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PhD position in High-Resolution X-Ray Computed Tomography Systems for Science, Medicine and Industry

UCL - Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: London
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: From £19,668 minimum annual stipend
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 9th December 2022
Closes: 1st February 2023
Reference: 23012

PhD position in High-Resolution X-Ray Computed Tomography Systems for Science, Medicine and Industry

Primary Supervisor: Dr Charlotte Hagen

Secondary Supervisor: Prof Alessandro Olivo

This studentship is co-funded by EPSRC and the Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering. The stipend will be at least the UCL minimum (£19,668), home tuition fees and be accompanied with a budget for conference and travel. Unfortunately, we cannot consider overseas fee students.

Project summary:

X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) has emerged as a key technology in a breadth of sectors spanning across science, medicine, and industry. Its growing importance is also reflected by the recent establishment of a National Research Facility for Lab CT in the UK, of which UCL is a direct part. The PhD candidate on this project will develop new approaches to tomographic x-ray imaging targeted at accommodating an even wider range of samples and imaging tasks, thereby increasing the technology’s application radius and, ultimately, impact.

The Advanced X-Ray Imaging (AXIm) group in UCL’s Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering has a rich history in the development of x-ray imaging methods and systems. We work with several industry partners including Nikon X-Tek Systems, ISDI, Scintacor, and Quantum Detectors. Other partners include the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology and three synchrotrons (Diamond, Elettra and the ESRF). The appointed PhD candidate will be given the opportunity to spend time in both academia and in industry and participate in experiments at synchrotrons.

Background:

A multidisciplinary consortium from UCL comprising the AXIm group in the Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, the Photonic Innovations Lab in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, and the Centre for Inverse Problems in Computer Science has received strategic funding from UKRI (Nikon-UCL Prosperity Partnership on Next-Generation X-Ray Imaging) to support a partnership tasked with developing disruptive approaches to the use of x-rays in science, medicine and industry. The AXIm group is leading the methods and instrument development aspects of the consortium and we are looking a suitable PhD candidate to join our team

Research Aims:

The PhD candidate will develop innovative high-resolution approaches for advanced x-ray CT, including across length scales, and involving complementary contrast modes (phase contrast). A key focus will be the development of fast approaches to high-resolution imaging to increase the throughout capabilities of the method. The PhD research will span across theory development, simulation studies, experiment design, data acquisition and analysis; comprehensive training in any of these elements will be provided.

Requirements:

We are looking for a curious and motivated individual with an interest in scientific research. Candidates must have a UK first class or 2:1 honours degree, an MSc, or their international equivalent in physics, engineering, mathematics or a comparable subject. Studentships are available to candidates with home student status.

The PhD position is envisaged to start at the beginning of the Academic Year 2023/24, but an earlier start can also be considered.

Deadline: 1st February 2023

To Apply: 

  • Please Make a formal application via the UCL Application Portal . Please select the programme code MPhil/PhD Medical Physics RRDMPHSING01 and enter Project Code 23012 under ‘Name of Award 1’
  • Send an expression of interest and current CV to: charlotte.hagen.10@ucl.ac.uk, a.olivo@ucl.ac.uk and medphys.pgr@ucl.ac.uk. Quoting Code: 23012 in the email subject line and your UCL Application ID.
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