Novel detector design and pixel innovations

Qualifications Duration Start dates Application period
PhD Full time: 3–4 years February and October January to April
Full time: 3–4 years
Start dates
February and October
Application period
January to April

In the field of CCD imaging sensors, scientists in the Centre for Electronic Imaging have worked on detector development for many space applications, from technology development of new sensors types through to flight detector testing and delivery of sensors for use in-flight. Specialising in radiation damage, the Centre for Electronic Imaging carries out a wide range of experimental testing and simulation, including protons, electrons, gammas, neutrons and heavy ions.

The applications areas of CMOS image sensors for X-ray detection are expanding, and new developments concentrate on achieving physically thick sensitive layers and stacked devices for greater detection efficiency. One of the largest users of X-ray CMOS sensors is instrumentation at synchrotron light sources and free electron lasers. Our studentships investigate a range of applications using CMOS sensors for soft X-ray detection in both terrestrial and space use, and involve concept studies, design and build of hardware and data analysis.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent). If you are not a UK citizen, you may need to prove your knowledge of English.

Current/recent research projects

  • Development of an X-ray camera for the OGRE sounding rocket
  • Development of an imaging camera for UKube-1
  • Investigation of electron multiplying CCD technology for space astronomy
  • Radiation damage in scientific sensors for space
  • Development of CMOS imager for the JANUS camera on JUICE
  • Study of the radiation damage in orbit for the Gaia focal plane array
  • Pxyel - A universal model for detector simulations for space applications
  • CMOS Image Sensor for the THESEUS X-ray Space Telescope
  • WFIRST: EMCCD detector development for space applications (2020)
  • Euclid:  Trap Pumping analysis data products for the Euclid Science Ground Segment.
  • Comet Interceptor: Performance testing and verification of CoCa’s detector

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

UK fee International fee
Full time: £4,786 per year Full time: £15,698 per year
Part time: £2,393 per year Part time: £7,849 per year

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