Research Opportunities

Research in the Ultrasonics Research Group is multidisciplinary and can involve any of the following; development of transducer technology, electronic design, software design, signal processing and imaging, experimental work. Applications are always welcome from (i) graduate Engineering or Physics students wishing to study to Doctorate level, and (ii) postdoctoral researchers willing to pursue high-quality research in any of the following general areas:

  • Ultrasonic transducer design and development of associated electronics
  • Medical ultrasound
  • Elasticity imaging/elastography
  • Temperature estimation using ultrasound
  • Ultrasonic communication systems
  • Non-contact non-destructive testing (NDT) and materials characterisation
  • Applications of air-coupled ultrasound
  • Laser generation/detection of ultrasound
  • Ultrasonic flow measurement
  • Ultrasonic imaging techniques
  • Digital Signal Processing (DSP)

Other similar or related areas of research will also be considered. Please contact the Ultrasonics Research Group to discuss any research ideas on an informal basis.

Postgraduate Funding

A variety of sources of funding under from the Irish Research Council (IRC) are available to potential postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Postgraduate scholarships are awarded by the IRC to graduates who wish to undertake research to either Masters or doctorate level. The scholarship is currently valued at €24,000 per annum for up to three years for a PhD by research, or four years for a structured PhD programme, with €16,000 per annum going directly to the student. Applications are normally due in January of each year. Previous success rates have been at about 20%.

Postdoctoral Funding

Applications from postdoctoral researchers interested in working in the Ultrasonics Research Group are also invited. Postdoctoral Research Fellowships of up to €31,275 per annum for two years are available from IRC. These are open to applicants worldwide, the closing date for applications is in February. EU nationals may also apply for Marie Curie Fellowships which can provide funding for stays of up to 2 years.

Other sources of research funding may become available at any time, and potential researchers are encouraged to send in their CV, and to seek out grants and scholarships, particularly if they are from non-EU countries.

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