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EPS2021/39: Biophotonics for healthcare with fibre optics and single photon detection

School of Engineering & Physical Sciences

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Dr Michael Tanner No more applications being accepted Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
Edinburgh United Kingdom Biomedical Engineering Biophysics Communications Engineering Experimental Physics Medical Physics Optical Physics Medicine

About the Project

Heriot-Watt University has now created scholarship opportunities in the School of Engineering & Physical Sciences for 2021-22. 


Biophotonics for healthcare with fibre optics and single photon detection

This project aims to advance emerging optical technologies, including single photon detection systems and fibre optics, for improved healthcare technology. Fibre optics provide an optical window to the internal organs. Light interaction at the individual photon level with internal tissues can reveal the presence or progress of disease. This project will be focussed on practical development and demonstration of new healthcare technology in collaboration with clinicians and medical researchers at the University of Edinburgh.

Depending on the applicant interests, this project has the opportunity to focus on basic research technology, including quantum technology, in the lab or move all the way to practical application in medical environments. The student will have the chance to collaborate with a wide group of researchers, from fundamental physicists to those tackling the current healthcare challenges.

The candidate will join groups at the Heriot-Watt University, Insitute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences ,

with strong links to and collaboration with healthcare research at the University of Edinburgh, QMRI ,

Prospective candidates are welcome to contact Dr Michael Tanner ([Email Address Removed]) by email for further information, it would be useful to outline your experience and motivation.


All applicants must have or expect to have a 1st class MChem, MPhys, MSci, MEng or equivalent degree by Autumn 2021. Selection will be based on academic excellence and research potential, and all short-listed applicants will be interviewed (in person or via Microsoft Teams). Some of these scholarships are only open to UK/EU applicants and for students who meet residency requirements set out by EPSRC  

For some projects, applications may be accepted for exceptional overseas applicants.

How to Apply

1. Important Information before you Apply

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 Chemistry PhD, Physics PhD, Chemical Engineering PhD, Mechanical Engineering PhD, Bio-science & Bio-Engineering PhD or Electrical PhD as appropriate 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 potential 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.

2. Applications

Applications must be made through the Heriot-Watt on-line

application system,

3. Closing Date

All applications must be received by 31st March 2021. All successful candidates will usually be expected to commence their studies in September/October 2021.

Funding Notes

There are a number of scholarships available. Generally these offer an annual stipend payment of approx. £15,000 per year and cover fees for between 3 and 3.5 years
Funding is be available for high quality home students and may be available for high quality international students, you are recommended to make contact for further detail.
Funding is through either the JWS or DTP* schemes
* Please note that full fee funding for DTP studentships is only available to UK applicants. If you are unsure of your funding status, please contact the project supervisor, before submitting an application.
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