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PhD studentship in computational imaging for next generation imaging systems

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The last decade has witnessed a revolution in imaging made possible by the development of high-performance electronic detectors and computer processing. The optics within commercial imaging systems have changed little however, but this is about to change. By combining modern optical design and manufacturing with computational image recovery a new class of imaging systems is being developed that enable imaging with capabilities that have not previously been possible; such as imaging with extreme depth of field, the ability to detect range through a single aperture or to form diffraction-limited, wide field-of-view images with very simple or aberrated optics. The Imaging Concept Group is at the forefront of these developments.

The PhD student will research new concepts for using computational imaging for enhanced guidance systems: for example the development of biomimetic foveal-imaging systems, multi-spectral imaging and hybrid optical-digital imaging for low-aberration imaging through conformal aerodynamic surfaces. The student will develop underpinning optical theory, conduct mathematical modelling of using optical-design ray-tracing software and a high-level programming language such as MatLab. The project will include the experimental implementation of practical systems.

The Imaging Concepts Group consists of about 20 researchers (PhD/EngD students, postdocs, visiting scholars and academics) conducting leading-edge research in advanced imaging techniques and their practical applications. Research is conducted in newly refurbished laboratories and ~£2M of state-of-the-art optical instrumentation and equipment. Additional information and an overview of recent ICG research in computational imaging can be found in links in the accompanying PDF (see References). The project is funded by MBDA and will involve conducting research at their facilities in Bristol.

Applicants should have a good first degree of equivalent in a Physical Science or Engineering. Applications should be made by submitting a curriculum vitae and covering letter to Prof Andy Harvey at . Informal enquiries are also welcome on +44 141 330 8606. The position will remain open until it is filled, but early applications are encouraged. The standard EPSRC eligibility criteria apply to this position; non-UK applicants should explain how they qualify for funding according to EPSRC guidelines.


Research will be conducted within the imaging Concepts Group at Glasgow University.

How good is research at University of Glasgow in Physics?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 44.90

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