Phd Places 

We are always looking for talented and enthusiastic PhD students to join the HWQuantum group.  There are a number of funding routes for places, including Heriot-Watt University scholarships, SUPA scholarships, government, and research council funding.  

To apply for any position, please contact Dr. Jonathan Leach, and then visit https://www.hw.ac.uk/schools/engineering-physical-sciences/research/apply.htm

Open PhD positions

Single-photon computational imaging and data fusion using neural networks

Fully-funded 4-year programme
Student stipend of £15k per year
European/UK students only
Funded by Heriot-Watt University
Applications accepted all year round
Required experience in programming, statistics, and image processing

The goal of this PhD is to develop new algorithms for the fast processing of three-dimensional images from single-photon detector array sensors. These sensors are used to provide high-speed three-dimensional images, used in, for example, the consumer, automotive, and medical imaging industries. The current generation of sensors, however, have a low pixel count, so image processing methods are required to upscale the data and provide accurate, high-resolution images. We will achieve this through data fusion where information from multiple sources, e.g. high-resolution, 2D colour images and low-resolution, 3D images, are combined.

High-Speed 3D Imaging In Scattering Media

Fully-funded 4-year programme
Student stipend of £15k per year
European/UK students only
Funded by DSTL
Applications accepted all year round
Required experience in optics, engineering, system design

The goal of this PhD is to develop a low-power consumption, light-weight video imaging system that can measure in 3D continuously at speeds greater than 1000 frames per second.  We will develop a system that can see through scattering media at high frames rates.   The system will take advantage of the very latest developments in CMOS single-photon detector arrays and the very latest non-local image processing algorithms.  This unique combination hardware and processing will enable us to record high-resolution and continuous 3D images at frame rates greater than 1000 frames per second.  Applications of the technology in the defence sector span, 3D ballistics testing, safety testing, tracking, simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM), autonomous vehicles, surveillance, land surveys, robotics, atmospheric monitoring, and prototyping and manufacturing.


Post-doc positions

We currently do not have any post-doc positions available. Please contact Dr. Jonathan Leach for updates on potential positions.