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THz imaging for cancer surgery. EMPS College Home fees Studentship, PhD in Physics and Astronomy.


   College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences

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  Prof E Hendry, Prof N Stone  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

Exeter United Kingdom Biomedical Engineering Biophysics Optical Physics Materials Science Physics

About the Project

Location:

Department of Department of Physics and Astronomy, Streatham Campus, Devon, University of Exeter

The University of Exeter’s College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to commence in January 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. The studentship will cover Home tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £15,609 for 3.5 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study. 

This College studentship is open to UK and Irish nationals, who if successful in their application will receive a full studentship including payment of university tuition fees at the home fees rate.

Project Description:

The way we take pictures is changing: conventional imaging systems use lenses to form an image directly onto a camera sensor. Computational imaging systems, by comparison, offload the task of image formation to a computer, allowing the reconstruction of images from measurements in a more abstract way - without ever physically forming an image. This concept is particularly powerful at THz frequencies where conventional sensor arrays are insensitive. In recent years, the University of Exeter has developed a series of proof-of-principle computational THz imaging systems [1-4], by using just a single THz sensitive detector and loading spatial image information onto temporal degrees of freedom. The aim of this project is to develop these imaging approaches for cancer imaging applications.

The successful applicant will join a vibrant research team as a PhD student, and will focus on building and testing imaging designs using tissue phantoms formulated to mimic the behaviour of cancer tissues, as well as the development of acquisition software to take images. This will require a knowledge of optics, while a working knowledge in programming in labview or python would be beneficial (though not essential). The role also requires the ability to present information on research progress and outcomes at team meetings, as well as communicate complex information, orally, and in a written format.

Working with colleagues from the Universities of Warwick and Leeds, the successful PhD student will join a large team working on the EPSRC program “Terabotics”, aiming to build next gen THz technology for imaging cancers

(https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/physics/research/condensedmatt/ultrafastphotonics/terabotics/). As part of the program, the THz imaging technologies developed in Exeter during this PhD project will be implemented on surgical robots for testing at the partner institutions.

Entry Requirements:

This studentship is open to UK and Irish nationals, who if successful in their application will receive a full studentship including payment of university tuition fees at the home fees rate.

Applicants for this studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an appropriate area of science or technology.

An undergraduate degree in physics or natural sciences is essential, as is the completion of undergraduate courses in electromagnetism and/or optics.

If English is not your first language you will need to have achieved at least 6.0 in IELTS and no less than 6.0 in any section by the start of the project. 

Alternative tests may be acceptable (see http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/english/).


Funding Notes

The University of Exeter’s College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to commence in January 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. For eligible students the studentship will cover Home tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £15,609 for 3.5 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study.

References

[1] Science Adv. 2, 1600190 (2016)
[2] Nano Lett. 16, 7019 (2017)
[3] Optica 4,989 (2017)
[4] Optica 8, 88-94 (2021)