PhD Position in Biomedical Engineering
University of Nottingham
United Kingdom

PhD Position in Biomedical Engineering

Location:  UK Other
Closing Date:  Friday 07 June 2024
Reference:  ENG1759

This exciting opportunity is based within the Optics and Photonics Research Group at the Faculty of Engineering (FoE), University of Nottingham which conducts cutting-edge research into the development of technology for biomedical applications.


We are seeking PhD students who are motivated, curious and passionate about scientific research. Together we will make technological advances in cancer research that can make a difference in the way the cancer is diagnosed or even treated.


The prognosis of cancer is an extremely challenging task. Treatments often deliver a different outcome on similar patients. Currently, there is a major global push to develop technologies that allow the inclusion of a larger and wider range of biomarkers. These are key to ensuring treatments are appropriate for patients. One potential biomarker is given by the mechanical properties of cells and tissue, however these remain largely uncharacterised.     


By using phonon microscopy and artificial intelligence, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate the existence, relevancy and applicability of mechanical biomarkers in the determination of the state and progression of cancer cells by the use of novel imaging, and sensing techniques. You will work with both experts in cancer and optoacoustic instrumentation to deliver new insights into the mechanical properties of cancer and their relationship with disease progression.

Who we are looking for

An enthusiastic, self-motivated, resourceful candidate with a 1st or 2:1 in Engineering or Physics. Programming and signal processing and fundamental skills to undertake the project however experience in optics, ultrasonics and or cell culture will be also beneficial. The project will take place at the University Park campus and will provide an excellent platform for career development, travel and publication.

Funding support

Funding for this opportunity is targeted at UK nationals, and exceptional international candidates can also be considered. The University of Nottingham actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.


The Faculty of Engineering provides a thriving working environment for all postgraduate students (PGRs) creating a strong sense of community across research disciplines. Community and research culture is important to our PGRs and the FoE supports this by working closely with our Postgraduate Research Society (PGES) and our PGRs Research Group Reps to enhance the research environment for PGRs. PGRs benefit from training through the Researcher Academy’s Training Programme, those based within the Faculty of Engineering have access to bespoke courses including sessions on paper writing, networking and career development after the PhD. The Faculty has outstanding facilities and works in partnership with leading industrial partners. 

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When applying for this studentship, please include the reference number (beginning ENG and supervisors name) within the personal statement section of the application. This will help in ensuring your application is sent directly to the academic advertising the studentship. 

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.




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