PhD Funded Studentship in Medical Imaging

University of Lincoln - School of Computer Science

College of Science

Applications are invited for a MPhil/PhD position in the Laboratory of Vision Engineering (LoVE) at the University of Lincoln (UK) to work as part of a multidisciplinary team, led by Dr Massoud Zolgharni, to develop novel image analysis methods to enable exciting developments in cardiac ultrasound. You will work alongside a team of cardiologists from Imperial College London and engineers in LoVE to develop optimised cardiac image processing techniques. The main aim of this cross-disciplinary project is to develop a real-time and fully-automated novel medical technology to be used by cardiologists to assess cardiac function. To this end, a combination of engineering expertise (parallel programming, medical image acquisition and processing), basic science (algorithm development, statistics), and clinical experience (cardiology, echocardiography) will be used. As part of the project, the student will be given the opportunity to spend a period at Imperial College London, to undertake collaborative research using cardiac imaging techniques such as echocardiography.

Clinical partners

  • Imperial College London: will provide medical expertise
  • St Mary’s Hospital: with a large throughput of patients will ensure access to patient data and many opportunities for iterative trialling and revision of the system


The PhD student will be supervised by Dr Massoud Zolgharni at the School of Computer Science, with co-supervision from the Laboratory of Vision Engineering (Lincoln). The PhD will be based at the University of Lincoln with the opportunity to spend time at Imperial College London to undertake collaborative research.


Tuition Fees included (capped at UK/EU level) Stipend/Living allowance: £15,000 per annum

Qualification type: MPhil/PhD

Location: Lincoln & London (UK)

Collaborators: Imperial College London, and St Mary’s Hospital

Duration: 3 years

Project start date: As soon as possible


If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr Massoud Zolgharni (

Eligibility criteria:

  • You preferably have an MEng or MSc degree (or equivalent experience and/or qualifications) in an area pertinent to the subject area, i.e. Computing, Mathematics, or Engineering.
  • You must have a high standard undergraduate degree at UK 1st class or 2:1 level (or international equivalent).
  • You must be fluent in spoken and written English; Non-native speakers of English who did not study in an English speaking country will be required to have IELTS 6 with a minimum of 5.5 in each element.
  • You must have excellent communication skills and be able to organise your own work and prioritise work to meet deadlines.
  • Strong academic track record and practical software skills are desirable.
  • Any published scientific papers would be an advantage.

To apply:

All applications must be sent to with the keyword "[PhD-2016-Lincoln-Medical-Imaging]" in the subject field.

Applications must include the following:

  • A complete CV including details of any significant course projects and/or industrial experience
  • A 2-page research statement indicating what you believe to be interesting research issues relating to the above MPhil/PhD topic description and why your expertise is relevant
  • Academic transcripts/grades
  • A copy of publications of the applicant (if any)

Applications will be assessed, and interviewed where appropriate, as they arrive. The successful applicant will then be asked to submit a formal PhD application, to the University of Lincoln, online.

Applicants who have not received a reply by 31st July 2016, have been unsuccessful.

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