Computational Imaging of The Retina

University of Glasgow

School of Physics and Astronomy

Project Description

Recent years have witnessed a revolution in retinal-imaging technology underpinned by new photonic technologies and algorithmic techniques. The aim of this PhD studentship is to devise fundamentally new computational-imaging ophthalmic instruments that will bring a major advance on the fundamental principles that still have their routes in the pioneering work of Helmholtz and Gullstrand.. This will involve the joint design of novel optical-imaging systems combined with new computer algorithms for generation of retinal images. The project will involve invention, numerical modelling, design, experimental optics and development of computer algorithms. It is envisaged that the new techniques will form the basis of new ophthalmic instruments suitable for medical screening.

The student will work under the supervision of Prof Andy Harvey, within the Imaging Concepts Group of 15-20 researchers. We conduct internationally-leading research into the invention and application of new imaging techniques in the fields of retinal and biomedical imaging and microscopy. The student will develop and apply hard skills in optical imaging science, algorithm development and soft skills in creativity and problem solving and working with extended teams of academics, industrialists and medical partners.

The position is for 3.5 years from, nominally, October 2020 within the Imaging Concepts Group in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow. The project is co-funded by Quantic and Optos (a Nikon company), the global leader in ophthalmic imaging. The student will be expected to spend some short periods working at Optos global R&D facilities in Dunfermline.

To learn more about our research, visit the Imaging Concepts Group figshare site.

Funding Information

Stipend and fees are provided at the current EPSRC rate.

Eligibility Requirements

The ideal candidate will have a 1st or 2i degree in a physical science, engineering or related subject and an enthusiasm for combining practical research with fundamental science.

Applicants should satisfy the EPSRC residence requirements. Normally, to be eligible for a full award a student must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship (with some further constraint regarding residence for education). Further details.

Application Process

Applicants should email a CV with covering letter to Prof Andy Harvey at [email protected] by the deadlines. Early applications are welcome. Your covering letter should explain your motivation and suitability for the position. Prospective applicants are also very welcome to email or telephone Prof Harvey to discuss further details of the position.

The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is appointed.

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