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PhD Studentship in the Area of Optical Medical Imaging

School of Chemistry

About the Project

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) have sponsored a £6M interdisciplinary research project between the Universities of Edinburgh, Nottingham and Southampton as part of its forward-looking investment into healthcare technologies for 2050 see:  InLightenUs ( The project brings together a multi-disciplinary team of internationally recognised academics who have world-class track records in chemistry, sensors, optics, machine learning and lasers etc. and aims to deliver transformative technologies and devices within the area of muscular skeletal disease and cancer.

As part of the University of Edinburgh’s commitment to this project, we are looking to recruit a high-caliber PhD student to join this dynamic team. In particular, we are seeking an enthusiastic chemistry/chemical technology student to develop novel chemistry in the area of organic upconverting materials. The project will initially focus on the design, organic synthesis and physical characterisation of small molecule fluorophores, with the aim to extend these into the near-infrared wavelength regime via one- and two-photon excitation.

This project will link organic and polymer chemistry to incorporate these new fluorophores into polymeric materials for applications across the project. This affords the student the opportunity for both organic and polymeric synthesis, as well as using high-throughput technologies of polymer microarrays for combinatorial chemistry.

The project is suitable for graduates with strong chemistry background with a keen interest in organic and polymer chemistry and its application in a biomedical setting. Interest in biology, informatics, image analysis, engineering, or physics would be beneficial.

Application Process

To apply please submit a cover letter stating clearly why you are interested in applying for the studentship, a full up-to-date C.V. and names and addresses of two academic referees to the email given below by 1st May 2021.

or applications and further details, please contact:  Professor Mark Bradley:

 Equality and Diversity

The School of Chemistry holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. The University is a member of the Race Equality Charter and is a Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champion, actively promoting LGBT equality. The University has a range of initiatives to support a family friendly working environment. See our University Initiatives website for further information. University Initiatives website:


Funding Notes

The studentship is fully funded for 48 months and covers tuition fees and an annual stipend (starting at £15,609 per annum) for a candidate satisfying UKRI residency requirements: View Website

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