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EPSRC and MRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Optical Medical Imaging

Centre for Doctoral Training in Optical Medical Imaging

The EPSRC and MRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Optical Medical Imaging

University of Edinburgh and University of Strathclyde


PhD Studentships available - Strathclyde hub

We are now looking to recruit high-calibre postgraduate candidates to join a globally unique, multi-disciplinary team to receive training in Optical Medical Imaging with entry in September 2017.

This year we are celebrating the wide range of cutting edge physical science research taking place at the University of Strathclyde and so we are now recruiting to exciting imaging projects based at the Departments of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Physics, Electronic and Electrical Engineering and the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences with collaboration from clinicians from the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at University of Edinburgh.

The research strengths here are fluorescence based probes for real time, in vivo sensing; miniaturised devices for in vivo imaging using fluorescence and Raman spectroscopies; state-of-the-art imaging of cancer biomarkers using non-linear spectroscopies; the use of SERS in biological research related to healthcare; fluorescence lifetime measurements for biomarker sensing; and the development of new microscopic techniques e.g. super resolution microscopies.

Future leaders and innovators

OPTIMA has been established to ensure that the UK has a strong and sustained pipeline of future scientific leaders and innovators in optical medical imaging encompassing the molecular, cellular, preclinical and clinical applications of physical and biomedical science in this priority area.

Science and business hand-in-hand

OPTIMA is a 4 year programme combining excellent research and PhD supervision in world-leading scientific environments, in addition to a bespoke programme of business training in healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship.

Our focus is to train the next generation of scientific entrepreneurs in healthcare technologies and so we place great emphasis on interdisciplinary projects, commercially-relevant training and strong ties to the clinical environment.

The EPSRC and MRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Optical Medical Imaging

A unique training opportunity

PhD students will benefit from summer schools, industrial placements, clinical mentors and an integrated business-skills course delivered in partnership with the University of Edinburgh Business School, the Hunter Centre (University of Strathclyde) and our industrial partners.

OPTIMA students can choose from a range of exciting and innovative projects that breakdown the barriers between physics, chemistry, medicine and engineering.

World-class team

Our pool of OPTIMA supervisors are the best in their fields and have been involved in the spinning-out of a number of companies. They know what it takes to achieve scientific excellence and technological innovation.

Application Process

If you would like to apply to OPTIMA please submit a cover letter and a full up-to-date C.V. with names and addresses of two academic referees.

The cover letter should clearly state your eligibility and why you are interested in applying for a studentship with OPTIMA.

Send applications to [email protected]

Applications are now open for joining OPTIMA in September 2017 with the following deadlines:

13th April 2017 (Interviews scheduled for 4th/5th May)

Please note:

  • OPTIMA studentships are subject to Research Council funding eligibility criteria.
  • We do have a limited number of studentships for which EU nationals can apply.
  • OPTIMA studentships cover UK/EU tuition fees and stipend for four years.
  • OPTIMA cannot support tuition fees for overseas students but welcome applications from self-funding international students.

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