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Developing new medical imaging technologies

ACRF Image X Institute

Applications accepted all year round Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

An exciting opportunity exists to work on a PhD project where you will develop new medical imaging technologies that account for patient motion during CT scans (e.g. imaging the lungs as a patient breathes and their heart beats). Our work to date has led to more than ten clinical trials with technologies developed by members of the Institute now forming the standard of care for lung cancer radiation therapy. The work will primarily be applied to radiation therapy for cancer treatment as well as to a new treatment for cardiac disease called radiation ablation. Other application areas include musculoskeletal imaging.

As the work in this project is cross disciplinary, the project suits a broad range of students. For example, we currently have mathematicians working on the image reconstruction part of the project (inverse problems) and optimisation, biomedical engineers working on embedded programming and control systems, medical physicists working with linear accelerators and CT scanners, and, computer scientists working on software development and machine learning.

The work will be conducted in the ACRF Image X Institute at the University of Sydney where we have a reputation for translational research through to clinical trials and commercialisation (3 spinoff companies). The Institute has access to high end research machines (linear accelerators, CT scanners, etc) and currently has 20 to 30 full time researchers. We offer a highly collaborative research team that will provide you with the opportunity to get support and mentoring for the entire duration of your studies.

Our previous PhD students have gone on to successful careers in hospitals, industry and academia including leading the formation of spinout companies. We strongly encourage you to reach out to Associate Professor Ricky O’Brien to discuss the project in more detail as well as discussing the research environment and support offered by the ACRF Image X Institute.

Funding Notes

Details on the scholarship can be found at View Website

Candidates need to be eligible to enrol in a PhD at the University of Sydney which typically requires completing an undergraduate or masters degree with a research/thesis project as part of the course.

The closing date is 18th January 2021, but those that are self-funded or intend to apply for RTP scholarships can apply at any time of the year.

This scholarship does not include university tuition fees so international students will still need to cover this annual fee themselves.

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