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Compact polarization imaging system (EPS2020/23)

School of Engineering & Physical Sciences

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Dr X Chen No more applications being accepted Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Polarization of light contains valuable information that is usually absent in colour and intensity. Polarization information can reveal invisible information about natural materials and the condition of artificial structures, but current cameras used to detect it are very bulky and expensive due to the involvement of moving parts. Flat optics has provided new direction for camera technology with unprecedented compactness, which can be used in many research fields such as facial recognition, remote sensing and machine vision. This project will concentrate on the design, fabrication, system integration and image processing for polarization imaging.

The candidate should be qualified to at least first degree level (above 70%) with a first class honors degree (high 2:1) in one of the following disciplines: physics, physical engineering, electrical engineering or equivalent. A background in optics or nano-photonics will be a plus. Previous experience in lithography, clean room hand experience, FIB and electron microscopy characterisation experience is advantageous, although full training will be provided. Selection will be based on academic excellence and research potential, and all short-listed applicants will be interviewed (in person or by Skype). These studentships are only open to UK/EU applicants. These Studentships are only available for students who meet residency requirements set out by EPSRC.
All applicants must have or expect to have a 1st class MChem, MPhys, MSci, MEng or equivalent degree by Autumn 2020. Selection will be based on academic excellence and research potential, and all short-listed applicants will be interviewed (in person or by Skype). This scholarship is only open to UK/EU applicants who meet UK residency requirements set out by EPSRC.
Closing Date
All applications must be received by 28th February 2020. All successful candidates should usually expect to start in September/October 2020.
How to Apply
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When applying through the Heriot-Watt on-line system please ensure you provide the following information:
(a) in ‘Study Option’
You will need to select ‘Edinburgh’ and ‘Postgraduate Research’. ‘Programme’ presents you with a drop-down menu. Choose Physics PhD and select September 2020 for study option (this can be updated at a later date if required)
(b) in ‘Research Project Information’

You will be provided with a free text box for details of your research project. Enter Title and Reference number of the project for which you are applying and also enter the supervisor’s name.

This information will greatly assist us in tracking your application.

Please note that once you have submitted your application, it will not be considered until you have uploaded your CV and transcripts.

Funding Notes

The annual stipend will be approx. £15k and full fees will be paid for a period of 3.5 years.

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