Phd Studentship: X-ray Dark-field Imaging Techniques

University College London - Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering

The Department of Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at UCL is inviting applications for a studentship in the area of X-ray dark-field imaging techniques.


We are looking to recruit a talented student for a fully funded studentship to carry out cutting edge research in the rapidly developing field of phase-based X-ray imaging-ray imaging is a standard tool for non­destructive visualization of the inner structure of samples and finds application in a vast diversity of fields, encompassing medicine, biology, engineering, paleontology and security. The image formation principle of conventional radiography have remained the same for well over a century: the different amount of absorption experienced by the radiation traversing the sample generates image contrast. By means of phase-sensitive techniques it is possible to detect also the phase shifts imparted by the sample to the beam and to extend the capabilities of X-ray imaging to those details that lack enough absorption contrast to be visualised in conventional radiography.

The research pioneered at UCL and in other world-leading institutions is enabling the translation of phase-based X-ray imaging techniques into commercial systems. This project will be primarily aimed at applying advanced X-ray imaging techniques to the study of materials, soft tissue and contrast agents. The student will have the opportunity to learn in detail the theoretical and experimental aspects of X-ray imaging, including hands-on experience on state-of-the art laboratory equipment as well as to develop computational and numerical skills for modelling and data analysis. The research group has strong connections with industrial and academic partners across a range of disciplines and institutions which will support the development of the student's collaborators network.

The successful candidate will be based primarily at The Department of Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering.

Person Specification

Funding will be for 4 years, with a tax free stipend of £16,777 per annum plus UK/EU-level university fees. Outstanding students from outside the EU may apply if they have funding to support international fees. The closing date is 26th March 2018 and the anticipated start date 24th September 2018.

Applicants must have or expect to obtain, a UK first class or 2:1 honours degree or the international equivalent in the appropriate area of physical science.

Applicants must be UK students or EU students who will have spent the previous 3 years in the UK.

Clear interest in medical physics and understanding the core processes underpinning the techniques to be investigated. Well-developed experimental skills and interest in developing programming and numerical skills. Creative, critical and independent thinking. Excellent writing and communication skills. Self-management and good working habits. Capability to work independently, used to take initiative as well as being part of a team.


If you have any scientific queries please contact Dr. Marco Endrizzi: Applications (including a covering letter, CV and names of two referees) should be sent to PhD Research Administrator Miss Mohini Nair ( Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering who will handle any informal enquires.

Further information on the research is available at

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