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A 48-month full time, fully funded EngD in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Photonics and supported by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Medical Devices Unit (

Number of places



Home fee, Travel costs, Stipend


1 February 2020


28 February 2020


4 years


To be considered for the project, candidates must:

  • Possess, or expect to obtain, a first class or upper second (2:1) Masters degree (MPhys, MEng, or MSc – Merit or above) in a relevant engineering or physics related subject. Candidates with a BSc or BEng at 1st class classification and with additional research experience will also be considered.
  • Be a UK or eligible EU national and adhere to Research Council (RCUK) eligibility criteria
  • Candidates should possess good programming skills, experience in image processing and graphics, good communication skills and be highly motived.
  • Relevant degree subjects: physics & electronic and electrical engineering
  • Non-native English speakers must ensure they meet the English language requirements. Please check the CDT website at: for English language requirements and advice.

Eligibility for RCUK studentships

  • Research Council (RC) fees and stipend can only be awarded to UK and EU students and not to EEA or International students.
  • EU students are only eligible for RC stipend if they have been resident in the UK for 3 years, including for study purposes, immediately prior to starting their PhD.
  • If an EU student cannot fulfil this condition then they are eligible for a fees only studentship.
  • International students cannot be funded from RC funds unless they are ‘settled’ in the UK. ‘Settled’ means being ordinarily resident in the UK without any immigration restrictions on the length of stay in the UK. To be ‘settled’ a student must either have the Right to Abode or Indefinite leave to remain in the UK or have the right of permanent residence in the UK under EC law. If the student’s passport describes them as a British citizen they have the Right of Abode.
  • Students with full Refugee status are eligible for fees and stipend.

Project Details

The EngD student will be based at the West of Scotland PET Centre. This is one of the busiest PET Centres in the UK with on site cyclotron (GE PET Trace 6), associated laboratories and 2 clinical PETCT scanners. Whilst the centre currently houses a GE Discovery 690 and GE Discovery 710 PETCT scanner, the former will be renewed in 2021 with a state of the art digital PETCT.  Medical, scientific and technological staff are based in the centre facilitating multidisciplinary support for research activities.


The PET department is co-located with the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre.  The cancer centre is the second biggest department in the United Kingdom and provides radiotherapy and systemic anticancer treatment to a catchment population of 2.6 million people.


The Pathology department is located at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, it is the largest pathology department in the UK and  is a centre for diagnostic digital pathology. It has close working ties with both of the above departments in order to support this exciting interdisciplinary research project. The University has fully equipped laboratory and library facilities to support the student.

Funding Details

The EngD is funded by the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Photonics and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Medical Devices Unit. EngD students will receive at least £20,777 per annum and have fees paid for the duration of the 4-year programme.


EngD students will also receive additional funding of up to £4,000 to attend conferences. Travel to CDT skills courses will also be paid.


The primary supervisor will be Prof. Stephen Marshall, a professor in the Centre for Signal & Image Processing within the Institute for Sensors, Signals and Communications. Prof Marshall’s research interests include many aspects of image processing including hyperspectral imaging and medical image processing.

How to apply

Candidates interested in applying should first email Professor Marshall (, or tel: +44 (0)141 548 2199 for an informal discussion.


Formal applications are submitted via the Heriot-Watt website .


Under level of study, please select ‘Postgraduate Research’, then choose ‘Applied Photonics, EngD’ as your programme selection.


Please submit the following supporting documents. We cannot progress applications until they are complete.  A complete application should include the following:

  • An up-to-date CV
  • Previous degree certificates and transcripts (if your transcript is in a language other than English, please submit an English version. you can obtain these from your university)
  • Two academic references – The CDT Applied Photonics programme requires two academic references and it is your responsibility to ensure that both are received by the CDT. These can be emailed directly to .  It is also possible for you to request and upload one academic reference via the online recruitment system.   References should be on headed paper please. Employer references are also accepted from applicants applying from a relevant industry background.
  • English language evidence (if applicable). Please check the CDT website at:  for English language requirements and advice.
  • Under the field ‘Research project information’ please list your projects of interest and your order of preference. Please note you are not required to submit a project proposal when applying to our CDT.


Following review of the application submissions, selected candidates will be invited for a stage 1 academic interview and if successful a stage 2 industry interview. Application submission deadline is 28th February 2020. The project will start on 1 September 2020.