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EngD in Industrialisation of Emerging Ultrasound Technologies


  Prof Sandy Cochran  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

We are continuing to welcome applications at this time.

Industrial Partner: IMV Imaging

The goal of this project is to identify novel and emerging ultrasound technologies which can reduce the hardware complexity of conventional ultrasound scanners. Whilst novel technologies such as plane wave imaging and neural network or software-based beamforming have led to significant advances in imaging performance, this project aims to leverage new technologies to bring value to veterinary customers through a more efficient use of hardware.

Whilst the general concepts of the above ground-breaking techniques have been described in literature, a knowledge gap exists both in academic and public industry literature regarding efficient implementation of such concepts in low cost and portable scanners.

You will conduct an assessment phase which will precede any practical work, such that early research into emerging technologies will inform strategic direction once industrialisation constraints are considered.

Following strategic direction, you will consult with IMV imaging engineers on hardware constraints to be prototyped on the Verasonics platform.

Finally, you will work with IMV imaging engineers to progress the project through Technology Readiness Levels

Education/ experience

  • Educated to masters degree level in an Electronics & Electrical Engineering discipline at 2:1 or equivalent
  • Strong signal processing knowledge
  • Strong programming knowledge (C, Python, Matlab)
  • Experience and knowledge of electronics system design

Competencies/ key characteristics

  • Good lab-based experience
  • Good approach to planning
  • Problem solving skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Highly self-motivated with a desire to learn
  • Quick to learn new development tools and technologies
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted through the University of Glasgow online application system with a cover letter, CV, two references and your transcript/degree certificate. When applying to this project, please insert the project name in to the “proposed thesis title” section and add “Prof Sandy Cochran” as a placeholder supervisor for the application.

Please visit our website for further details about the FUSE CDT and how to apply.

For enquiries, please email

Funding Notes

Funding is available to cover tuition fees for UK Home applicants and a stipend at the Research Council rate (£16,062 for 2022/23). To be eligible for a fully-funded Home studentship, you must be:
• a UK citizen (who has been resident in the UK/EEA/Switzerland/Gibraltar for the past three years)
• an EU citizen with ‘settled’ or ‘pre-settled’ status in the UK.
• an applicant with ‘indefinite leave to remain or enter’ the UK
We also accept international applicants that can self-fund or bring external funding to cover their tuition and living costs.

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