Physics PhD Studentship in Biomedical Spectroscopy (Exeter)

Location: Streatham Campus, Exeter

The University of Exeter invites applications to pursue a PhD in the area of biomedical spectroscopy. This exciting multidisciplinary project is jointly funded between the Science and Technology Facilities Council (Biomedical Network), and the University of Exeter and is at the cutting edge of laser (Raman) spectroscopy for the detection of and stratification of prostate cancers.

The collaborative partnership has a track record of pioneering vibrational spectroscopic techniques for detection and diagnosis of early disease. This includes cancers, pre-cancers and local and systemic infections. This high profile multidisciplinary project includes the use of vibrational microspectroscopy and imaging techniques, both via Raman and IR, as innovative and non-destructive methods for histological section characterization, and ultimately the development of novel methods for the non-invasive diagnosis of cancer using emerging Deep Raman spectroscopy: Spatially Offset Raman (SORS) and Transmission Raman spectroscopy.

The studentship would be based in the Biomedical Imaging Unit at the University of Exeter, with regular work performed at the world renowned Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and the Diamond synchrotron light source in Oxfordshire. The student will be enrolled at the University of Exeter in the Department of Physics and will be jointly supervised by Prof Nick Stone (Exeter) and Prof Pavel Matousek (STFC-RAL). Clinical project supervision will be provided by Mr John McGrath (Consultant Urological Surgeon, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital).

For informal enquiries contact Prof Nick Stone at

Applicants should have or expect to achieve at least a 2:1 Honours degree, or equivalent, in Physics, Chemistry, or Biomedical Engineering.

To apply, you must complete the online web form. You will be asked to submit some personal details and upload a full CV, covering letter and details of two academic referees. Your covering letter should outline your academic interests, prior research experience and reasons for wishing to undertake this project.
For general enquiries please contact

Funding Notes:
Three year studentship: Tuition fees [UK/EU] and an annual maintenance allowance at current Research Council rate

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Raman spectroscopy has already proved its effectiveness in many cases for medical diagnostics such as for cancer, cardiovascular diseases and infections. However, there are no standards in the different working groups, e.g. for sample preparation, implementation of the Raman experiments, spectra pre-treatment, data evaluation, etc.In a round robin experiment, the required groundwork will take place in order to define standardised Raman measurement methods, which will be fundamental for establishing Raman spectroscopy for clinical diagnostic procedures.

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