Research Fellow in Imaging and Sensing in Complex Media – AR2626MR
School of Physics and Astronomy
Vacancy Description
School of Physics and Astronomy, Salary: £34,304 - £36,382 per annum, Fixed Term: Until 31 March 2023 in the first instance, Start: As soon as possible
Applications are invited for Research Fellows to work on an EPSRC funded project to develop multimodal tools for biomedical imaging and sensing and food and drink security. The work is based within the Optical Manipulation Group in the School of Physics and Astronomy ( The group aims to build upon a range of internationally recognized work in the area of photonics and its applications at St Andrews. The specific topic area of this post is Raman spectroscopy and its integration with other measurement techniques in biophotonics.

We are particularly interested in researchers with prior experience in Raman spectroscopy or controlling the propagation of light through complex media, along with one or more of: probe design for disease diagnostics; multiphoton imaging; light sheet imaging; algorithms and methods for fast correction of optical aberrations through scattering media; imaging through multi-mode fibre; advanced chemometrics or the development and application of numerical methods of deep learning or multivariate analysis. The postholder will be employed until 31st March 2023, which is the end date of current funding. There is the possibility of extension based upon mutual agreement and the successful award of further grants.

The post-holder will be required to undertake both experimental work and numerical studies. They will play a leading role in developing and implementing new sensing modalities. The imaging will be conducted with a range of biological samples (including human tissue, cells, and bacteria), food and drink products (alcohols, olive oil and others) and a variety of other substances. The work will address challenges in antimicrobial resistance, cancer diagnosis and anti-counterfeiting in the food and drink industry.

Start Date: As soon as possible.

Informal enquiries (NOT full applications) to: Professor Kishan Dholakia,

Applications are particularly welcome from women, people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented in research posts at the University.

Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of the St Andrews experience. We strive to create a fair and inclusive culture demonstrated through our commitment to diversity awards (Athena Swan, Carer Positive, LGBT Charter, Race Charters and Stonewall). We celebrate diversity by promoting profiles of BAME, LGBTIQ+ staff and supporting networks including the Staff BAME Network; Staff with Disabilities Network; Staff LGBTIQ+ Network; and the Staff Parents & Carers Network. Full details available online:

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Closing Date: 1 December 2021

Further Particulars: AR2626MR FPs.doc

School of Physics and Astronomy
Salary: £34,304 - £36,382 per annum
Fixed Term: Until 31 March 2023 in the first instance
Start: As soon as possible