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PhD studentship – Advanced interferometric imaging methods

   Department of Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering

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  Prof A Olivo  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

UCL Department/Division

Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering

Duration of Studentship

4 years


£18,000 per annum plus UK Fees

Vacancy Information

The Departments of Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at UCL are inviting applications for a studentship in the area of interferometric imaging methods.

The Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering holds an Athena Swan Bronze Award which recognises and celebrates good practice and commitment to advancing women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in higher education and research. The award reflects our commitment to the advancement and promotion of diversity and equality.

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Studentship Description

This studentship is offered as part of the UCL-Nikon innovation partnership ( aimed at the development of innovative imaging techniques for applications in multiple fields from medicine to materials science. This specific studentship is aimed at developing completely innovative approaches based on nano-gratings (subject of a recent Nature Physics paper), by working in close collaboration with our nanofabrication partners.

The appointed student will join an existing cohort of around 10 PhD students working on the development of new imaging technology at the interface between Industry and Academia, and with close end-user involvement. The successful candidate will have full access to world-leading labs, work at the cutting-edge of imaging, fabrication and algorithmic methods, spend time in industry, and participate in experiments at high-end facilities (e.g. synchrotrons). This will enable the development of translational and interdisciplinary skills, leading to high employability by Academia, scientific institutions and Industry.

The involved academic groups have internationally leading profiles and an exceptional publication record. This project will provide opportunities for high-profile publications and conference presentations, and provide a wide range of opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations. The student will be trained to use and extend our wave-optical modelling software in order to simulate nano-grating designs and ultimately design an imaging system, work with the fabrication group to develop and characterize the nano-gratings, and ultimately use them to detect previously invisible features in biomedical and industrial samples, which will also entail developing novel image analysis and reconstruction approaches.

Person Specification

Funding will be for 4 years, with a tax-free stipend of £18,000 per year plus UK-level university fees. Applicants must be UK students or EU students with settled/pre-settled status who have spent the previous 3 years in the UK. Outstanding students from outside the EU may apply if they have funding to support international fees. The closing date is 07 June 2021 and the anticipated start date is late September 2021.

Applicants must have or expect to obtain, a UK first class or 2:1 honours degree or the international equivalent in the appropriate area of physical science, as well as: experimental, mathematical and numerical skills. Creative and critical thinking. Excellent writing and oral communication skills. Self-management and good working habits. Capability to work independently and programming skills.


For scientific queries contact Professor Alessandro Olivo ([Email Address Removed])

Applications (including a covering letter, CV and names of two referees) should be sent Professor Alessandro Olivo ([Email Address Removed]) who will also be happy to handle any informal enquiries. Further information on the research is available at


Contact name

Professor Sandro Olivo

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Closing Date

07 June 2021

Interview date


Studentship Start Date

Late September 2021

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