PhD Position on optoacoustic (closed)

PhD Position on Multimodality optoacoustic remote sensing/optical coherence tomography for in-vivo, real-time imaging of the human eye

About the Project

In ophthalmology, functional changes, such as the oxygenation of the retinal tissue, precede structural changes, which are very often first observed using the currently available technologies, therefore having the capability to detect them earlier is of paramount importance. Nowadays, several imaging techniques including Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), which steadily is becoming the gold standard, in producing structural images are used for diagnosing eye diseases in humans. However, none of these techniques is capable to provide accurate oxygen saturation maps of the retinal tissue, critical in investigating major blinding eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. One of the imaging techniques which has the capability to provide oxygenation maps of the biological tissue is opto-acoustic tomography (OAT). Unfortunately, OAT requires contact between the instrument and the tissue, therefore it is not suitable for in-vivo imaging the eye. Recently, a novel technique based on OAT, opto-acoustic remote sensing (OARS), not requiring contact with the tissue, has been demonstrated. Through this project, the capability of OARS to deliver retinal oxygenation maps of the eye’s retina will be evaluated. To this goal, multimodality imaging instruments equipped with OARS and OCT control channels will be developed to simultaneously produce functional and structural maps. The capability of this instrument in detecting abnormal retinal oxygenation levels in the retina will be analysed with collaborators from NHS Trust.


Applications must be received by 5 March 2023, 23:59 GMT

How to Apply

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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

– supporting documentation (Curriculum Vitae, transcript of results, two academic references)

– a statement to explain your reasons for study and your suitability and interest for this project.

– Please also include a description of your skills and experience, software expertise and digital signal processing and other information in support of your application with direct reference to the advertisement and further particulars, explain reasons for study/outline research proposal

– details/evidence of qualifications

– two academic references

– other personal information and supporting documentation.

You may also contact me, at, School of Physics and Astronomy, Ingram, University of Kent, CT2 7NH, UK, till the closing day.