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Centre for Advanced Instrumentation


EPSRC Funded Studentship in Adaptive optics and Ophthalmic Instrumentation,

Department of Physics, Centre for Advanced Instrumentation, Durham University

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in Optics and Photonics to work with Professors Gordon Love and John Girkin in the Department of Physics at Durham University. The EPSRC will pay the fees and cover the usual student stipend for 3.5 years from October 2015.

The Centre for Advanced Instrumentation is one of the leading centres World-wide for research into Adaptive Optics with topics ranging from astronomy, to ophthalmic optics. We are seeking a physicist or engineer with an interest in optics to pursue a PhD in ophthalmic optics using adaptive optics. The specific project will depend on the interests of the students but will potential involve measuring accommodation in the eye (the ability to focus) and/or new ways to measure people¹s eyesight. It is likely to involve collaboration with (and potentially travel to) collaborators at Oxford, Bangor (UK) and UC Berkeley (USA).

Applicants should have or expect to attain a good (first or upper second class) honours degree in physics, engineering or a related subject.

The closing date for applications is Friday 27nd February 2015.

Applications can be made online at

Informal enquiries are welcome and should please be directed to Prof.Gordon Love at

Senior Adaptive Optics Scientists

The Centre for Advanced Instrumentation (CfAI) is seeking two experienced adaptive optics (AO) scientists to join an expanding group of scientists and engineers within the Centre for Advanced Instrumentation that is designing systems for astronomical adaptive optics. The vacancies have arisen due to the granting by the EU of a substantial grant to Durham University in partnership with Paris Observatory and two industrial partners to develop advanced real-time software and hardware computer systems targeted at the next generation of extremely large telescopes (ELT). The successful candidate will be part of a leading instrumentation group with an exceptionally strong track record in astronomical and space instrumentation.

The senior adaptive optics scientist will be expected to take a leading role in the EU funded ‘Green Flash’ project aimed at designing and building a prototype ELT scale real-time control system targeted at the first generation of AO assisted instrumentation for the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). He or she will be expected to manage the challenging timescales of this project and the quality control of both software and hardware particularly during the assembly, integration and test phase. As well as advanced software engineering, the development and implementation of advanced AO algorithms will be a critical part of the work.

It is expected that the successful candidate will take a leading role both in the Green Flash project and in other major projects within the CfAI with an emphasis on the development of complex software systems both for instrumentation control and for simulation.

These are initially fixed term positions for 2 years and the closing date for applications is 5 March 2016.

Details on how to apply can be found on the main University Vacancy Site.

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