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Position: PhD Studentship in Optical Ultrasound Imaging for Guiding Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgeries
Institution: University College London
Department: Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering
Location: London, United Kingdom
Duties: This project is centred on the development of new methods for performing high-resolution ultrasound imaging, which could include combinations of optical ultrasound transmission from micro-patterned surfaces and micro-fabricated piezoelectric receiver arrays. There is an opportunity to develop the first hybrid ultrasound imaging probe in which transmission is performed optically and reception is performed electronically. Depending on the student’s interests, the foci could include image/signal processing and/or micro-fabrication techniques
Requirements: Outstanding students from outside the EU may apply if they have funding to support international fees. Applicants must have or expect to obtain, a UK first class or 2: 1 honours degree or the international equivalent in the appropriate area of physical science. Applicants must be UK students or EU students who will have spent the previous 3 years in the UK. Clear interest in medical physics. Well-developed experimental skills. Sufficient level of mathematics and numerical skills. Creative and critical thinking. Excellent writing and oral communication skills. Self-management and good working habits. Capability to work independently and used to take initiative and Programming skills are desirable
   
Text: PhD Studentship in ?Optical Ultrasound Imaging for Guiding Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgeries?, - Ref:1647757 Click here to go back to search results UCL Department / Division Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering Duration of Studentship 4 years Stipend ?16,553 per annum plus UK/EU Fees Vacancy Information The Department of Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering at UCL is inviting applications for a studentship in the areas of medical imaging and minimally invasive procedures. The Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering holds an Athena Swan Bronze Award which recognises and celebrates good practice and commitment to advancing women?s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in higher education and research. The award reflects our commitment to the advancement and promotion of diversity and equality. For further information please visit: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/medphys/women-in-medical-physics Studentship Description We are seeking a highly motivated student for a PhD studentship in the rapidly developing field of interventional ultrasound imaging to develop new methods for performing ultrasound imaging using hybrid optical/electronic sensors. Minimally invasive procedures allow clinicians to treat many types of conditions, as alternatives to open surgeries. Robotic assistance is increasingly used to reduce X-ray radiation, to provide medical device stabilisation, and to increase precision of manipulations. However, with current generation technologies, limited visualisation and sensing of structures handicaps the potential of robotic technologies to optimise patient outcomes. Current imaging modalities often lack sufficient spatial resolution and tissue contrast, and offer only indirect views. There is an urgent need for new imaging and sensing technologies to visualise tissues from within the body in high resolution, directly from robotically-controlled medical devices. This project is centred on the development of new methods for performing high-resolution ultrasound imaging, which could include combinations of optical ultrasound transmission from micro-patterned surfaces and micro-fabricated piezoelectric receiver arrays. There is an opportunity to develop the first hybrid ultrasound imaging probe in which transmission is performed optically and reception is performed electronically. Depending on the student?s interests, the foci could include image/signal processing and/or micro-fabrication techniques. The student will be a part of a supportive, interdisciplinary team, with Scientists and Engineers working alongside Clinicians. Person Specification Funding will be for 4 years, with a tax free stipend of ?16,553 per year plus UK/EU-level university fees. Outstanding students from outside the EU may apply if they have funding to support international fees. The closing date is 30th June and the anticipated start date is 25th September 2017. Applicants must have or expect to obtain, a UK first class or 2:1 honours degree or the international equivalent in the appropriate area of physical science. Applicants must be UK students or EU students who will have spent the previous 3 years in the UK. Clear interest in medical physics. Well-developed experimental skills. Sufficient level of mathematics and numerical skills. Creative and critical thinking. Excellent writing and oral communication skills. Self-management and good working habits. Capability to work independently and used to take initiative and Programming skills are desirable. Eligibility If you have any scientific queries please contact Dr Adrien Desjardins, a.desjardins@ucl.ac.uk Applications (including a covering letter, CV and names of two referees) should be sent to Miss Mohini Nair ( m.nair@ucl.ac.uk ), Medical Physics and Bioengineering, who will also be happy to handle any informal enquiries. Further information on the research is available at: http://www.interventionaldevices.org Contact name Mohini Nair Contact details m.nair@ucl.ac.uk UCL Taking Action for Equality Closing Date 30 Jun 2017 Latest time for the submission of applications 5pm Studentship Start Date 25th September 2017
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