Medical Engineering: Fully Funded EPSRC PhD Scholarship: Development of deepometry for the supervised and weakly supervised learning of imaging data

Closing date: 2 February 2022

Key Information

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Funding providers: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Subject areas: Medical Engineering

Project start date: 1 April 2022 (Enrolment open from mid-March)

Aligned programme of study: PhD in Medical Engineering

Mode of study: Full-time

Project supervisors: Dr Claire Barnes, Professor Paul Rees and Professor Huw Summers

Project description: 

Imaging flow cytometry offers the opportunity to image millions of cells in a short period of time, it offers the possibility of being a transformative technology in the diagnosis of a host of diseases. This project will use the latest algorithms in AI to analyse the large big datasets generated using this system from a host of clinical collaborations.

Specifically we will build on, Deepometry, an open-source workflow developed with the objective of applying deep learning algorithms to the analysis of cytometry data which was developed in collaboration with GSK and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

‘Deepometry 2’ aims to develop our current software for use on both 2D and 3D images and to use the technology to image tissue from patient samples. This project will involve software development and the application of this deep learning tool to a number of exciting datasets. 

The project will be in conjunction with researchers GSK, Philadelphia, US and Stevenage, UK who will provide financial assistance for the applicant to spend time at GSK and work on key research problems. 

Eligibility

Candidates must normally hold an undergraduate degree at 2.1 level (or Non-UK equivalent as defined by Swansea University) in Engineering or similar relevant science discipline including medical engineering and computer science. See - Country-specific Information for European Applicants 2019 and Country-specific Information for International Applicants 2019.

English Language requirements: If applicable - IELTS 6.5 Overall (5.5+ each comp.) or Swansea University recognised equivalent. Full details of our English Language policy, including certificate time validity, can be found here.

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is open to UK candidates only.

NB: If you are holding a non-UK degree, please see Swansea University degree comparisons to find out if you meet the eligibility. 

If you have any questions regarding your academic eligibility based on the above comparison, please email pgrscholarships@swansea.ac.uk with the web-link to the scholarship(s) you are interested in. 

Funding

This scholarship covers the full cost of UK tuition fees and an annual stipend of £15,609. 

Additional research expenses will also be available. 

How to Apply

To apply, please complete your application online with the following information:

  1. Course choice – please select Nanotechnology, Ph.D. / Full-time / 3 Year / April
  2. Start year – please select 2022
  3. Funding (page 8) –
  • ‘Are you funding your studies yourself?’ – please select No
  • ‘Name of Individual or organisation providing funds for study’ – please enter ‘RS16 - PhD Medical Engineering

*Please note that applications received without the above information may not be considered.

As part of your online application, you MUST upload the following documents (please do not send these via email):

  • CV
  • Degree certificates and transcripts (if you are currently studying for a degree, screenshots of your grades to date are sufficient)
  • A cover letter including a ‘Supplementary Personal Statement’ to explain why the position particularly matches your skills and experience and how you choose to develop the project.
  • Two references (academic or previous employer) on headed paper or using the Swansea University reference form. Please note that we are not able to accept references received citing private email accounts, e.g. Hotmail. Referees should cite their employment email address for verification of reference.
  • Evidence of meeting English Language requirement (if applicable).
  • Copy of UK resident visa (if applicable)
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Monitoring Form

Informal enquiries are welcome, please contact Dr Claire Barnes (C.M.Barnes@swansea.ac.uk).