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New technologies for security screening in public spaces.


Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

About the Project

Use your research talents and ingenuity to make the world safer.
Our research focuses on creating new and innovative technologies for security screening at airports and other high-risk public spaces. We are working closely with industry leaders to find solutions that:

Improve the performance, sensitivity, manufacture and design of detectors: using theoretical analysis and modelling tools to gain new insights into electromagnetic scattering, noise sources, sensor-design, front-end electronics and digital signal processing, influencing the next generation of walkthrough portal products.

Making detectors smarter: using new signal and data-driven analytics, numerical modelling, tomography, and machine learning to extract the most information possible from the detector response, and create new opportunities for detection through enhanced capabilities.
We are interested in research at the very forefront of technology, applied and translated for impact to make a real difference to the world outside the laboratory. We are seeking individuals who share this vision for prospective PhD projects. You will be joining a growing and dynamic research group with a strong applied ethos and a record of world-class research into electromagnetic sensing, working across platforms from metal detectors, eddy-current sensors, and radar, for applications ranging from security, recycling, manufacturing, and humanitarian demining.

A good honours degree (1st or high 2:1 or equivalent) in an engineering related discipline. Applicants must be self-motivated and enthusiastic about the subject, with a record of strong performance in independent research, such as dissertations, final year projects, or other industrial experience.

For more information on our research, or to discuss prospective project proposals, please contact Dr Michael D O’Toole,


Funding Notes

Applications are invited from self-funded students. For candidates with exceptional track records, funding may be available from internal scholarships and industry sponsorship. In both cases, candidates are encouraged to get in contact to discuss opportunities and specific project proposals

As an equal opportunities institution we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments are made on merit



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