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PhD opportunities in laser engineering at
the University of Liverpool

  • Three year full-time tailored programme of PhD research in Laser Engineering
  • Contribute to how lasers are transforming the modern world
  • Study in a top rated (RAE 5*A) research environment
  • Applications are invited from candidates with (or expecting to gain) a first degree at 2.1(Hons) or better in any engineering or science discipline
  • EPSRC Studentships (to cover fees and maintenance) available to UK based applicants ...more
  • Currently, we are particularly interested in offering programmes in the areas of:

    • laser welding
    • laser forming
    • laser direct fabrication
    • laser cleaning
    • sensing and control of laser processes
    • laser microfabrication

    We are also interested in hearing form candidates with an interest in the FE modelling or mathematical modelling of laser processes.

  • CURRENT OFFERS
    - Smart Functional Components for Aerospace Applications

    -
    Development of an in vivo Optical Coherence Tomography System for the Detection and Diagnoses of Cancers

  • APPLICATIONS

 

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Position: PhD RESEARCH PROJECT
Date posted: 15th January 2005

Smart Functional Components for Aerospace Applications

K G Watkins, Laser Group, Department of Engineering

The Laser Group at University of Liverpool is taking part in a major UK-wide project (FLAVIIR) to research next generation technologies for an unmanned air vehicle (UAV). FLAVIIR involves 10 UK universities together with BAE Systems and EPSRC in a Grand Challenge to develop the range of scientific and technological breakthroughs required for UAVs of the future. In recognition of the scope and scale of the FLAVIIR project, EPSRC has awarded a number of research studentships specifically to be taken up within the programme (FLAVIIR DTA studentships). Applications are invited from students wishing to carry out PhD research to join the Laser Group's work within the programme. Funding (maintenance and fees) will be at standard EPSRC rates.

The Laser Group project within FLAVIIR concerns the use of high power lasers for the "direct writing" of sensors (for example to monitor stress/strain levels, temperature, moisture, etc) for the continuous monitoring of key mechanical and materials properties in functioning UAV components based on high performance carbon-fibre resin composites. A range of novel laser based direct writing (DW) methods (including LIFT, MAPLE, laser ablation) will be used in conjunction with non laser based DW techniques (such as nScrypt or ink jet printing) to investigate novel means of depositing sensor arrangements to meet the monitoring requirements. Subsequent testing will be carried out on the components produced to determine the effect on functional properties (strength, stiffness, fatigue) and to test for the efficiency of the information achievable via the deposited sensors.

It is anticipated that the successful applicant would join the Liverpool team in its work the wider FLAVIIR programme and interact with the various groups at work within it, particularly BAE Sowerby Research Laboratories.

FUNDING: EPSRC DTA studentships allocated to FLAVIIR programme (held by Cranfield University). Applicants will need to apply for funding from this source via Prof Watkins

CONTACT:
Professor K G Watkins (Director)
Laser Engineering Group

Department of Engineering

University of Liverpool
Brownlow Street
Liverpool
L69 3GH

Phone: 0151 794 4820
Fax: 0151 794 4585

email: k.watkins@liv.ac.uk

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Position: PhD RESEARCH PROJECT
Date posted: 8th November 2004

Development of an in vivo Optical Coherence Tomography System
for the Detection and Diagnoses of Cancers

K G Watkins and T J Bullough, Department of Engineering

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is an experimental imaging technique used to acquire high-resolution images of various sites in the human body. The technique is analogous to ultrasound imaging with structural information obtained from reflections from boundary layers. OCT has been used in the diagnosis of various pathologies characterized by structural or optical changes.

This PhD would develop existing apparatus into a clinical tool for in vivo use (primarily, gastroenterology) whilst developing rapid data analysis software.

The use of OCT as a monitoring technique to other laser based treatments is a new area for investigation with potentially beneficial clinical applications. One such technique is photodynamic therapy (PDT) where a laser is used to treat a cancer, which has selectively taken up a certain drug. This project will also investigate the use of this system and monitor the feasibility using OCT to monitor PDT.

This work would be carried out at the Medical Laser Institute of Lasers for Life, as part of an active multi-disciplinary research group investigating the use of Optical Coherence Tomography in medicine, and in particular oesophageal cancers. The Primary Project Contact at Lasers for Life will be Dr Caroline D Sudworth,

FUNDING: Support by Departmental EPSRC funds

CONTACT:
Professor K G Watkins (Director)
Laser Engineering Group

Department of Engineering

University of Liverpool
Brownlow Street
Liverpool
L69 3GH

Phone: 0151 794 4820
Fax: 0151 794 4585

email: k.watkins@liv.ac.uk

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