Funded internship available, Summer 2019

An internship is available in the area of optical imaging systems for public outreach and engagement activities, to be held during the 2019 Summer Vacation.

A bursary of £1200 will be provided to help support living costs.

You will work in the Applied Optics Group in the School of Physical Sciences, in the endomicroscopy lab under the supervision of Dr Michael Hughes. The internship is suitable for an undergraduate student in physics or a related subject.

During the placement, you will contribute to work on compact, portable optical imaging systems to be used for public outreach and engagement. These demos are simplified versions of the research-grade systems developed in the Group, and currently include a fluorescence endoscopic microscope and a holographic microscope.

The activities can be adapted to the interests and experience of the student, and could include:

– helping to assemble demo kits, including designing and producing 3D printed components

– working on aspects of the user-interface software in Python/Matlab/C++

– developing supplementary materials such as leaflets, posters and powerpoint presentations to explain the underlying science to a lay audience.

Some work will be conducted in the optics research lab, and training will be provided on working safely with optical sources.

You will be treated as a full member of the Applied Optics Group; you will attend Group activities and events, such as seminars, group meeting and journal club, and have the chance to see how applied research is conducted in a university setting. Arrangements have also been made for you to spend some time working with the School of Physical Sciences Outreach Team, providing practical experience of how outreach activities are run. Depending on the timing of the internship, there may also be opportunities to participate directly in Applied Optics Groups outreach activities.

The 6 week internship will be held over the summer vacation, exact dates can be negotiated for mutual convenience.

To apply, please send a brief application to, maximum 1 page, summarising:

– Why you would like to take the internship, and how it will benefit your studies/career/training;

– A summary of other internships you have held or relevant experience you have (if any);

– A summary of your undergraduate marks to date.

All applications received by 14th June will be considered, after which further applications will received until the internship is filled.

More information about the Applied Optics Group and our research in Endoscopic Microscopy can be found at:

For informal inquiries, contact Dr Mike Hughes,