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PhD in Fibre-Based Holographic Imaging

Project Description

A PhD position is available in the field of Biophotonics. This project is in competition with other projects offered by the School of Physical Sciences for one of a number of EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships.

The aim of this project is to investigate the transmission of high resolution optical phase information over optical fibres using digital holography.

Fibre-based microscopy has a range of applications in biosciences and medicine, including as a real-time, endoscopic alternative to conventional histology. While intensity-based imaging via fibre bundles is well-established, recovery of phase information is far more challenging and will require use of holographic phase-to-intensity encoding techniques.

The project will involve prototyping fibre microscopes, identifying applications of the new techniques developed, and working with collaborators on validation studies. This will require a mix of optical laboratory work, including with complex devices such as spatial light modulators, as well as numerical modelling in Matlab or Python, and development of software for real time display and control. The exact programme of work can be adapted to the interests and skills of the candidate.

The successful candidate will be based at the University of Kent’s main campus in Canterbury as part of the Applied Optics Group, and work under the co-supervision of Dr Michael Hughes and Prof Adrian Podoleanu. Occupying two floors of the University’s Photonics Centre, with the use of modern optical laboratories as well as clean-room and workshop facilities, the Applied Optics Group offers a wide range of optical prototyping, test and measurement equipment to support this project.

This PhD Studentship is due to start in September 2019.


Contact: For further information or informal enquiries, please contact Dr Michael Hughes at

How to Apply: To apply please go to

You will need to apply through the online application form on the main University website. Please note that you will be expected to provide personal details, education and employment history and supporting documentation (Curriculum Vitae, transcript of results, two academic references).

Deadline Date for Applications: 8th February 2019

Funding Notes

Applicants should have or expect to obtain a first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Physics, Engineering, Computing or a related subject. This is in competition with other projects for an EPSRC-funded Scholarship, which will be offered at the standard UK Research Councils' rate (currently £14,777; to cover living costs) and will additionally cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate (currently £4260 per annum). This scholarship (maintenance and fees) is available to UK nationals only, but EU nationals are eligible for a fees-only award.

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