EPSRC Industrial CASE PhD Studentship: Calibration Phantoms for Optical Coherence Tomography

Aston University - School of Engineering and Applied Science

Applications are invited for a three year Postgraduate studentship, supported by the School of Engineering and Applied Science, to be undertaken within the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies at Aston University.  The successful applicant will join an established experimental group working on the design and fabrication of calibration phantoms for optical coherence tomography using femtosecond laser materials processing.  The studentship is offered in collaboration with Arden Photonics.

The position is available to start in January 2017 (subject to negotiation)

Financial Support

This studentship includes a fee bursary to cover the home/EU fees rate plus a maintenance allowance (£15,850 in 2016/17).

Applicants from outside the EU may apply for this studentship but will need to pay the difference between the ‘Home/EU’ and the ‘Overseas’ tuition fees (approximately £12,000 per annum). As part of the application you will be required to confirm that you have applied for, or secured this additional funding.

Background of the Project

The aim of this research project will be to design and prototype novel calibration phantoms for Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) systems using a femtosecond (fs) laser fabrication process developed at Aston - a phantom is a device used for the calibration of a metrology instrument. Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a rapidly expanding class of instrumentation that allows the user to image the internal structure of transparent materials by measuring changes in the refractive index.  The project will require extensive lab work using high speed lasers for the fabrication of the devices and microscopy for device characterisation. The student will also be expected to understand the standards frameworks for medical imaging. During the course of the project the student will spend at least one day a fortnight at Arden Photonics (based in Solihull) to enable them to understand the commercial importance of the work and give the student business insight as an integral part of the training.

Person Specification

The successful applicant should have a first class or upper second class honours degree or equivalent qualification in Physics, Applied Physics or Electronic Engineering.  Preferred skill requirements include knowledge/experience of practical laboratory working, lasers systems, optics, computer control of hardware, image processing. You should be able to think creatively to address open ended problems.

We would particularly like to encourage applications from women seeking to progress their academic careers.  Aston University is committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter, recognised recently by a prestigious Silver Award to EAS, and we pride ourselves on our vibrant, friendly and supportive working environment and family atmosphere.

For initial enquiries about this project prior to application and other opportunities within the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies, contact Dr Kate Sugden at k.sugden@aston.ac.uk

The online application form, reference forms and details of entry requirements, including English language are available here.

Applications should also be accompanied by an explanation of how your knowledge and experience will benefit the project and an electronic copy of a substantial report that you have written such as an individual final year project report.

Details of how to write your project proposal are also included in the How to Apply section.

Closing Date: 14 November 2016


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