PhD Studentship – Cancer Diagnostics using Nano-ultrasonics and Artificial Intelligence -University of Nottingham

The Optics and Photonics Group from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham (UK) is pleased to offer a PhD opportunity on fundamental research on novel approaches for cancer diagnostics.

The mechanical properties of cells and tissue, particularly at the micro and nano levels, play a crucial role in biology. Over the past few years, there has been a significant increase in interest in techniques for characterizing mechanical properties due to the strong links between tissue mechanics and various health issues.

This project aims to utilize biomechanical imaging [1,2] to prove the possibility of using artificial intelligence (AI) and biomechanical data for cancer diagnosis. Additionally, it aims to establish a basis for advancing our comprehension of cancer biology.

We are seeking qualified candidates with backgrounds in Engineering, Physics or similar for a multidisciplinary project that encompasses instrumentation, optics, cell culture and  artificial intelligence. The project presents an outstanding opportunity for career growth, including:

  • Hands-on exposure to cutting-edge nano-ultrasonics, bio-photonics, and microscopy.
  • Possibility of publishing high-caliber research.
  • Chance to attend conferences in the UK, Europe, and beyond to share research findings.
  • An excellent starting point for pursuing an academic career.

Funding only available for UK nationals only, however exceptionally good international candidates will be considered. Deadline to apply: 30th of June.   inquiries to be addressed to Dr. Fernando Perez-Cota:

Please apply here

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.

The Faculty of Engineering provides a thriving working environment for all PGRs creating a strong sense of community across research disciplines. Community and research culture is important to our PGRs and the FoE support this by working closely with our Postgraduate Research Society (PGES) and our PGR 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 developed for Engineering PGRs. 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. 

[1] Pérez-Cota et al. (2020). Picosecond ultrasonics for elasticity-based imaging and characterization of biological cells. In Journal of Applied Physics (Vol. 128, Issue 16, p. 160902). American Institute of Physics Inc.

[2] Pérez-Cota. F. et al (2016). High resolution 3D imaging of living cells with sub-optical wavelength phonons. Scientific Reports, 6(1), 39326.

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