade:  Grade 6
    Post Type:  Full Time
    Contract Type: Fixed Term - Ends 31/03/2022 - to start as soon as possible
    Release Date:  Wednesday 27 May 2020
    Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Thursday 25 June 2020  (unless otherwise stated)
    Interview Date:  To be confirmed
    Reference:  STM-164-20

    The School of Physical Sciences is seeking a motivated and organised Research Assistant, to work on a project which aims to tackle advancements of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) set-ups, applied to eye imaging.

    As a Research Assistant, working on the NIHR grant: “NIHR BRC Visual Assessment and Imaging", funded by NIHR – BRC3_022 at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation, you will research novel optical OCT configurations as well as develop digital solutions to speed up the presentation of medical images using either FPGAs or GPUs. Speed in presentation is paramount for a moving organ such as the eye.

    To perform such research, the successful candidate is expected to have prior knowledge of: 

    1. Optics, optical design, interferometry, fibre optics, scanning, microscopy, tuning lasers, OCT, cameras.
    2. Electronics and signal processing, interfacing digital cards to computers, programming. 

     As a Research Assistant on this project, you will:

    • Devise and assemble innovative optical configurations to achieve the goals and milestones as described in the research programme
    • Interact with the supervisors at University of Kent and at the BRC - Institute of Ophthalmology London
    • Organise your own lab environment
    • Write regular reports to the supervisor, compile data acquired in a form to allow rapid transformation of documented research results into high quality research papers and patent applications
    • Communicate the research results during regular meetings of the Applied Optics Group

     To be successful in this role you will have:

    • A good honours degree in Physics/Optics or Electrical Engineering
    • Evidence of prior research activity in OCT
    • Expertise in handling optoelectronic measurement instrumentation
    • Prior research activity in interfacing digital boards with OCT systems (Desirable)
    • Experience of LabView, C++, MatLab (Desirable)
    • Prior research activity in laser physics, or microscopy (Desirable)

    The Applied Optics Group (AOG) in the School of Physical Sciences has 4 permanent full time academics, 4PDRAs, 6PG students and several Erasmus students, has an international reputation in OCT and sensing based on extensive publication, IP protection and a diverse portfolio of grants. Following an investment of £1.8M, the AOG laboratories occupy 700 m2 in the Photonics Centre, part of a University-wide initiative to strengthen its research in Optics. The AOG is well equipped with state-of-the-art lasers and optical tools and well supported by technical services and workshops. The group has acquired extensive expertise in extending OCT technology to a wide range of applications in ophthalmology, otolaryngology, dentistry, dermatology, microscopy and embryology. The AOG has been active in translating OCT technology to industry and clinics in and outside UK. 

    More on the AOG, by visiting: https://research.kent.ac.uk/appliedoptics/news/

    The School of Physical Sciences (SPS) is situated in the newly refurbished science laboratories on the Canterbury Campus - a green garden campus that overlooks the historic city – and just an hour by high-speed train to London. It is part of the Faculty of Sciences within the University of Kent, and offers a number of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Physics, Chemistry, and Forensic Sciences. 

    Please see the links below to view the full job description and to apply for this post.

    You will be required to fill in the main details section of the application form as well as upload your CV and a cover letter. Your cover letter should clearly address the requirements as detailed in the Person Specification.

    If you require further information regarding the application process please contact The Resourcing Team on jobs@kent.ac.uk quoting ref number: STM-164-20 or click this link: https://jobs.kent.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=STM-164-20

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