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25 Jul

PhD Studentship in “Developing a rigorous modelling platform for biomedical optical imaging

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The Department of Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering at UCL is inviting applications for a studentship in the area of computational modelling of biomedical optical imaging.
Studentship Description

A four year PhD studentship funded by The Royal Society is available to embark on an exciting project developing a computational platform for application in cutting edge biomedical imaging techniques, including optical coherence tomography and photoacoustic tomography. This project has two primary aims: to significantly increase the volumes of tissue within which light propagation can be modelled and to apply this model to address current challenges in biomedical imaging.

The project will suit a student with a strong background in maths or physics, with programming experience a plus. The successful candidate will join the UCL CDT in Medical Imaging cohort and benefit from the activities and events organised by the centre.

The project supervisor, Dr Peter Munro has developed the first three-dimensional model of image formation model in optical coherence tomography based on Maxwell’s equations. The core of this model is a numerical solution to Maxwell’s equations capable of modelling light propagation in tissue volumes large enough to be of relevance. The challenge now is to further increase these volumes so that fundamental questions related to imaging deep in tissue can be addressed. This will be achieved through a combination of algorithmic and computational enhancements and will constitute a significant portion of this PhD project.
Having extended the computational model, there exist a number of research questions in biomedical optical imaging that are waiting to be addressed. These include questions in optical coherence tomography and photoacoustic imaging. The choice of which applications to pursue is flexible and will depend on which is most compelling. This part of the project will be done in close collaboration with researchers working on the biomedical imaging technique of choice, or its application in the clinic.
This project is very exciting as it will enable a range of currently open research questions to be answered using computational approaches. It also comes at a time when computational models of image formation are needed for use by machine learning and artificial intelligence applications.

UCL’s department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering is an ideal place to undertake this type of research. There is a strong core of researchers working on both the theoretical and experimental aspects of biomedical imaging and there are strong links with clinicians at “UCLH”: http://www.uclh.nhs.uk/Pages/Home.aspxensuring the impact of department’s work is maximised.

Person Specification

Applicants are expected to have a good first degree in a physics, engineering or mathematics at 2:1 above. Experience in optics, numerical computing and programming in languages such as C/C++ will be advantageous.

Funding will be for 4 years, with a tax free stipend of £16,777 per year plus UK/EU-level university fees and is available to students from the UK and EU.

Outstanding students from outside the EU may apply if they have funding to support international fees. The anticipated start date is Autumn 2018.

If you have any scientific queries please contact Dr Peter Munro: p.munro@ucl.ac.uk/020 7679 7760.

The closing date for applications is 3rd August and it is anticipated that interview will be held as soon as possible after applications close.

To apply please send a covering letter, CV and names of two referees to Miss Mohini Nair (m.nair@ucl.ac.uk), Medical Physics and Bioengineering, who will also be happy to handle any informal enquiries.