PhD Studentship: Supercontinuum Radiation for the Development of Automated Microscopy Platforms

University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge – Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

Applications are invited for a fully funded 3-year PhD studentship to be held in the Laser Analytics Group at the University of Cambridge (  The position is available from January 2017 and is funded by the Marie Sk¿odowska-Curie Action Innovative Training Network SUPUVIR – SUPercontinuum broadband light sources covering UV to IR applications. The project will be part of a European wide collaboration to investigate the generation and application of supercontinuum radiation for the use in fundamental and applied science applications.

The present project will seek to use wide bandwidth supercontinuum light to develop a next generation automated fluorescence microscope that permits the imaging of biological samples over long periods of time. In particular, the platform will incorporate a capability to measure fluorescence emission intensity, spectrum, and lifetime from each image pixel. We will make use of custom designed pulsed supercontinuum sources developed in conjunction with our industrial and academic partners in the programme, and combine these with state-of-the-art microscopic imaging modalities available in the Laser Analytics Group.

The SUPUVIR consortium includes ten organisations from six European countries.  Combined training activities and research visits to the laboratories of the partners will form part of the programme. The students will also benefit from an integration into activities organised via the Cambridge Centre for Doctoral Training in Sensor Technologies and Applications (


Applicants should hold the equivalent of a UK first class honours degree in physics, optical engineering or a related discipline. International qualifications can be checked for equivalency at Expertise in microscopy development and biophotonics is highly advantageous.

Only applicants who have graduated in the last 4 years can be considered for this position.  Applicants can be of any nationality, but must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the last 3 years.

How to apply:

Applications should include a cover letter, CV, detailed academic transcripts and the contact details of at least two academic referees, and should be sent to

For informal enquiries please contact Caroline Yan-Man-Shing ( or Prof. Clemens Kaminski (

Please quote reference NQ09830 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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