PhD projects eligible for Vice Chancellor’s scholarships

The projects below are eligible for the University of Kent’s Vice Chancellors Scholarship. For more information about this award, and other Postgraduate funding, please see the University Scholarship finder.

Please note that these projects are in competition with a number of other projects across the School of Physical Sciences for three funded positions. There will be an internal competition and the quality of the applicants will play a role in the final decision of the School.

We also have projects in competition for EPSRC funding – you can find out more about this opportunity in general here, and details of the Applied Optics projects here.

The deadline for applications is 8th February 2019.

Entry requirements and Funding: Applicants should have or expect to obtain a first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Physics, Engineering, Computing or a related subject. The scholarship is available to both UK and EU nationals and will involve undertaking teaching/demonstrating duties during the period of study. This is in competition with other projects for a Vice Chancellor’s Research Scholarship, which would be offered at the standard UK Research Councils’ rate (currently £14,777 to cover living costs) and will additionally cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate (currently £4260).

How to Apply: To apply please go to https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/212/physics.

You will need to apply through the online application form on the main University website. Please note that you will be expected to provide personal details, education and employment history and supporting documentation (Curriculum Vitae, transcript of results, two academic references).

For more information, or general enquiries, please contact the supervisors listed below.

PhD in Applied Optics

Supervisor: Prof Adrian Podoleanu

A PhD position is available in the field of Lasers for Biomedical Optics. This project is in competition with other projects offered by the School of Physical Sciences for one of a number of Vice Chancellor’s PhD Studentships.

The aim of the project is to devise the next generation of lasers for optical coherence tomography (OCT). Time stretch technology consists in using an ultrashort, ultrawide bandwidth laser that is stretched in a dispersing element. Using the concept of time stretch, over tens of MHz tuning rate becomes possible. Such lasers can drive the future OCT systems that will find application in surgery and real time navigation.

The successful candidate will be based at the University of Kent’s main campus in Canterbury as part of the Applied Optics Group, and work under the supervision of Professor Adrian Podoleanu (Kent), with co-supervision from collaborators at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology on using such imaging tools for real time observation.

PhD in Few Shot Learning for the Identification of Rare Pathologies in Medical Images

Supervisor: Dr Stuart Gibson, Prof Adrian Podoleanu

A PhD position is available in the field of Applied Artificial Intelligence and Medical Imaging. This project is in competition with other projects offered by the School of Physical Sciences for one of a number of Vice Chancellor’s PhD Studentships.

Artificial intelligence (AI) has become prevalent in many areas including autonomous (self-driving) vehicles, recommender systems and healthcare. In particular deep neural networks have revolutionised the field of computer vision, allowing accurate and fast identification of objects within images for problems comprising thousands of object classes. An estimated 90 percent of all healthcare data originates from medical images. Access to such large datasets has allowed, for example, DeepMind to train an AI based image interpretation system that is capable of automatically detecting a variety of eye diseases. The work employed optical coherence tomography (OCT), a technology developed intensively in the School of Physical Sciences.