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Helical cone-beam tomography reconstruction for airport security

School of Mathematics

University of Manchester

Helical scan cone-beam x-ray computed tomography has revolutionised three dimensional medical x-ray tomography.

Recently CT systems have been deployed in airports but these are too slow for routine use. CXR Ltd, a subsidiary of Rapiscan with an R&D section in Manchester, has developed a fast multi-detector multi-source CT scanner for airport security and industrial use.

Its use of multiple sources means that while the scan cycle is rapid the geometry is unusual.

This presents new theoretical and computational challenges for reconstruction.

The team on this project will consist of Professor Lionheart together with two post-doctoral research associate and two Ph.D. students, and we will work along side engineers and scientists from CXR.

The Inverse Problems group at Manchester also incorporates other research associates and students working on a range of inverse problems.

The group collaborates widely with other groups applying tomographic methods in medicine, industrial process monitoring and material science within Manchester and around the world.

The School of Mathematics has around 80 academic staff and is vibrant centre of research in pure and applied mathematics and statistics.

Candidates will be expected to have a first class Bachelor's degree in mathematics, including experience of implementing numerical algorithms in high-level languages.

The successful candidate will register for a Ph.D. in applied mathematics. One benefit of this position is that the candidate will gain experience of working closely with industrial collaborators.

There are two studentships available and they consist of a bursary of £14,000 p.a for three years in addition to the payment of home/EU fees.

In exceptional cases funding may be available to cover overseas fees.

For further information contact Prof Bill Lionheart via email (bill.lionheart [at]

To apply please complete the online application form at

Candidates must mention the project by name and also Prof Lionheart in the application

Candidates must also send an email directly to Prof Lionheart with a curriculum vitae and the names and addresses of two academic referees, and confirm that they have applied online.

Follow the links below for more details and application prospectus.

PhD Studentship in airport security

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