PhD Studentship Nanophotonic-enhanced Optical Technologies for Imaging in Biomedicine

University of Cambridge, UK has an opening PhD position in photonics. The funding allows successful candidate to work for 5 years. Candidates are welcome before November 30, 2018.

About us The VISIONLab at the University of Cambridge develops novel imaging approaches for early cancer detection and evaluation of disease prognosis. Our imaging innovations arise primarily from low cost optics and photonics technologies, applied both in cancer models and in patients. We are particularly interested in developing methods to interrogate the cancer metabolism and the tumour microenvironment. Importantly, we place emphasis on biological validation of the imaging biomarkers that we measure, connecting our non-invasive imaging signatures with the molecular processes that generate them.

Desirable qualifications and skills A background in optics/photonics, micro/nanofabrication (cleanroom processing) and experience with programming (MATLAB, Python etc.) would be highly advantageous. The candidate must have (or expect to obtain) a 1st or 2:1 honours degree (Masters pass) in physics, engineering, or related subject. Candidates with previous related industrial experience and a strong interest in the project will also be considered. We strongly value a candidate with the desire to learn, create and innovate.

The successful candidate will have a strong interest in optics/imaging, nanofabrication and experimental work. They should: enjoy working at the interface between different disciplines; be keen to take the initiative with independent creativity and problem solving; and exhibit strong motivation toward the project. In addition, they will require: demonstrably excellent oral and written communication skills; strong team working skills; and a significant critical thinking capability. Examples of any past experience that demonstrates these characteristics should be highlighted in the cover letter that accompanies any application. We expect the candidate will develop into an independent experimental researcher and will present their work in academic journals, at conferences.

Please refer to the Further Information document for full details about the project description. More information on VISION Lab can be found on our website (

The PhD programme associated with this studentship would start in October 2019. The funds for this post is available for 3.5 years in the first instance. The student must complete the programme in 42 months. This funded PhD project will be based in the Department of Physics at the University of Cambridge. Funding is available at standard EPSRC studentship rates.

Funding is restricted to home/EU nationals and eligible to live and work in UK. Overseas candidates are encouraged to contact Dr Sarah Bohndiek to discuss funding opportunities.

Requests for more information about the project or questions related to candidate experience or suitability prior to applying should be made by emailing Dr Sarah Bohndiek ( with the subject line “Nanophotonic PhD 2019” before the application to the University is complete.

The successful candidate will be expected to meet the graduate admissions entrance requirements of the University of Cambridge and formally apply for admission at

When submitting an application to the University, please also send your CV and a cover letter as attachments to Dr Sarah Bohndiek at Your CV should include the names and contact details of two academic referees who have agreed to act on your behalf. Your cover letter should highlight your relevant abilities and experience, explain why you are suitable for the role, and how you learned of the studentship.

Please note that if you wish to be considered for other University of Cambridge funding competitions then you must submit your application form by the following deadlines to be considered:


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