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Computational imaging of the retina

Project Description

Recent years have witnessed a revolution in retinal-imaging technology underpinned by new electro-optic technologies and image analysis. However, the imaging principles behind most modern ophthalmoscopes have not changed substantially since the pioneering work of Helmholtz and Gullstrand. The aim of this PhD studentship is to devise fundamentally new computational-imaging ophthalmic instruments. This will involve the joint design of novel imaging optics integrated with computer algorithms for recovery of retinal images. The project will involve invention, numerical modelling, design, experimental optics and development of computer algorithms. It is envisaged that the new techniques will form the basis of new ophthalmic instruments suitable for medical screening.

The student will work under the supervision of Prof Andy Harvey, within the Imaging Concepts Group of 15-20 researchers. We conduct internationally-leading research into the invention and application of new imaging techniques in the fields of retinal and biomedical imaging and microscopy. The student will develop skills in creativity and problem solving, imaging science and working with academic, industrial and medical partners. The ideal candidate will have a 1st or 2i degree in a physical science, engineering or related subject and an enthusiasm for combining practical research with fundamental science.

The position is for 3.5 years from, nominally, October 2020 within the Imaging Concepts Group in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow. The project is co-funded by Quantic and Optos (a Nikon company), the global leader in ophthalmic imaging. The student will be expected to spend some short periods working at Optos R&D facilities in Dunfermline.

Applicants should email a CV with covering letter to Prof Andy Harvey at the address below by the deadlines. Early applications are welcome. Your covering letter should explain your motivation and suitability for the position. Prospective applicants are also very welcome to email or telephone Prof Harvey to discuss further details of the position.

Funding Notes

Stipend and fees are provided at the current EPSRC rate; see View Website

Applicants should satisfy the EPSRC residence requirements. Normally, to be eligible for a full award a student must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship (with some further constraint regarding residence for education). Further details are at View Website


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