SEAHA Studentship: 3D Hyperspectral Imaging of Heritage

University College London

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology at University College London, University of Oxford, and University of Brighton (, in collaboration with Camlin Group Ltd ( and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (, are seeking applications for a fully funded studentship on the topic “3D Hyperspectral Imaging of Heritage”.

Art and heritage surfaces often have a 3D structure that requires either objects or cameras to be moved in order to keep the surface in focus. Movement of objects during imaging is often difficult for conservation or practical reasons, particularly of large objects. For 3D objects, the camera would ideally freely move in the space. Maximum freedom of movement could be enabled using an articulated robotic arm, which would need to carry not only the camera but the illumination system as well. Depth information could also be derived from two cameras pointing at the surface at an angle, i.e. stereo-imaging. We are looking for an excellent applicant with a science or engineering degree to join us and explore and develop the most advanced hyperspectral system available globally and pushing the boundaries of imaging beyond anything currently possible. The studentship project will look at mosaicking of hyperspectral information, spatial information as extracted from hyperspectral stereo-imaging, and imaging using a robotically enabled hyperspectral imaging system.

As a SEAHA student, you will have unparalleled access to research infrastructure and expertise across three universities and 60+ heritage, research, and industrial partners. In addition to the university doctoral training requirements, SEAHA students take part in an exciting range of cohort activities, ranging from residential events and group projects, to conferences and careers events.

  • Academic supervisors – Professor Adam Gibson, Professor Matija Strlic (University College London).
  • Heritage supervisor – Robert van Langh (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam).
  • Industrial supervisor – Dr John Gilchrist (Camlin Group Ltd).

Full information can be found at:

Academic entry criteria: A good first degree (min 2:1) in engineering, computer science or science qualifications.

Enquiries: Contact the academic supervisor Professor Adam Gibson (

Funding: The studentship covers home fees & stipend up to a maximum of £18,172 p.a. (current rate) for eligible applicants plus research budget. Non‐EU applicants are not eligible for funding.

The award will be subject to a Grant Agreement between UCL, Camlin Group Ltd, and the Rijksmuseum.

Training path: The student will be part of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training SEAHA (Science and Engineering for Arts, Heritage and Archaeology). Students will register for the one year MRes SEAHA at UCL in year 1 and then continue to PhD studies for years 2-4 of the studentship.

Application deadline: 1st September.

How to apply:

1. Submit an application to the MRes programme via the UCL online system. It is vital you submit this by 1st September.

2. Submit an application to the UCL SEAHA Manager ( including:

  • A covering letter (2-3 pages) including:
    • a clear explanation of your motivation for applying for this project;
    • a statement of your understanding of your eligibility according to criteria specified by SEAHA and the EPSRC.
  • A research proposal (max. 2,000 words) taking into consideration the research questions.
  • A full CV.
  • Contact details for two academic references.
  • Proof of meeting the UCL English language proficiency requirements.

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