About the Project
Highly talented and motivated students are invited to apply for a fully funded PhD studentship at the University of Nottingham to develop novel plasmonic microscopy system for high resolution imaging of electrical activity in living cells.
Surface plasmon resonance sensors are extremely sensitive to voltage offering a new method for widefield label-free imaging of voltage with high resolution. This is currently applied to an exciting and new field of microscopic imaging of electrical signalling in cells and cell networks. The activities of our lab are directed at addressing challenges that are limiting the widespread use of this technology by electrophysiologists.
This project provides a highly challenging and equally rewarding research opportunity to address the engineering fundamental of this new imaging technique. It aims to test new approaches for enhancing resolution and sensitivity as well as increasing accuracy and reliability by suppressing optical and other artifacts. To address these challenges, a range of research methods will be applied including nanoplasmonics, optical engineering, nanofabrication, and signal/image processing. The candidate will join an stimulating research environment of world-leading optics and photonics group at Nottingham and the candidate will have the opportunity to visit a world leading research institute in Nanophotonics and optical engineering at the University of Shenzen, China.
The candidate will have a first or upper second class honours undergraduate or master's degree in Biomedical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Physics, or other relevant degree from a quality recognised institution. Candidates will have a solid numerical, analytical and mathematical skills, strong programming skills and the ability to program in Matlab and Labview or /C/C++ is essential. Previous experience in optical engineering and/or nano micro fabrication signal or image processing is required. Candidates who have experience in electrophysiological imaging (e.g. calcium imaging, Voltage imaging) and/or microelectrode techniques are also encouraged to apply. Candidates will be very good verbal and written communication skills, are self-driven, imaginative and have a strong problem-solving ability, positive and excellent team players.
Funding: The PhD position is to be taken up in October 2020 and is 3 years in duration. The studentship covers both tuition fees and a tax-free student stipend at RCUK rates. Applications from international students are also welcome, however, applicants will be required to cover shortfall in fees from personal resources.
Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr. Sidahmed Abayzeed ([Email Address Removed]) Please apply here: https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/pgstudy/how-to-apply/apply-online.aspx
Application should include: (1) a brief statement of research interests and motivation for pursuing PhD in this field, please include the reference number (beginning ENG and supervisors name) within the personal statement section of the application. This will help in ensuring your application is sent directly to the academic advertising the studentship; (2) a copy of your CV, including actual or expected degree class(es), a transcript of all University results, a list of publications, and contact details for two academic referees. Applications without academic transcripts or academic referees will not be considered; (3) copies of any publications or an example of your technical writing, such as a project report or dissertation.
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