PhD in “Intelligent image analytics for in-vivo micro camera applications in biophotonics”

Tyndall National Institute
February 28, 2023
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PMO- 34 PhD in “Intelligent image analytics for in-vivo micro camera applications in biophotonics”

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

PIADS Centre for Doctoral Training PhD Studentships

We have a prestigious PIADS PhD position available in the Biophotonics Team under supervision of Simon Sorensen, Ray Burke and Stefan Andersson Engels. Students will join an exciting and well-established Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) hosted by IPIC (the Irish Photonics Integration Centre) in the Republic of Ireland (ROI), and in partnership with Queens University Belfast and the University of Glasgow. You will be based at Tyndall National Institute, and registered as PhD student at University College Cork. You will have access to an advanced structured training programme, to world class facilities and academic expertise that spans the partners in IPIC as well as the University of Glasgow and Queen's University in Belfast.

Project details: Intelligent image analytics for in-vivo micro camera applications in biophotonics.

Commercial micro camera technology is largely derived from the smartphone market and comes with a limited resolution and sensitivity. To adapt the technology for impactful clinical translation, there is a strong unmet need to enhance the image quality and to develop application-specific tools for tracking and classification. Examples include tracking anatomical features such as vessels in real-time and identification of biomarkers indicative of cancer from multispectral imaging. The primary operational modes can broadly be classified as surgical guidance (navigation) and diagnostics, each with a specific set of requirements. Algorithmic enhancements, in conjunction with multimodal and multispectral sensing schemes, can significantly improve both modes of operation.

This project aims to develop novel and intelligent computer vision algorithms for clinical applications, making emphasis on the use of deep learning, specifically for micro camera applications, which has a unique set of requirements and challenges and where the use of state-of-art approaches can be modelled as a domain adaptation problem. This project will initiate a new and impactful collaboration between BioPhotonics@Tyndall and the Centre for Data Science and Scalable Computing at Queens. This project complement and benefit from the hardware-focused collaboration with Prof. Woods' group in Queens.

Essential criteria

  • First or upper second-class honour's degree (or equivalent international degree) in a relevant field, such as physics, electrical engineering, biomedical engineering or computer science.
  • Master's degree in a relevant field
  • Good programming skills and willingness to learn.
  • Highly self-motivated, be able to demonstrate initiative and have a desire to learn.
  • The candidate must demonstrate proficiency in English.
  • Desirable criteria

  • Experience with image analysis and AI
  • Experience with programming in Python and/or Matlab
  • Good mathematical skills and knowledge of mathematical modelling tools
  • Why Apply

    As a student on the programme you will join a vibrant, supportive and engaging cohort of over 40 students and will have the chance to travel and attend a bespoke week long induction programme with students from all three partners, an annual Winter & Summer School and have access to advanced training courses in areas such as semiconductor fabrication, packaging, biophotonics and entrepreneurship. In addition, IPIC and PIADS have many industry partners that will open up many research and career opportunities.

    Graduating PIADS doctoral students are equipped with the highest level of scientific and engineering research skills needed to address the challenges of developing new integrated photonic technologies for diverse applications, as well as with the entrepreneurial, leadership and teamwork capabilities needed to lead and operate at the highest levels in industry. The programme is a gateway to a vast array of career paths from data storage, semiconductors, telecommunications, biophotonics, medical technologies and more.

    What we offer

    A fully-funded PhD position that includes a stipend of €18,500/year for up to four years and full coverage of academic fees. The successful candidate will be registered as PhD student at University College Cork.

    Closing date for application is 28th February 2023.

    Successful candidates may start their PhD position latest in September 2023.

    For any informal queries, please contact Elisabeth Wintersteller at

    Further details can be found at: https: // www.

    Application Instructions

    Step 1 - Clickhere to download and complete the Application form and indicate the Job Reference PMO-34

    Step 2 – Return the completed Application form, together with your CV and motivation letter

    Please ensure that your motivation letter, CV and application letter are submitted in pdf format

    Postgraduate applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency as per UCC regulations (https: // www. Certificates should be valid (usually less than 2 years old) and should be uploaded with their application. In special circumstances the panel may consider a prior degree in English (e.g. Master thesis written in English) as evidence of English language proficiency.

    Please note that Garda vetting and/or an international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

    The University, at its discretion, may undertake to make an additional appointment(s) from this competition following the conclusion of the process.

    At this time, Tyndall National Institute does not require the assistance of recruitment agencies.

    Tyndall National Institute at University College, Cork is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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