Underwater single‑photon depth imaging

This PhD project aims to investigate novel single&‑photon depth imaging. The successful candidate will investigate different single-photon technologies to obtain three‑dimensional images in several underwater environments.

The project will involve hands‑on experimental work and desk-based work, including data analysis and feasibility studies. Therefore, the candidate will develop skills in single‑photon detection, design and construction of experimental optical setups, and programming. The experimental work will also include to plan, prepare, and conduct field‑trials.

The candidate will closely collaborate with the Single‑Photon Group at Heriot‑Watt University, who is internationally leading the research in this field. In addition, this PhD will involve working with academic and industrial partners in several fields, including single‑photon detector array design, underwater robotics, and image processing.

Applicants must have or expect to have a first class degree or equivalent in physics or engineering course, and be strongly motivated with the drive required to pursue three years of intensive practical and theoretical work. The ideal candidate has a good knowledge of optics and photonics and experience in a laboratory environment is expected.

Heriot‑Watt's Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences (IPaQS) is a thriving environment for PhD research, having a total of 160 academics, postdocs, PhD and EngD students working full‑time in the general photonics field. Heriot‑Watt is based in a modern environment on the outskirts of Edinburgh (Scotland, UK), with excellent transport links to the centre of one of Europe's most exciting cities. Heriot‑Watt was recently awarded a UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Photonics, cementing Heriot‑Watt's reputation as a centre of excellence in photonics, and providing PhD students with an even more attractive environment for study, as well as enhanced training opportunities.

There are a number of scholarships available which offer funding from between 3 and 3.5 years at an average stipend rate of £15,000 per year.

How to apply

Contact info:

Dr Aurora Maccarone

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Professor Gerald S. Buller

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Enclose a CV, a brief summary of why you feel you are applicable and details of two professional references. A copy of an undergraduate experimental project report in a relevant area would enhance an application.

Applications are welcomed year‑round and there will be interviews at regular intervals throughout the year.