Raman and Fluorescence Signals for Clinical Optical Imaging

The EPSRC IRC Proteus (Proteus) - Multiplexed 'Touch and Tell' Optical Molecular Sensing and Imaging - Lifetime and Beyond” is an Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration between the Universities of Edinburgh, Bath, Heriot Watt, Durham and Dundee.

This highly interdisciplinary collaboration is focused on sensing and imaging with researchers from the fields of optical fibres, detectors, fluorescent probes, biological models, signal processing and machine learning through to clinical care. Testing in patients has commenced of a number of world-leading bedside-based technology platforms to diagnose disease inside the lung.

This Optical Sensing and Imaging Platform can provide ground-breaking dynamic sensing of pathological events in the distal lung of patients at the molecular level, which leads to significant healthcare improvement through rapid diagnosis, patient stratification and personalised drug therapy. The platform consists of both optical fibre-bundle and bench-top microscopy imaging systems, and time-resolved fluorescence/Raman spectroscopy systems.

As part of the University of Edinburgh’s commitment to the newly funded phase of this PROTEUS project we are looking to recruit a high-calibre postgraduate student to join this world-class team. In particular we are seeking engineering students with strong optical/biomedical qualifications and skills to explore the development of Raman and fluorescence lifetime imaging systems, time-correlated single photon counting sensors and signal processing techniques to address a range of disease-specific molecular signatures.  An interest in software, chemical biology and bio-photonics would be an advantage and experience in multidisciplinary research would also be beneficial. The students will be supervised by Prof. Robert Henderson and Dr. Neil Finlayson.

CLOSING DATE: June 2020 or until position filled.

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Closing Date: 

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

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Minimum entry qualification - an Honours degree at 2:1 or above (or International equivalent) in a relevant science or engineering discipline, possibly supported by an MSc Degree. Further information on English language requirements for EU/Overseas applicants.


Tuition fees + stipend available for Home students and EU students who have been resident in the UK for 3+ years. 

EU students who have not been resident in the UK for 3+ years are not eligible for stipend. 

International students are not eligible for funding and applications from International students will not be considered.

Further information and other funding options.